Welcome to my 5th and final post in my series Learning About Islam.
As I mention in a previous post ‘Learning About Islam ~ My Questions’, my initial exploration into what Islam is all about left me with quite a few questions. Obviously I didn’t get these answered all at once! In fact, I didn’t even think of all these questions at the same time. Rather, they developed over several months, just spinning around in the back of my mind.
Seeking answers to these questions also didn’t occur all at once. Instead, I’d see something and want to know more. Below is a summation of some of the information I found that lead to ‘answers’ for my questions.
(NOTE: these answers may not be true or accurate. They are simply what I found and observed on my own during my time of information seeking)
5 ~ What’s up with the hate against Muslims? How do Muslim people feel about that?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (perhaps Uluru?) you will have noticed there is a lot of hate towards Muslims. Trumps banning them entry, a random Australian is yanking someone’s Hijab off, Muslims viciously attacked as they exit their Mosque, etc.
I’d like to think the majority of Australians are no ‘anti-islam’. I think most Australians recognise the difference between extremism and Muslim Australians… but then you listen to what some people say, they propaganda they throw around… and it just makes me question more and more of what people say.
1) Why are communities against ‘Sharia’.
I get the distinct impression that the call for ‘no Sharia here’ has 2 parts.
1 – people don’t know/understand what sharia is
2 – people don’t realize that the way Sharia law works overseas is different to how it could work in Australia
My understanding of what Sharia is, is that it is the Muslim laws of behavior, what’s permissible and what is not. For example, multiple wives is permissible but eating pork is not.
Now, if I so choose, I can choose to live my life according to Sharia law. Australia won’t recognise it as law, which is irrelevant as Sharia is about abiding by the Muslim view of Gods laws laid out in the Quran.
So long as Sharia is followed within the laws of Australia, there is no issue. And I have not been able to find something that you could do in Islam where you couldn’t find a way of doing it in a legal manner here.
Feel free to comment if you can think of one, I’d like to know as much as I can.
The reason Sharia Law is different overseas, is that countries where government and legislation is based on Islam have no problem with people choosing to follow Sharia law… much like in Australia our Christian based legislation makes it very easy for us to follow it but it would be more challenging for us to try to follow Australia Law overseas.
2) Why are people against Muslims having a Mosque or a place to pray?
As far as I can tell, this comes down to ignorance and fear.
Ignorant of what Muslim people believe and how they live their faith, and fearful of what a Muslim person might do or that the ‘wrong type of people’ will move into an area.
If I could jump back to the ‘no Sharia here’ argument, those same people who don’t want Sharia, maybe they would do well to acknowledge that laws Australia currently has. Like people having the right to a place of worship and to practice their own beliefs without fear of persecution or harassment.
3) Why can’t Australia just allow Muslim people to live in peace?
Fear I think. The media has a lot of responsibility here, but I believe that the sheeple need to learn, listen, pull apart a story, look for evidence and STOP taking things at face value. Dig a little deeper. Think a little harder. Look just a little further.
Don’t accept the truth, find the truth.
4) How can I support Muslim people? Is it awkward for them if I am not Muslim and don’t wear a head covering?
I’m not sure how I can support Muslim people. As I don’t have a lot of contact with Muslim people, I think the same way I would support any human would be sufficient.
- say hello
- attend a big Ramadan celebration
- refuse to share or pass on Islamophobic postings on facebook or other media.
5) What would happen if I wore a hijab?
Well, I wrote a little about this in my last post.
I thought if I wore a hijab I would get accosted or abused at some point. That didn’t happen.
There was one cranky lady behind the counter, but she was cranky at EVERYONE so I assume it wasn’t the hijab.
So, since nothing of great interest happened initially, I’ve started to think more ‘long term’.
What if I wore a hijab all the time? How would the islamophobic people in my life respond? How would my Christian aunts and uncles cope? What would my parents say?
I guess I can’t really answer these questions.
Well, there you have it!
That’s the end of my series on Learning About Islam! Yeah! We did it! Thanks for reading through these, assuming you have.
Until my next little series, thank you and keep checking in!