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I am Muslim by Tyshea I am Muslim by Tyshea
    As a Muslim, I do not follow tradition blindly
    As a Muslim, I do not conform to new age views without evaluation
    As a Muslim, I am constantly self-reflecting
    As a Muslim, I give charity and smile to strangers
    As a Muslim, I believe in a non-human, non-gendered, unimaginable God

    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel equally hated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I am thankful to have seen so many different perspectives at my age
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel closer to Allah

    As a Muslim artist, I do not have religious ultimatum
    As a Muslim artist, I am criticized for not devoting my art to my religion completely and blatantly
    As a Muslim artist, I devote myself instead to universal messages in hopes of reaching a wider audience
    As a Muslim artist, I fully love and indulge in the visual world created for us by God
    As a Muslim artist, I prove people wrong not by shoving my religion in their face, but showing them I am just a person like everyone else

    As a Gay Muslim, I believe in love above hate.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have been through constant, endless torment for simply loving someone.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have become infinitely more compassionate and understanding to others.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have found deeper, purer faith in Allah.
    As a Gay Muslim, I vow to never let my faith put others in danger, I vow to protect others who are bombarded by blind faith.

    This is me.
    I am constantly torn
    I am always falling
    I am sheltered
    I am afraid to speak
    But I am insanely proud



This was mainly for myself, to remind myself what it means to be me.
And to never give in to hate or anger.

Thanks to my friends for being the best, most accepting, most loving, and most wonderful family in the world.
Thank you for a great 21st birthday, and reminding me of the most important things in life.

Ask me any questions you like. I may choose to reply or not :)

[updated May 21, 2012]
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I am Muslim by *Tyshea

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MirzaBasics Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful *wipes tears from eyes* I'm a muslim too, Pakistani one though.  And I feel you because even though I live in America it still pains me to see so much hate comments for muslims. I should be used to it, but I'm not. It's really cool to see a Chinese muslim though. Asalaam alaikum! One question though. Are you female or male? Probably male based of your icon.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Asalaam alaikum! 
I don't think hateful treatment is something we can get used to, sadly... it's not something anyone should get used to, in my opinion.
I'm female though, haha!
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:iconwingedwitch:
WingedWitch Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Omg your muslim :D ! Thats amazing its okay about hate ignore them <3
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WingedWitch Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Asallam alaikum are you a gay muslim :o cool!!!
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marsme Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
omg are you muslim ? Me too :happybounce: ! But I live in Turkey Nod 
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, asalaam alaikum! Greetings from the U.S :D
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Baboushe Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Masha Allah! 
This is beautiful!
And the drawing and the little poem! I think i'm gonna cry!
Sincerly congradulations!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Jazakallah khair! You are too kind :blushes:
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:iconimaanie:
Imaanie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Salam Aleikum,
and I wish you infinite peace and happiness as a fellow muslim brother.
Your statements have nearly brought tears to my eyes.
I hope you continue to be proud of your beliefs and peace be upon you.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
alaikum salaam, may Allah ease and bring you relief. I hope you find solace knowing there are others like you out in the world :)
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Taz-Kid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
Salam

ur drawing is very cool. However the theme is contradiction from the description.(In my opinion)
I would like to have chance to talk to u IF ur cool with it? Understand; I want to see how this specific train of thought works as calling oneself muslim.

REALITY:
I know this message isnt going to reach u but my fiber being wants to reachout =]
Salam
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:iconutoran:
utoran Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you're a Gay and muslim how's that??? O ~o !!!
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:iconmelodyglow:
MelodyGlow Featured By Owner Edited May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm thinking the same thing!
I mean its fantastic, the message, the picture......
but, I can't help but feel as though many people don't understand some of the concepts of Islam.
This isn't me saying this, its in the Quran.
^-^
love the picture, hope you succeed in your endeavours!
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:iconutoran:
utoran Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Just Wow (jameel ;) )
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:iconchanelathena:
ChanelAthena Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
God bless you. I wish you the best in everything you choose to do <3
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
And bless you too, thank you!
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
-.-7  
 “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” 
                                                                                                                                                                                     -Rev Martin Luther King Jr
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” 
                                                                                                          -Mahatma Gandhi
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for showing me this soul. I found it but forgot about it. ~ C
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Your welcome
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:iconluvluvplz:
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
keep up the good work kid
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mfmp Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just want to congratulate you and, also, thank you for sharing something so personal about yourself and your beliefs. I thank you for being a beautiful human being, and I wish God bless you today and always, as well as your loved ones. And also, I pray for God to help us all love each other, respecting our beliefs, cultures and feelings, as well as help us be better Human Beings everyday. 

Thank you, again, dear brother :heart:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
And thank you for such a sweet comment. God bless you too, and all of us :heart:
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Mwiyumi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
A powerfull and amazing drawing <3 Barakallahu fik akhi :heart:
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Jazakallah khair, thank you :)
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Kaizellea Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I wish i were as brave as you :(
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Courage comes when the time is right, don't rush yourself :heart:
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Plancklength Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
"Do you see me as i see you?"... I doubt it, you're way cooler.

Anyway on a more serious note this is probably the most important piece of art i have seen on the site...or anywhere else now i come to think of it.
Thank you for gracing our lives with it.

P.s. And for the record im Agnostic....just as everyone else seems to be stating their own beliefs :P 
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow haha, I'm flattered, thanks very much! :blushes:
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SolidDreamz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely, lovely poem! This speaks to me, to my heart!
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faisalicang Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice art
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hybrid147 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As a Buddhist all I have to say is that Buddha's got your back as well man.  Saubhagyam (good luck).
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you so much! :)
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TheQueenOfEmber Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I don't care if someone is Catholic, Christian Jewish black white yellow purple. I don't like how people treat Muslims at all in fact all those people who judge Muslims can go throw themselves into a bottomless pit! And yes I do see you as you see me, Infact I think Muslims are quite awesome ^o^
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Sherbalo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
One of the most powerful drawing I saw. Let Allah be with you! ^v^
And only one more question I have: Why are you so damn awesome?! :'D
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you so much! X)))
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cookieeatspenguins Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Digital Artist
This helps me a little , i am surronded by people and family who are in a divded group like shia , sunni , etc. But not simply just muslim.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Happy it can help you! :heart:
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harleyquinnsfunhouse Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if that's true then why do they want to destroy Israel and the Jewish people?
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Because that's not true at all. What you're referring to is anti-Palestinian propaganda that's been fed to US citizens. You can read more about America and Isreal's war crimes and atrocities here: electronicintifada.net/content…
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harleyquinnsfunhouse Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay I read the articular and i understand where you are coming from but what concerns me about the subject is the heavy amount of antisemitism from Muslims in my school. I'm not being fed lies I see this it first hand. ps. I hope my last comment didn't come off as rude and I apologize if it did.  
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