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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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ChibiFang777 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
im surrounded by so much hate for your religion and people living here in georgia...v.v if you are still there and have the time, i would love to note you and find out what is the true faith behind all the rumors and media. i have a hard time believing that any "monster" could write what you have written above. it has moved me, and your pride and devotion to your faith is a leading example to all who walk under the watch of some greater force. whatever you choose to do, i wish you luck.
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chikuQ Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh :) Stay strong sister :hug: may Allah guide and help you :) 
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wasalaam and jazak Allah khair! :heart:
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chikuQ Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 :D
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alfian25 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
proud to be a muslim
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ohmygucci2000 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
masha allah!
i wish to become more of a proud and faithful muslim
thanks for inspiring me
:)
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Jazakallah khair! :)
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ohmygucci2000 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
'afwan
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FireWitch25 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
So beautiful, Masha Allah! I'm a Muslim too! People nowadays are stereotypical about Muslims and they assume things as well.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh salaam alaikum! :)
It's great to hear from other Muslims. Thank you so much!
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