October 15, 2007

Human before Muslim

There used to be a blogger by the name Human before Jewish on blogger many moons ago. She lived in New York and on her blog Jews of different opinions met, along with me, and it was a learning experience for me to be able to listen in on how some Jews feel about being Jewish or being Americans or Israelis. The fears, the moments of joy and celebration, the suspicion, the voices of calm and resoning all collected in one spot.

I suppose it is not different for a non-Muslim joining a gathering of Muslims. One may find similar ingredients in the conversations and thoughts of the people in that particular gathering. We are all different, yet the same. But we should all be Human, and view everyone else as human, before anything else we or they may be.

This particular blogger stopped blogging unfortunately but her spirit is still with me and the more one sees of the world today the more important it feels to have to say; I am human before Muslim.

*Photo taken at the exhibition "I am an immigrant, I am a Muslim" in Stockholm.


Diligent Candy said...

It is SO SO SO good to see you blogging again.

And, I agree with your point of view.

The photos are fab! Beautiful...

((((BIG HUG))))

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

And you know what? It is so so so good to be back :) I was contemplating closing the blog at one point but thought I should leave it up in case I wanna come back, which I of course wanted.

Thanks Girl :) You're sunshine!


Radha said...

Welcome back! And Eid Mubarak to you!!

Lovely thought this one..."Human before Jew/Muslim/Christian/Hindu"!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Thank you Radha and the same to you :)

Well I figured it's a thought that needs spreading in the Universe :)

EXSENO said...

I have always felt the same way. I wish everyone felt the same. Human before anything else. The world could be so much better. I have never been able to understand why people fight and hate over other peoples race and religion. Why can't we just see a good person or a bad person.

It would be a shame it you closed the blog.

ferramis said...

Salaam, Nice to see you blogging again. Living so far away :) your blog is the only way to keep in touch :)