Sweet Idea Needs Your Help

// May 25th, 2007 // Blog

“Borrowed” from Nisaa.ca:

Assalamu'alaikum,

My name is Bryn and I'm an Australian Muslim who is leaving for Indonesia soon and has a very quick, but important request to ask of people before I go!

Background

My mum is working in Indonesia and has become friends with a teacher at a rural Indonesian 'pesantren' (Islamic boarding school). Apparently most of her friend's students are terrified of Westerns, and basically equate Westerners with people who want to hurt Muslims (sounds a bit like some of the misconceptions we get over here in reverse!)

Our idea…

Together with my husband we've decided to make a collection of photos and short messages from Muslims living in the West, and most importantly, from Muslims for whom Western countries are our homes. Basically if you're Muslim and feel some connection to a Western country, we'd like to hear from you!

What we would like you to do…

**Before the end of May 2007** Send us a photo and a short message…

Photos – Send 2/3 of your favourite photos – you with family, friends from uni/work, interfaith gatherings… whicever you think fits with the message that you want to send. The idea is not to say that the West is faultless and wonderful but that, like Indonesians, and Muslims everywhere, it's complex and can't be put into a box. And hey, there's a decent number of us who are Muslim!
(Quality of the pic – we need it to be good enough that we can blow it up a bit when printed)

Message – short and sweet! grin We'll be working to translate all your messages into Indonesian, so please don't write too much! A catchy line or two would be perfect.

Something along the lines of… introduce yourself… my name is ___, I'm ____ ( e.g. Lebanese Australian) I am married… (family stuff is good!). And then something to do with your home/experiences… I live in Canada/a small town/a big city, I work with people who are European, have friends who aren't Muslim…

Pick the message you want to get across to students in a village somewhere who are scared that all Westerners (including us!) don't like them and, given the chance, might want to hurt them. The idea is to reassure them that we're not all that bad! Write it in English or Indonesian and send it through to Bryn and Ro at: photos4indo@gmail.com

This request – Pass it on!

Look forward to hearing from you soon inshā’Allāh!

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