What do you call a Brown Guy with a Beard??
If you have read my blog post that I wrote last year on January 11th 2011, then you would know the story and the answer. Not much has changed since then except in the person who was name calling. If you missed it then the link is given at the end.
So this teacher asked me smilingly “Are you from Saudi Arabia?” in a class full with students.
I asked him smilingly “Are you serious, do I look like an Arab? You should know that.”
He responded “I don’t know- Saudia Arabia or Afghanistan.”
Me: “Are you kidding me, just because of the beard.”
Ever wondered what a Brown guy with a Beard is called? This question arose after an incident that took place. Before anything, I know it is a little long post, so please bear with me because it is a very important issue. Also share it with others so that the discussion gets into the other communities!
So few months back my brother and I came to the realization that it is
obligatory wajib (command) on Muslim men to have beard. I know many brothers will jump on me and ask me century old questions, and I will inshallah (God-Willing) address those in some future posts, this one decision changed our outward appearance and taught many different lessons.
Change in our outward appearances resulted in the change of how people perceive us. Different people were asking me questions about why I am not shaving, what does it represent? Is beard the tribal pride or something? Of course there were some Muslim brothers who were supportive of this, many thanks to them for being there and more importantly to Allah Ta’ala for giving me the company of such friends.
I really like when people are eager to learn and they ask me questions. So I was happy that people were asking me questions that they would not ask such questions before but there were some others who resort to passing out judgement.
Washtenaw Community College’s Muslim Students Association Presents:
“Islam vs. Extremism”
Speaker: Dawud Walid
– The Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations- MI
Join WCC-MSA as Dawud Walid discusses the roots of extremism and the middle ground.
Tuesday February 23rd, 2010
6pm – 8pm
Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor Michigan,
Morris Lawrence Building, Room # 101.
Refreshments will be served.
Mark your calenders!
With the rise of anti-Muslim hate crimes, the spike in Islamophobia, and the ever so increasing ignorance and misunderstanding of Islam, it is essential to educate ourselves about Islam, the different types of extremism and the difference between Islam and extremism.
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