Thursday, 12 June 2008
I am the West, The West is Me
I was saddened to receive this response to my blog piece on the 'Interfaith Hats',
"Oh yeah, welcome the muslims and the next thing you know they are suing you over some imagined offense. Welcome a muslim and "creeping sharia" is the serpent you let in. Stay in your damn desert lands and leave the west alone. You don't deserve our bounty and we certainly don't deserve your cancerous, parasitic presence."
Here is my response:
Thank you for your comments. I have a few comments to raise too. These are exactly the sentiments that my blog aims to discuss. I cannot make it any more explicit that I am a product of the west, born and raised in Scotland. I take ownership of the society, culture, politics and anything that we have in our thistle nation and I hope that there is no need for me to 'prove' that I am an outsider. I believe that my faith is perfectly complimented in Scottish society and the infusion of my faith, Scotland and my south asian roots has given me an approach to life that I am so proud of. I'm also not going to defend ill informed Muslims who have a narrow interpretation of scripture and tradition that they seem to arm the sentiments of folk like you.
I will be the first to criticise Muslims and non-Muslims or anyone for that matter who does not uphold out shared values of peace, justice and co-existence. I will be the first to dismiss generalisations of any sorts or boxing whole communities into one box. This blog aims to unwrap the many layers of the Muslim communities and their very complex identities. I hope that you would read up a little about what the Sharia is and what its function, without understanding it through the extreme views of the 'chopping of hands' that some elements in the media like to present.
And finally, although I am tanned I would hate to live forever in the desert because I get headaches in too much sun! Maybe that's why God made me a Scot and a proud one at that! The fresh air of Scotland, the water that is renowned worldwide, ah - pure dead brilliant! I wonder how many of my fellow Scots would want to ship you off to the desert sands for a little while to cool yourself down in hope that you would look at me, and Muslims, like any other human beings on God's earth.
Och well, I wish you peace, success and prosperity.