Last month, in honour of Human Rights Day (10th December), I attended an event at Initiatives of Change in London on human rights issues of concern both nationally and internationally.
To start off the event, we heard a wonderful poem by an inspiring poet called Somaye which I’d like to share.
Muslim and Proud
Say it loud,
I’m Muslim and I’m proud,
I’m beautiful in hijab and I’m beautiful without,
I may be straight, I may be gay,
I’m Muslim and I’m proud either way!
Say it loud,
Pride is what it’s all about.
It’s my right to be devout.
Without a fight I won’t go out,
So hear me cry, hear me shout.
I may be lapsed but without doubt,
I’m Muslim and I’m proud.
These are the facts,
I won’t stand for your racist attacks,
I won’t be banned or sent back,
Whether beige, brown or black,
I’ll say it out loud,
I’m Muslim and damn I’m proud!
Whatever your faith (or none), we should all be proud of who we are – whilst also supporting our neighbours with whatever life choices they also make.
With this in mind, as we reflect on the year ahead, let’s make sure that 2018 is a great year of championing hate, building bridges, forging friendships and making sure that the world is a happier, safer place for everyone!
Happy New Year!
From one super proud Muslim 🙂
Salam, shalom, peace ♡
Credits and acknowledgements
Poem written by: Somaye
Feature image: Ali Amir (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)