This Muslim Woman Actually Received A Text From Someone Asking For ISIS Halloween Costume Help
Arhama, a Muslim woman received a text from an old college friend asking if she could borrow “the face thing” to help her with her ISIS halloween costume.The person that texted her and asked her for that article was associating the muslim dress with ISIS. This is offensive and racist to the Muslims because they as a whole are being equalized to ISIS. This left Arhama shocked and disappointed.
The way that Muslims are viewed as through media makes the Muslim population look bad and that shouldn’t be happening. The text from this individual has proved that people are just categorizing Muslim culture and tradition under extremism. A small fraction of the Muslim population are extremists but this can be the case in every other religion as well. The small fraction that ISIS falls under are not representing the views and ideas that Islam represents. Islam is a religion that holds peace as one of its key values. The fact that people are associating Muslim traditions and seeing all Muslims as extremists is unacceptable.
Arhama was unsure how to even respond to this text because it is not easy to address these kinds of situations. Costumes such as “Sexy Ebola” and “ISIS” should not even exist in the first place because it is offensive and racist.
People need to understand that all cultures, religions and groups have extremists but those are a very small fraction. The media plays a huge role in showing what religions are supposedly like and Islam is one that is seems to have the media’s attention. The media will have an impact on people which will cause some people to categorize all Muslims as extremists.
I believe that just because there are some extremists in a religion or group, the whole group should not be categorized as being such. Some people fail to realize that Muslims are not all extremists and that the media makes them out to be things they are not. Arhama, the woman who received an offensive text from an old college friend did not say anything back to the individual however, since the text was publicized, that should be enough to make them realize that what they said was offensive. And Arhama hopes that, “Her silence speaks volumes” because it is the best way to respond to such things. Hopefully some people will understand affect that categorizing an entire religion has on that group.