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Was the Orlando Shooting a queerphobic attack? Here is what the Queer Muslims have to say

Many queer Muslims took to social media to remind others that they exist, too.

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  • The debate on whether Muslim communities need to be more welcoming of gay people left the queer Muslims at the epicenter of the conversation
  • Many queer Muslims took to social media to remind others that they exist, too
  • Being Muslim and queer are not mutually exclusive

While the world is mourning over the deadly mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 killed and 53 injured, it is true that this incident has become more of a blessing for the queer groups who are often abandoned by the society and their religion. Post this incident, the Islamic Organisations who keep mum about the LGBT issues, has shown some sense of responsibility towards this community.

The American Muslims have condemned the shooting and the shooter. American Muslim groups issued statements expressing their solidarity with the LGBT community and emphasizing tolerance as they brace themselves for the sadly familiar backlash that they have come to expect in the aftermath of such events, said a Buzzfeed report.

The debate on whether Muslim communities need to be more welcoming of gay people left the queer Muslims at the epicenter of the conversation.

“I hope we empower and uplift our LGBT Muslim brothers and sisters, who often suffer in silence and have been ostracized and demonized by multiple communities in America for their sexuality, religion and ethnicity, “says popular U.S. playwright and journalist Wajahat Ali on his Facebook page on Sunday, June 12.

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“We will not be erased in this tragedy. We will not be pitted against ourselves and others — we are both and all things. It’s not ‘queers versus Muslims’ and it has not been historically,” said Jordan Alam (24), a queer Bengali American writer and activist living and working in Seattle.

Izzaddine Mustafa(24), a trans man living in Brooklyn, New York while speaking to Buzzfeed said,“being a Muslim and queer are not mutually exclusive. We are here, we exist — and we are here to help bridge the divide that the politicians and corporate media makers are creating among our communities.”

“Millions of my Muslim sisters and brothers are queer and millions more of us believe in equality. This scumbag and his bullets don’t speak for us, “lashes out Saladin Ahmed on twitter.

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Zaynab Shahar, a queer, black doctoral candidate at the Chicago Theological Seminary is also a co-founder of the Third Coast Queer Muslims of Chicago and runs a Tumblr for queer Muslims. She speaks to BuzzFeed ,“Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti says in his last sermon ‘love all and hate none’ is ‘but never refuse to bless and help the needy and the poor, the widow and the orphan, if they come to your door. This is your Mission of Peace, to serve the people.’ […] I take this very seriously as a Sufi Muslim. If I can live a life of service to ending oppression, if I can live a life dedicated to writing and embodying activist theologies, making space for queer Muslims and queer people of faith at large to connect with the divine and each other, then I will have lived a good life.

I want people to know that our community, like any other, is a symphony of stories, whose complexity and diversity are like the notes on a page. No one note is more important than the other, they are all essential. But it only begins to unfold if you take the time to truly listen,” said a Buzzfeed report.

While it is easy to blame and bring one community against another, it takes true strength to stand up and fight for other’s rights and defend one’s faith from false accusations. It is required of us to have a broader mind to see things as they are,resist the forces of division and hatred, and to stand against homophobia and Islamophobia.

-prepared by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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  • devika todi

    It is required of us to have a broader mind to see things as they are,resist the forces of division and hatred, and to stand against homophobia and Islamophobia.

    I could not agree more. Isn’t it high time we lived peacefully and harmoniously, with equal rights?

  • Karishma Vanjani

    Terrorists cant be singled out from the haystack of Muslim Community. Terrorists have no religion to belong to a community.

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  • devika todi

    It is required of us to have a broader mind to see things as they are,resist the forces of division and hatred, and to stand against homophobia and Islamophobia.

    I could not agree more. Isn’t it high time we lived peacefully and harmoniously, with equal rights?

  • Karishma Vanjani

    Terrorists cant be singled out from the haystack of Muslim Community. Terrorists have no religion to belong to a community.

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Here’s How TV Stars Stay Fit Amidst Shoots And Vacations

TV stars including Mreenal Deshraj, Ankit Bathla and Jasmin Bhasin don't ditch their fitness regime no matter where they are - including vacations and outdoor schedules

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Some alter their diet while others try to indulge in physical exercise. Some resort to yoga while others prefer to go on a run. Pixabay

TV stars including Mreenal Deshraj, Ankit Bathla and Jasmin Bhasin don’t ditch their fitness regime no matter where they are — including vacations and outdoor schedules.

Some alter their diet while others try to indulge in physical exercise. Some resort to yoga while others prefer to go on a run. Here’s what all the actors do to stay fit.

* Mreenal Deshraj
“When I am working and don’t have time to go to the gym, I usually workout at home. I try to do at least 30-45 minute of an intense workout. Whereas when we are shooting outdoor or on a holiday, I take care of my diet and try to do some kind of physical exercise.”

* Arif Zakaria
“Fitness doesn’t need a gym or an expansive space. The world is tailored to walk, run or sit on a mat and pontificate. I try and do all of this when I travel. Of course, I also try to find a tennis court to play.”

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Photo of Tumpa Paul, Indian TV Actor on the set of Beder Meye Jyotsna. Wikimedia Commons

* Zuber K. Khan
“As an actor, I always try to manage my day and schedule it accordingly. I swim and go to the gym daily at least six days a week. Fitness is the one thing which gives me a high in life. If I’m on outdoor shoots and not able to workout, I try to run and do parkour workouts outdoor.”

* Amal Sehrawat
“Personally, I don’t like gymming, though I have to hit the gym for the sake of my packs. I love running on the beach or gardens. I prefer the stairs over the lift. During my outdoor shoots, I stay outdoors.”

* Ira Sone
“I have a love-hate relationship with fitness and diet. I love to eat as I am a foodie but I also love to hit the gym, to get results you need to balance both. On days, when I can’t hit the gym, I make sure to control what I eat and try to walk after all meals. But as an actor, I need to be fit so that I can work for 12 hours.”

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* Jasmin Bhasin
“I do yoga and a little bit of cardio to keep myself fit because it’s very important for me to feel healthy from the inside.”

* Ankit Bathla
“It’s a very interesting story, when I can’t go to the gym, my trainer comes on the set and we work out with the weights of the crane. I also believe that there are so many functional activities that can be done without a gym… burpees and the best is our Surya Namaskar.”

* Malhar Pandya
“You can be fit with yoga and a good diet. As an actor, if I say fitness is very important to me, it doesn’t mean that I have to be muscular. It’s good to be lean because as an actor you can fit in any role or clothes. Even if I would have not been an actor, I would have been fit. When I go outdoors for a shoot, there are certain kinds of exercises which can be done there itself, which don’t not need a gym, so I do those.” (IANS)