Saturday, January 21, 2017

NOT SCARED: Say American Muslims as Donald Trump takes over as US President

Donald Trump has finally taken over as 45th president of United States of America.

Trump's campaign, the comments targeting immigrants, Hispanics and Muslims apart from the blatant Islamophobia during speeches, have surely caused concern across the world.

There are at least 3 million Muslims in America. Many American Muslims say that they are apprehensive but not scared.

Take for example, these youngsters who say that they have nothing to fear.

They are optimistic and ready to fight Islamophobia. They are proud US citizens who want peace and  goodwill among communities.

The positive aspect is that they have faith in American democracy, its society, constitution and laws. And, surprise, some may be happy with Trump's victory as a Yemeni American is quoted below.

So read and find out what US Muslims feel about Donald Trump as President:


Alia Sharrief, an Oakland rapper is not afraid. "I feel like the best way to beat a bully is to stand up to a bully and show him you ain’t gon’ take it,” she says.

“And right now, he’s all words. He ain’t got no action. And God willing, he won’t be able to do no action with the power of the people", she tells KQED. [LINK]


Ibrahim Rashid, a student, is not worried either. "I'm not scared", says Rashid, who has taken to dressing in traditional kurta tunic and keffiyeh scarf". See Huff Po [LINK] & [LINK]

Rashid is an international relations major at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Pinned loosely to his tunic is a handmade cardboard sign that says, “I’m not scared...".

In fact, he wants to go and work, after graduation, with govt in future. Wow, that's the spirit. "I’m not scared of the future. I have a lot of hope and optimism in this country", he further says.


"..we need to stand together, support each other, be united, and fight for each other.” [Fusion.NET]


Ali Al Awaad, 33, a Yemeni American who owns a corner shop in Bay Ridge was actually “very happy.” He voted for Trump, he said, because he would be good for business and opposed Saudi Arabia, who is currently waging a war in Yemen, tells Miriam Berger who wrote this interesting piece for Fusion.NET. [LINK]


Though there are definitely signs of anxiety, Muslims say that they are not going to get bullied. "We can’t be intimidated.

"We are part of this country and we will do everything we can to battle for its heart and soul, which after this election America seems perilously close to losing", he writes in The Guardian.

"We are not discussing flight, we need to fight".