The lived experience of racism Black South African Muslims go through everyday.

IMG_20170724_120957And this is how black South African Muslims experience racism from fellow Muslims

As my taxi turned into Plein Street, I began to feel thirsty. I shouted “after robot” as the taxi approached Wanderous Street. I got off looking at the long Braam/Auckland Park taxi line. I was conflicted on whether I should go buy water or join the line and get water on campus. My thirst won, and I went to the shop that’s next to the line. I often by stuff here, especially if I need anything that may not be available on campus. I head straight for the fridge and grab a bottle of water. I get to the till and pay. As I put my change into my purse, the shopkeeper asks me if I’m Muslim. Clearly, my hijab doesn’t give it away, so I respond positively. He asks “Are you South African?”

He then asks whether I am married to a Bangladeshi or Pakistani. I tell him that I’m not married. He then asks if I’m sure that I’m not married to a Bangladeshi or Pakistani.

At this point, I feel a spark of rage flaming up inside of me. It’s the same feeling of humiliation that I felt when a Pakistani man asked me to prove that I’m Muslim by reciting Quran verses in a taxi a few years ago. The same feeling that I always feel when my marital status to a foreign national is asked to verify whether I’m Muslim or not. The same feeling that I had when my friend was called a ‘kariya'( the Indian version of k*ffar) when we were 14. The same feeling that I had when a Maulana in school said that because of how our(black people) hair grows we will not enter Jannah. The same feeling that I had when my madressa teacher described munkar and nakir having dreadlocks when they punish sinners in the grave. The same feeling I had when we were told not to speak our home languages at school. The same feeling that I had when I could only be domestic worker every day when we played house-house in nursery school. The same feeling I had when my little sister was told that putting her Zulu beaded band on top of her scarf is haraam, yet Punjabis are halaal. The same feeling that I had when we were told that the women of Jannah are fair in complexion. The same feeling that I had when a Maulana at school asked why we (black students) kept our “Christian” names and further said non-Arab names like Shirin and Shabnam are acceptable “muslim names”. The same feeling that I had when I was told that being Zulu and Muslim do not mix but constantly heard the same teachers ask the other kids in my class if they are Alipore, Memon etc. The same feeling that I had when my history teacher made a joke in class and said I wouldn’t get it because I’m not Indian. The same way I feel when I pass Salam and the wajib response is not given back to me. The same feeling that I had when black Maulanas are called Shaikh instead of Maulana, even though they are equally qualified. The same way I felt when I watched some of my friends leave Islam because of the way they were treated. The same way I felt when I watched some of my friends leave Islam because of the way they were treated.

Our parents send us to Muslim schools so we can be in an Islamic environment. We attend Muslim festivals to we can get spiritual upliftment. We go to the masjid to talk with our creator. But instead, these places have become toxic places to our well-being. Racism lurks in and selective Islamic principles become the norm of the day.

And he finally says, “How is that possible? You can only be a Muslim if you are married to a Bangladeshi or Pakistani man.”

I furiously walked out and never set foot into that shop again.

This is not an isolated incident. It has happened to me a lot. It happens to black South African Muslims every day. It’s torture and trauma. I don’t know why people feel that their skin colour gives them the monopoly on Islam. That they get to choose who is a suitable or not for Islam. But Allah says in the Quran:

“And Allah guides whom He wills to a straight path.”(2:213)

The irony of it all is that these are the same people who stand in the front of Free Palestine picket lines and shout “Down with Israeli apartheid” “Down with Israeli racism”, yet they put black Muslims through trauma like Israel. Do you not see the bombs you drop on us? How explosive your behaviour to the Ummah’s unity?

I’m not here to beg for your approval. I’m simply doing what Allah commands of me in Surah Imran Ayah 103 and 104.

“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favour of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.

And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be successful.”

Reflect, how different is your behaviour towards black Muslims to how Israel treats Palestinians?

*Drops mic*

 

 

 

 

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61 thoughts on “The lived experience of racism Black South African Muslims go through everyday.

  1. Once my nephew was around the age of 9 and he said something so disgusting regarding Black Muslims, I yelled at him from Sandton to Rosebank.
    Afterward, I felt guilty that maybe I overreacted, but reading this just confirmed that I was correct.

    Thank you for this reminder ❀

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  2. Unfortunate, but so true. I also know muslims of mixed descent who have also turned away from Islam due to being treated in a similar manner. And this is not a uniquely SA problem as I’ve read similar accounts from ‘black’ muslims in the US. Despite what I experienced myself, I am actually so grateful for being ‘mixed’ and having grown up in a diverse community or I could’ve been guilty of treating people unfairly too.
    May Allah make us truly united and accepting of fellow muslims despite our differences.

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  3. May Allah grant you strength and my Allah cure and cleanse the hearts of people from the filth of racism and sectarianism. I can’t begin to imagine the pain anguish and anger you feel. I am ashamed of my people, especially of the “moulana” who spoke that way. I hope he has been disciplined adequately.

    Please continue writing, educating and advising people as you so eloquently do, Masha-Allah.

    Your brother
    Huzaifa

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  4. As a Indian Muslim, I’d like to apologise on behalf of the insensitive so called Muslims, nabi saw made it clear that there’s no, such thing as creed and colour in the eyes of Allah. Nabi saw showed us that there is no apartheid. He treated all equally. So these people that are treating people differently based on creed and colour will be taken to task and be answerable to Allah in he’s court. Please do not make the actions of few make you judge the rest. All the Indian Muslims are not bad.

    I’d like to clear one claim of your’s, you say,” kariya'( the Indian version of k*ffar)”

    That is incorrect, the above in the gujrati language is the equivalent to black person in English, it’s not derogatory. whites are referred to as gora, the equivalent is white person in English.

    I make duaa that Allah keeps you strong and grant you sabr when people behave in a bad manner towards you. Allah will reward you for your patience.

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    1. Ameen to your dua. I would say, however, that what is described here is not simply insensitivity on the part of the Indian Muslims, it’s racism and we shouldn’t hesitate to name it and to call it out.

      As for the word ‘kariya’, its dictionary meaning (a black person) is indeed neutral/descriptive but the way it’s used is derogatory. Words are given meaning by usage as much as by technical definition. P*ki is no more than a diminutive of ‘Pakistani’, but there is little doubt that it is used as an insult. So too are words such as ‘kariya’/’kari’/kali/’karo’ and it is disingenuous in the least to fail to acknowledge the implied insult.

      We have so much work to do to challenge racism amongst Muslim communities and language is a good place where we can all begin to raise our standards, insh’Allah.

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    2. I am Gurati and I just want to say that the literal meaning of the word ‘Kariya’ doesn’t matter if the intended meaning was derogatory. I have heard that word being used in a derogatory manner, all the time.

      If the word is as harmless as you make it out why do Indians then continue to use it, instead of using the English translation?

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    3. I am Gurati. I have hear ‘Kariya’ being used in a derogatory manner. It doesn’t matter what the literal meaning is, if it was used with a derogatory intention.

      The reason why the word started being used conventionally is so that black people can be spoken ill of without them knowing. The Author of this piece was correct in feeling the way she does as a result of hearing this word.

      Don’t try and defend a word that is derogatory because then you’ve missed the point

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    4. Thank you for sharing your experience. I am a South African, Indian Muslim braught up in a typical South African Indian Muslim household. My pet hate is racism, I detest it with all my heart, and maybe I am being unfair but I abhor it even more when it stems from muslims. I truly believe that there is no place for racism in Islam yet we display racist behaviour every day, in small, seemingly insignificant ways. You speak about how we stand up for Palestine while mirroring Zionist behaviour. This is true but it is not the only instance where our double standards shine through. We are appalled when we are labelled as terrorists for being muslim and are horrified when anyone- especially white people are racist to us, we lament at being treated as insignificant in Saudi Arabia but we justify our on racist behaviour to appease our conscience. I am sorry that you’re treated differently for being black. I can’t understand the mind of the pre-historic person who questioned you that day. I can’t explain away the behaviour of my fellow Indians, I can’t apologise on someone else’s behalf but I hope that those of who have read your article try really to correct racist behaviour when we see it, embrace differences and raise a generation that sees colour as a beautiful blessing rather than a system that warrents abusive behaviour. May Allah guide us, remove every atom of pride from our hearts and may He make both our actions and character a means of Dawah to others and not of turning people away from this Deen.

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  5. Allah forgive us all firstly.
    The teachers should be and must be reported to their seniors.
    The community must be made aware if no action is taken because all these institutions rely on public donations.

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  6. Racism exists in every form and every society period.This does not mean we must not publicise and fight it relentlessly. It is always sad that the actions of a few rotters blemish those of the majority. The learned people like the moulanas you speak about must be named and shamed so that they can be brought to book. There actions as our leaders are unacceptable as most Muslims are guided by them and follow their example.The experiences you have had seem to be entirely with foreign muslims. This is not the common thinking of our South African muslims.

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  7. I am reminded of incidents that happen to my everyday life,mind you when I’m in Soweto wearing my hijab I’m spoken to in English everyone assumes I’m not a South african.I got used to it and just reply out loud ngesizulu phaqa. When I’m in lenasia I was almost arrested twise by police who “assumed” I was not south african and I always have to fight my way out of it and tell them a piece of my mind lastly I have been asked the same question if I’m sure I’m not from Malawi by my fellow sisters..so in short this happens everyday…it is our little jihad may ALLAH make it easy for us.slowly slowly things will change insha Allah..

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  8. As a fellow Muslim of Indian descent , I commend you for your stand against this disgusting racist behavior by some so called fellow Indian Muslims. No amount of apologies on behalf of anyone can undo the hurt and pain and Allah swt in his infinite wisdom and mercies blesses abundantly people who show sabr. Islam came as a religion for all of mankind irrespective of race and color. And you don’t have to wear Indian clothes to be a Muslim as many Hindus also wear what Indian Muslim ladies wear. So Hold tight onto the rope which Allah swt has blessed you with. And ignore the present day jaheels we have in our midst.

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  9. It saddens my heart that many Muslims in South Africa judge black Muslims to be “less than”.
    May Allah guide us all to be cognizant of this behaviour, and change it, and may he make it easier for you to hold steadfast to your Imaan despite the treatment you experience.

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  10. Amazing read.
    I’m white and muslim.
    Reverted at the age of 20, got married a year and a half ago at the age of 31.
    I am now unfortunate to be living among indian muslims.
    And from all the place in JHB ive stayed, among colords, whites, africans, muslim indians are unfortunatly the worse of the lot.

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      1. O trust me I’ve had it worse.
        If Allah didn’t not strengthen me I would have committed suicide or turned renegade

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  11. I am sorry for what you have experienced in our country. I have gone through similar incidents with people showing me just how ignorant or just plain stupid they are. I was once asked why my name is not Fatima on a taxi I was in…I am not Muslim but this person clearly never had met an Indian who was Christian. I pray you continue to be who you are and not to be down trodden by the comments or questions..or even just looks. You belong. You are a shining example of the place our country will hopefully be one day.

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  12. I wish I had the opportunity to say this to a lady who left Islam but in the end, it’s about your relationship with Allah that defines your faith. Try and correct them in a calm manner? Teach them? If it doesn’t work, make dua for them? For surely, they harm themselves more than they’re harming you. Their ignorance is their burden to bear. Don’t carry their burden. They are very possibly part of your test. HasbunAllah wa ni’mal Wakeel. May Allah guide us. May you encounter better people, ameen. πŸ™‚

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  13. As a Muslim sister of Indian descent, I am sincerely sorry that you have had to experience this. No person should ! I am glad that you wrote it down as it gives us all an opportunity to share your piece and to hold a mirror up looking at our behaviours on a daily basis. As a Muslim sister, I stand with you.

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  14. All Muslims need to pay attention to the condition of their hearts. Does not the Qur’an teach that we were made into different tribes by Allah so that we could learn to love one another? It is pride and arrogance that promote discrimination and racism—and it does not belong in the Ummah!

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  15. Unfortunately, there are different brands of Islam on the market. As an SA expatriate working in Jeddah i have daily encounters with Muslims from various parts of the world – most racist and opinionated are those of Arab origin . The most brotherly and sincere are the Afro Americans. when I was in SA I noticed that the most people friendly Muslim gatherings were the Sufi functions. Readers have right to disagree with me but I am relating the facts on the ground. I have spent time with various Muslim communities and analysed their mannerism. The point is stay away from those who make you feel uncomfortable. hang out with hose make you feel comfortable as a Muslim.

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  16. Assalamualaikum
    I am a professional Muslim woman of Indian decent. I am disgusted by this behaviour and I would like to apologise to all who have felt insulted in anyway. May Allah guide those who are ignorant.
    I have a xhosa sister in law who we have totally accepted. I sometimes think that she is a better muslim than me. She is punctual in her salaah and recitation of the Quraan.
    Who are we to judge who is a better muslim? Surely Hadhrat Bilaal R.A’s footsteps in jannah were heard by the Prophet S.A.W. He was a black muslim. We need to stop judging people based on their colour, status and their wealth. We need to live the muslim life that the Prophet Mohammed S.A.W thought us . We need to lead by example so others will want to become muslim.
    Maybe if I can suggest to my fellow sisters in Islam if you are questioned surely you have the right to question back. This Insha Allah may get them to realise the error of their ways.
    May Allah guide us all so that we live this life according to the beautiful religion of Islam the foundation of which is Peace and Tolerance. Ameen

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  17. My Sister do not worry about the duniya. Allah SWT is our final judge. What happened to you makes me want to cry. Did the Moulana forget that the Muazzin of Nabi SAW was of African descent. May Allah make ahsaan for you, keep you steadfast on kalima and grant you the best of both duniya and aakhira Inshaa Allah

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  18. May Allah grant you the strength to Carry on my sister. I too am a victim of this unjust behaviour from my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. My son attended the Azaadville Muslim School at the start of his foundation phase which is the most crucial part of his childhood. He was called ‘mapla’ being a coloured child. He was told he didn’t belong there coz he’s hair was too ‘croes’ for their school. Was beaten up by a 17 year old boy who was having a ‘rough’ day. My son endured several bruises and a blue eye and swollen face. We contacted the school and we were told that nothing could be done about it and it was better to just let it go. Six years later my son is still terrified of ‘indian boy’s ‘ which breaks my heart. We are a open family and have always tried our best to teach our kids right from wrong. My son is now in an afrikaans Christian school and is happy. He has developed confidence and the kids keep him motivated. I’m sad thay I had to resort tp a non Islamic school just so that my kids could fit in. The stigma held around ‘ black Muslims ‘ or ‘coloured Muslims’ today is so wrong. I make dua that Allah gives them hidayat and grants us all unity and istiqaamat to go on serving him and our deen. Ameen. Keep well sister.

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  19. Dear Sister Thank you for sharing your heart wrenching and painful experiences with us. I am constantly saddened by the lack of compassion for the struggles I see daily in the field of our Black Muslim sisters and brothers in Islam. Looking forward to meeting you and the rest of our amazing sisters in the next two week’s. So much good we can do together Insha Allah.

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  20. I have observed that too when I was growing up in Lenasia. It happened alot. I thought it was culturally an Indian thing.. India having a caste system etc… I assumed they need some societal hierachy, maybe they don’t understand equality. But I’m sorry. And what you said was true.

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  21. My sister…I feel your pain. Me being an indian Muslim girl with a muslim dad and and a converted mum (mum was Hindu before, muslim for the past 43years). We are still outcast from my dad side. Dads sister in laws dont look at my mum as a muslim. We are never invited to any functions. They only call my dad. I am so proud of my mum who kept the deen all these years and continue to do.so. she raised us with Islam in our hearts. I am grateful that my mum is mum. My sister Allah is the only judge. Do not let these people’s insults hurt you. The.bond between Allah and yourself is all that matters. Be strong and.have a sabr

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  22. Please remember Allah SWT created us Pakistani, Bengali and narrow minded people are not Islamic thinking when their corrupted cultural thinking clouds them into believing that is Islam. Remember there are many more Muslim that people who believe their culture is religion have faith. Allah sees you for who you are.

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  23. Dear sister, as a mother and grandmother, my heart goes out to you.I have to say as an Indian we have the same issues in our so called ‘Indian Community ‘ you experience the racial discrimination amongst our Indian people but we go through our discriminations of not being fair or light in complexion with green or blue eyes or if you have good features. I as an older person went through this where you were not the same caste as those people then you were not accepted. I had a sister in law who was Malay abd I saw behind her back how they would mock her calling her maapli. I hated being in that family because I wasn’t the same caste as them and these people have money and they looked down on you. So please don’t feel you are alone we all have little devils we have to fight but ultimately it is between you and Allah. 😘 Stay steadfast in your Deen and all I can ,don’t feel sorry for yourself, you’re an educated person walk with your head high abd feel sorry for those people who make you feel life that , they’re just IGNORANT People we have to live with.
    Please, please feel good , look at those people and feel sorry for them for being ignorant and you know better.
    Allah be with you and guide you and make you a stronger person . Ameen πŸ’–

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  24. May Allah Ta’ala keep us all steadfast on the true Deen. May Allah Ta’ala ease your pain and grant guidance to all these misguided people who have treated you in such an unislamic manner. In general we South African Muslims have the smell of pride and arrogance in our roots , we look down and judge anyone and everyone that is not our type , colour, status , cast etc. After 120 to 300 years living with the local indigenous population of this land we havnt invited them to islaam, nor have we shown Islam to them in our actions. We adopted the language of the Oppressors and we proudly live with this . We havnt learnt the language of Islam Arabic , we have forgotten our own mother tounges . We havnt learnt the language of the people of the soil .
    I ask my self are We really Muslim still ?
    We need to change and become what Allah has honoured us with .
    True Muslims – vicegerants of Allah Ta’ala on earth .
    We better change our ways and habits , ask Allah Ta’ala for forgiveness and be steadfast on the truth.
    If not Allah Ta’ala is free of us and will bring a better people to protect , practice and propagate Islam.
    Jazakallah
    Your brother in Islam

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  25. Assalaam alaikum my dear sister

    I too was chosen by the Almighty to follow my life’s journey in the path of Islam. That was 25 years ago

    I am a white Australian Muslim and I now live in Cape Town. In Australia non Muslims would respond to me as South African Muslims respond to you ….and when I moved to South Africa I thought I would never experience it again – but I do . Even more so.

    However it is not the non Muslims who question me but my Muslim brothers & sisters who have also expected me on occasion to profess my faith and reveal my “secret handshake’ so to speak.

    So while there are many experiences you have rooted in your skin colour please do not despair as you are not experiencing this one alone and know that in the morning you will still be at one with your Creator and they will still be ignorant fools!

    Much love and may Almighty Allah SWT shower you with blessing and keep giving you the courage to stand up and expose this racism in sha Allah

    Never forget they are Muslims by chance of birth we are Muslims because Allah SWT chose us

    Janine x

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  26. Assalaamu alaykum
    it pains
    me to say I know what you are talking about. I’ve had a good share of questionnaires from a mere salaam given, to everything that ‘sure cases’ your Islam as a black Muslim.

    The rage is imaginable when you are on the spot. it takes a lot of guts to walk away peacefully.

    May Allah give us the strength.

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    1. It really saddens me that in 2017 we still having incidents of such im black and grew up in a indian community i have attended two different islamic institutions and finally completed my hifz i have been called all sorts of names , you would like to think that in places where kids are being educated these things dont happen unfortunatley islamic institutions are where this kind of behaviour is being practiced the most from ustaads and students its a reality that we always overlook i thank you my sister for sharing your story, hold on to your deen for ALLAH(SWT) is the final judge be proud of being black and muslim hold your head up high and let the ignorant be.

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  27. My dear sister. I sympathise with you on your encounter. There is no room for racism in islam . Please do not blame Muslims or islam for any prejudice that one encounters in life . We find racism in every part of the globe , blacks on bkacks; whites on bkacks , whites on whites , Indians on Indians and the list goes on . THAT IS INDIVIDUALISM AND HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH ISLAM AND MUSLIMS IN GENERAL …ALLAH DOES NOT RECOGNISE ONE BY THEIR COLOUR, caste or creed . Take a ( closeness ) and good deeds is what will be favored by your creator. Don’t let t individual attributes bother u . They don’t represent islam . May Allah guide you with wisdom n knowledge

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  28. The Indian Muslims , in general are the most racist people on earth. .it’s the caste system that is brought into islam . Followed closely next by Arabs . Islam has no place for racism based on caste, creed ,,wealth ….etc. These Indians and Arab folks need to get back to the real islam that was passed to us by the world’s greatest man that walked this earth. . NABI MUHAMMED SAW.

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  29. How about this scenario?….we tend to be hurt by little things that individuals throw at us because of our believes , we become angry and begin to resent islam just for an individual or individuals comments or situations . Have we ever stopped n thought just For a minute as to what the Prophet Muhammed(saw) went through in passing this message of Islam . He was ridiculed, mocked, slandered , beaten , jeered and banished . Did this mighty messenger of Allah complain, he did not even complain to his creator who sent him on this mission. Same with Musa alai salaam , he took the followers to safety by parting the ocean and once safely across, they called him a madman , astagfirullah . Esa alai salaam , a young man in the prime of his life was sent to be crucified just because he said ” Allah o akbar , did he complain ? Let not an individuals actions or remarks bother us as Muslims . Be concerned that Allah is watching you n watching over you . I do hope that all those that have left the fold of Islam due to the misconduct of individuals that are Muslims should now realise that these so called individuals do not represent islam .

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  30. A religion should not be judged by those who ‘follow’ it. Allah also tests every individual in different ways.

    Unfortunately this is true of some Indian Muslims but all are not the same.

    Also a point of note is that ‘Shaikh’ is no derogatory term. ‘Maulana’ is used by Indians for their learned but through out the world including the Arab countries ‘Shaikh’ is used for the learned and as a term of respect.

    Allah swt guide us all to be better Muslims and grant the Muslim ummah unity

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  31. There’s alot of comments on this thread some quite ridiculous, none very comforting.
    Allah keep you blessed dear sister. And forgive those of us know the other side. .. Allah

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    1. Salaam. I serve on an SGB at one of the top disadvantage school in CT. A student appeared b4 the DC chargedfor racism. The Muslim boy came with his father. He said to his teacher who is African that he don’t like black people. I then told him that I want to quote the last sermon of our prophet pbuh . His father objected saying he did not come for a sermon.
      This is the state of the Ummah. Racism is not practiced amongst Indians only. All Muslims are guilty of it. This is the sad state of affairs. It carries on from generation to generation.

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  32. Wow ok, it seems that you had an incident with the shop
    Keeper which you should of addressed with him while there is truth in what you say i as an Indian South African Muslim have experienced racist behaviour from black South Africans too. And on many occasions your accusations seem to point the finger at all Indian muslims this is false and then you go on to compare your ‘struggles’ with the struggles and oppression of the Palestinians. Just my thoughts. I could be missing something.

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  33. I’m a mixed Muslim. My dad is Indian. And I too have had to deal with racism among Indians. The funny part is they are racist among themselves. Looking down on other Indians who are not fair or who speak a certain language. I don’t know if Indians will ever change their mentality but all we can do is be the better people and treat everyone equally as Islam has no place for racism.

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    1. I think it’s fair to say, you find this kind of mentality in every race. i work with Indians, blacks and whites, and each one of these races have ‘inter racial’ issues. if you are Xhosa you are not on the same level as a Sotho, if you are Zulu, you are judged because you don’t speak Tswana,, etc etc etc…. English speaking white people look down on Afrikaans people…some white people are referred to as ‘Rooinecks, and as you mentioned, Indian people judge you by how fair you are and what Indian language you speak. these people are unfortunately the biggest losers as they lose out on the big picture that our beloved Prophet s.a.w was trying to create. No man is more superior than the other…..

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  34. My dear sister in Islam. It is very unfortunate to find such insensitive people in life, no matter what colour or creed….being an Indian, I am also called ‘Makula, and Coolie’…..but this has got nothing to do with a person’s religion, only their dimwitted opinions…u sound like a very religious and well educated islamic education. My only advise to u would be not to turn away from Islam bcos of a few idiots…remember what our beloved Prophet s.a.w went through and all the insults he had to bare…you too will be rewarded in Sha Allah….May Allah guide u and protect u always….

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  35. Aslmu aleykum. Racism has no base in Islam. That was made clear by our Prophet Muhammad (Saw) H Said “O people, Remember that your Lord is One. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a black has no superiority over white, nor a white has any superiority over black, except by piety and good action (Taqwa). Indeed the best among you is the one with the best character (Taqwa). Listen to me. Did I convey this to you properly? People responded, Yes. O messenger of God, The Prophet then said, then each one of you who is there must convey this to everyone not present.” If you a true believer of Islam there should be no prejudice or discrimination in you. Clear heart is what is make you enter Jannah not your skin color or status

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  36. Ignorance, dogma, “hereditary believe” from their forebearers and prejudice are the cardinal points amongst and between those who are looking down on others and particularly Muslims of Afrikan origin which is contrary towards 5 pillars & Laws of Islam. This also contradicts sayings and actions of the last and seal of all prophets and messengers of All Mighty Allah, Muhammed peace be upon him! This has hampered the growth of Islam and development of Muslims across the country! But we must amd should ractify and correct it, by any means necessary!!!

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  37. What I see in the is that they are ignorant. We need to stop depending up their brothers i.e. Indians. We need to start our community or create an environment where by of the true Islam. That means we must start going back to our African Islamic scholars who have learnt the true Islam base upon the Quran & Sunnah according to the understanding of the Sahabas not not upon Gangoyi or Ijani etc.

    My brothers & sisters we need to learn about Islam & not to depend upon them. We need to stop hating one another & love one another. However needs to learn the correct Islam please contact me 00966 54 123 9033. I will refer you to right people in South Africa in shaa Allah.

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    1. I don’t think ”INDIANS” Is the issue here. you can’t paint all indians with the same brush, it’s a few ignorant people that don’t understand the true meaning of Islam. just the way i can’t criticize ALL blacks for calling me a MAKULA…And the point here my friend, is to follow the beloved Prophet s.a.w and not create communities and groups which would be doing exactly what you are running away from…read the QURAAN, the only true and honest reference you will ever need, it has a cure and answer for everything..don’t follow people, we are all sinners.

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  38. Asalaam Alaykum My Sister, maaf no one I mean no one can make leave Islam because of their stupid behaviour. I am a black revert Muslimah from Limpopo and let me tell you I always make sure I put them in their place so that the next time when they see me surely they will hide.

    I don’t tolerate crap (according to me anyone who does that knows nothing about Islam and the sunnah of the prophet Saw) That person does not perform fard Salah,nor does the person know anything about the quran. Please let’s not label such as racism/ colour issue.

    I hear how you are reminded of this that, who said what and who this. …..and every statement left you hurt till date because u never dealt with it, reason every incident will keep reminding you of the past.

    Now let me help me get over that shopkeeper (may the rat die in his mouth) Pakistan and Bangladesh does not own islam infact no one. The same happened to me a number of times depending on my mood I make sure they know Tasneem was there.

    Another issue please let’s not allow this issues deteriorate make sure you deal with anyone who vomits their last night food on your (make sure you answer them and make sure by the time you leave there, their jaw drop). Point of correction regarding black Moulana, we do have black Moulana example Moulana Dawood on IT Network. Please let’s push love, togetherness before the Christian laugh at us.

    Apologies if I sound rude or not simpathetic.

    Word of advice to anyone planning to do that next time come to tasneem. Believe this i enstill in my children that they must tolerate ( if comes homes and complains of such, he will sleep outside) I don’t care if it’s a Moulana and he also must no care please let’s not furiously walk out let’s become furiously warn people who spit on our seen.

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  39. AsSalaam wa Alaikum Sister Neli

    From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for sharing these experiences with us, as traumatic as they were. And I would like to sincerely apologize for the fact that you had to go through them. Would it be possible to email you regarding a conference that the MSA is planning for September, InshaAllah? We would love to hear your voice and we believe that conference participants would benefit greatly from what you could bring to the conversation on the struggles faced by black South African Muslims.

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  40. Dear sister in Islam.
    I commend you for sharing your story with us. At least we all can feel your pain and let this be a lesson for anyone using any K words in any form in South Africa.. it is all derogatory in all contexts.
    This happens unfortunately not only to black muslims. As as an SOUTH AFRICAN muslim whose grand parents were from India, I had similar issues in 1994 when I went from a indian school to a model c school. People love to stick to what they know and when something out of their comfort zone comes, they don’t know how to react or treat you… What i didn’t realise, everyone was also in the same boat as I was despite colour and it seems natural unfortunately for birds of a feather to flock to together.. I was the only one from my flock in the entire school. Only indian muslim girl in a model c school. 1994 was the years even Mandela and FW de Klerk were trying to get along.
    Things like this unfortunately happens. I don’t want to apologise for anyones behaviour as at the end of the day everyone will face Allah and will be accountable for their own action. I make dua Allah forgive us and guide all of us to be good to each other.
    I hated my first year of school as I was treated like an outcast but I made the most beautiful lifetime friends and today I am much stronger because of this experience and can deal with anyone as I know Allah is with me always and I don’t have to be afraid or made to feel inferior. Allah knows my worth. Most importantly a lesson I am still learning is to forgive others for their ugliness and as hard us this is I am trying to do this for my own sanity to let go of this baggage that is holding us back. As holding all this in towards everyone that ill treated you is hurting you inside and learning to forgive frees us from this mental prison.
    It is not fair, it should never be tolerated and now we are stronger to all speak up and say no to this ugliness and inshAllah teach our children to stand up against this.
    If you look harder and deeper for every person that ill treated you maybe count the number of people that were kind to you. Also a valuable lesson I learnt, we must also focus on our blessings and be grateful for the good people also around us.
    I was assisting a workshop and by accident managed to get a group of 15 muslim girls from the township under age of 16 years old. When we started the the muslim girls were extremely timid, I can’t even say shy, they seemed scared and there was no other indian people in the room except for me. The one day lunch time I gave them a scolding.. I told them why you acting like this. Allah is by your side, you must be strong and not scared.. Allah is with you always. When I asked the imam about this behaviour, he told me that it is difficult to be a muslim child in the township and even there they hide to be muslims at times. Alhamdulillah after these few days I actually saw a change in them, they seemed more confident and were even bullying me lol.. and the imam told me during their trips to the workshop they were singing we don’t care what people say Islam is number 1. We need to learn to encourage each other and support each other and help each other grow.
    So I think unfortunately being a black muslim, as a few sister said above here, you are getting it from all directions, from your own people as well and from outside. It is hard as I also felt when I was in school you feel like you don’t belong neither here nor there.Just remember you belong to Allah. To Allah we belong and to Allah is our return.
    My biggest advise to you is don’t judge islam by it’s followers. No nation has a monopoly on Islam.
    I make a special dua that we all try our utmost to follow the example of the prophet (SAW) in treating each other with the best of manners.
    We make dua Allah make it easy for you and all that are facing this issue..
    We make dua we can all serve Allah only and do for his pleasure and remove this vice of racism from our hearts.
    Please contact me whatsapp Nanima – +27817880353 and let us talk this out and heal from this situation and look for solutions so that none of our sisters to go through this ugliness again through the Nanima foundation inshaALLAH. we need to empower each other to be strong woman.

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  41. Subhaanallah!!!! Subhaanallah!!!!
    Sister you are a muslimah after my own heart… to state the truth so vividly and with courage takes alot…
    For a moment i thought we’ve become so locked up, so boxed up that essential topics as this would never be brought to light again…
    May Allah reward u… and keep with this virtue…. it’s rare… the virtue of always standing for the truth…
    I just started a blog Alhamdulillah whereby i will share in shaa Allah topics close to this one of yours…
    And topics that will in shaa Allah remove the veil of being naive so we can see the world for what it truly is and as soon as that happens in shaa Allah we will be able to work on solutions nd in the process of everything. … gain wisdom. ..
    http://ruqiyajannathi.wordpress.com
    #islamis4truthorsilence
    Keep on striving my sister…

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