#Marhaban not #Muslimban

#MuslimBan

Marhaban means “welcome” in Arabic, which is exactly what Middle East Collective is all about.  We believe in welcoming diversity and building longer tables, not taller fences; which is why we are inviting everyone to our table to participate in creating the dialogue we so desperately need between non-Muslims and Muslims. Please, pull up a chair.

#MuslimBan

Donald Trump has been in office a mere 6 weeks and already so many civil liberties have been threatened. Mosques are being burned. The beautiful Arabic language is associated with ISIL and terrorism. Muslim women who wear the hijab are growing ever more fearful of donning it on the streets. Islamophobia is truly running rampant in America and throughout Europe.

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Despite all of this hate there is still hope, but only if we work together to embrace the Muslim families in our neighborhoods and appreciate the diversity they bring to our homes.

Are you wondering how you can help build a stronger sense of community among Muslims and non-Muslims in your own town? Here are 9 ways for you to help prevent Islamophobia; a callous component of the #MuslimBan proposal:

1. Support local businesses owned by Muslim immigrants and refugees.

2. Learn more about Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

3. Speak out against Islamophobia when you see it happening.

4. Attend multi-cultural events and bring your friends.

5. Stay up to date on policies which could negatively affect the Muslim community and, ultimately, American society as a whole.

Despite all of this hate there is still hope, but only if we work together to embrace the Muslim families in our neighborhoods and appreciate the diversity they bring to our homes.

6. Co-organize an “Islam 101” event and ask an imam or scholar of Islam to speak at your own place of worship, at a community center, a club, coffee house, or even a sports center.

7. Write letters to your local, regional, and national politicians voicing your disapproval regarding any anti-Muslim legislature.

8. Don’t be afraid to ask your Muslim friends and neighbors pressing questions you may have about their lives, Islam, or how they would be affected by the #MuslimBan.

9. Listen to what progressive Muslims are saying; follow influential Muslims such as Linda Sarsour, Reza Aslan, Amina Wadud, and Ani Zonnefeld on social media.

#MuslimBan

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Now, more than ever, it’s important for us all to speak out and take action to ensure the Trump administration’s #MuslimBan and other proposed xenophobic policies will not be implemented.

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Whitney Buchanan

Whitney Buchanan

Middle East Collective Founder

Whitney Buchanan is an American analyst on Gender Issues and MENA Affairs, currently based between Cairo and Berlin. She is also the founder of the Middle East Collective.

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