Reaction to a Particularly Racist Passive Aggressive & Prejudice YouTube Video about White Muslim Converts

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”

[al-Tawbah 9:65-66]

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:

Racist prejudice video

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.”

Muslim Mommy USA

Muslim Mommy USA is a Modern Parenting lifestyle blog for Muslim families living in the West.

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10 Comments

  1. Fateem

    September 23, 2017

    I’m glad that I haven’t watched it, just reading the video’s title has made me angry. What do they mean ‘when white people muslim’? Are they trying to say that white people can’t be muslims? That it’s some kind of a label that you just get to pick up and use?
    Having a revert husband, I fully get when you say that the sisterhood is weak, as I’ve heard/seen it first hand from my husband’s experience. Same goes for brothers. I know some communities have an amazing dedicated support group for reverts but it’s not available in a lot of places. It’s like as soon as they revert, they’re deemed as fully able to guide themselves in every hardship or challenges they come across as reverts. Ramadan and Eid times can be so lonely. May Allah guide them and all of us, I hope you’re ok now xx

  2. Afra

    September 23, 2017

    This is so sad. Firstly because young girls have the decency to mock like this and then at their age why are not thinking of doing other things rather than wasting their time on things that don’t benefit them and harm others and also themselves in the eyes of Allah. I am worried for our next generation and pray our children are fearful of Allah and stay steady on his path. Ameen

  3. meemfay

    September 23, 2017

    It’s sad to see how people have started making weird theories about other people aren’t we all humans born in the same way? Who are we to judge anyone?

  4. Aisha

    September 22, 2017

    SubhanAllah! It is so sad how quick people are to judge each other. I personally am in awe of reverts. I love reading their stories and struggles. I find it iman-boosting.

  5. Shanaz

    September 22, 2017

    This is totally ridiculous. I havent seen the video but I can very well imagine the mind set of people who can stoop to any level just to prove some irrelevent ideas. Always remember that Allah swt is all aware and all knowing of all the things. I only suggest that we do sabr for such things and just concentrate on our deeds. The steps you have taken to accept Islam which is not an easy task is far more noble than these things.

  6. Sumaira

    September 22, 2017

    This is upsetting to hear, why would anyone make such an insensitive video?! At the end of the day, all Muslims, including reverts, are just trying to do their best and He knows our intentions! No one should be judged for anything and we should all be supporting each other and lifting each other up!

  7. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    September 20, 2017

    It’s the trend now – to pick up some topic and bloat it up as much as possible for “the laughs”. It can be anything – something personal, a person’s appearance, his or her clothes, about anything. The generation is learning that it is perfectly OK to make fun of others and get away with it. I don’t know where to put the blame on, maybe it’s us who are allowing them to go ahead with it. I am with you, dear sister. I totally agree that it is not easy to be a revert, it takes a lot of courage to jump into a pool without knowing how deep the water is, AND without knowing if there are alligators in it! 🙁 Allah is the best judge to everything…

    • Muslim Mommy USA

      September 20, 2017

      Exactly! Who is to blame?

      I honestly believe that because the haraam are becoming more and more “normal” our youth are now losing their grip in what are true!

      This dunya is such a test for us…Allahu alam.

  8. Fozia

    September 20, 2017

    I saw this video yesterday but didn’t get a chance to comment on the post before it was taken down.

    I do have a sense of humour but this video completely made me cringe and I was shocked they would stoop to this level to get some likes.

    As a born muslim with a revert as a best friend I can safely say she is way more into the deen than I am and has actually taught ME stuff…so the video is downright insulting and not a reflection of any truth whatsoever when it comes to reverts. They don’t just revert casually…they learn before the covert.

    May Allah (swt) guide us all. Ameen.

    • Muslim Mommy USA

      September 20, 2017

      Thank you for your insight sister Fozia. This is a hidden issue in our community definitely and we must be stead fast in sha Allah! Allah guide us amin.

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