Four girls from Vermont are out to change the way people see Islam. They want people to spread love, not hatred; they want people to look beyond the colour of the skin; and they are doing all of this through Romanticism – an 18th-century European movement centred on arts, literature and intellect.
Yes, these Muslim girls in America have started a movement called ‘Muslims Girls Making Change’, whereby they seek to bring the change through the art of poetry.
Here is an example.
Hawa Adam, the lady behind this slam-poetry group is a refugee from Somalia. She was five when she migrated to America with her parents.
Hawa confesses she was the only Black in her prominent White school of South Berlington. She grew up being mocked at by her schoolmates because there was no one beside her who would wear a hijab to school.
Still a part of Berlington High School, Hawa continues to feel different from the rest. Her friends are either Muslims or Afro-Americans. No Whites. She admits that she has initiated this movement to express her experiences and ideologies.
Kirin, another member of the group, is a Pakistani who also studies in the same school. She likes to call the poems written by the group a medium of collective outlet for their grievances.
”When I was in middle school, I used to dress up like the rest of my American friends. However when I turned 15, I started wearing a hijab. Those same friends became strangers who’d mock at me.”
Teenage experiences and trauma led to the formation of this group. The girls feel sick of being targetted for being Muslims.
They believe that Islam stands for peace, and through their poems they seek the understanding and acceptance of their friends who slam them with ”terrorist” taunts. They want to defy this perception through their poems.
The idea of ”Muslim Girls Making Change” is not just limited to changing the American society but to change the overall global perception of Islam. The most vulnerable to this terrorist-slamming are young children, who grow up with a feeling of alienation and grudges in their hearts.
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