Very unproductive video that divides our fractured Ummah. There are some very unbelievable comments within threads regarding this video. All I can say is we SERIOUSLY need to be better. #majorfail.
by Raya Najjar
This is going to be a personal point of view…therefore biased.
I’m going to start off by introducing myself, since the authors of the video will have no idea who I am, and are most likely reading this by now. If they’ve never seen this, make sure to send them here.
My site, Muslim Mommy USA has been around since June of 2016. With 10k visitors per month, alhumdulillah. I’ve also been blogging since 2002, was an event coordinator, retired Nurse, graphic and web designer…also had a home bakery in my past.
I’m a Muslim Revert of six years, mother of two, and wife. It has been a REAL struggle fitting in anywhere as a revert, or Muslim convert. I’ve been away from my non-Muslim family, my non-Muslim friends have dumped me, I feel like a charity case by many others, and feeling socially isolated.
There have been other Muslimas out there who have shown a smiling face, call you “sweet”, act like they’re nice, but once your back is turned…well…let’s just leave it at that.
The connection between born and Revert Muslimas is not a complete one. The “sisterhood” I was hoping to gain is weak, that which needs to be strengthened for a more United Ummah.
What nobody really knows is how there isn’t a net of happy born and Revert Muslims there to hold your hand, while you’ve made a life altering change that could drive many people you love and cared for far away, because they fear the unknown. Many of my revert sisters are pushed to get married to a Muslim man they don’t even know, and sometimes these men turn out to be abusive.
Let’s not deny that last part either. Scandalous, I know!
I recently watched a video on YouTube showing me exactly one of the few things we need to address as a United people. I’m not going to add their link or video here because I do not want to encourage any of you to contribute anymore views – this was pointed out to me by another Muslima blogger, and point taken!
Two young girls, one dressed up as a blonde haired revert, while the other a “regular” hijabi “friend”. The “blonde” one acts as if she didn’t know that pepperoni was pork, also didn’t know that pork is haram in general, and her taking a “selfie” while praying, and other antics.
If anything is true, reverts are more aware about how they dress, act, say, and eat because of the fact that we became Muslims, want to please the Creator, and appreciate the reasons why. Though we are not perfect at all.
I’ve got a pretty good sense of humor, usually shrugging off memes from non-Muslims, or young boys playing pranks on their father. But this one hit a chord. Maybe because it just wasn’t right?
These two…I love them for the sake of Allah sub hana wa ta’ala. I’m making a du’a that they recalibrate their moral compass towards our Islamic tenets. Maybe, also revisit what Allah says about making fun of people, and holding your tongue.
“If you ask them (about this), they declare: ‘We were only talking idly and joking.’ Say: ‘Was it at Allaah, and His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger that you were mocking?’
Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed”
Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Making fun of Allaah, His Signs and His Messenger is kufr (disbelief) and the one who does that disbelieves thereby after he had believed.”
I want to add that just because you add, what you would call, a really poor disclaimer in the end, does not make it less offensive to many. In fact, I don’t fully believe that you, the authors of the video, understand the discord that you have caused between Muslim sisters because of your choice in “comedic” content.
Let’s just look at the repercussions of your actions:
Now we have what I call “in-fighting” here, where we have Muslims against Muslims.
Final thoughts: as a blogger for over ten years, I definitely put in hours of research before I post anything. Whether it’s for a review, or any topic – research is important – backed up by proof, or references. This just seems a bit sloppy, and thrown together, with no regard for how reverts would feel about being portrayed as aimless and airheaded individuals, with no idea what we know, just “for a few laughs.”