TELL YOUR STORY: Mahrukh Anis
WHO ARE YOU?
I would like to introduce myself, I am a Muslim girl and I can proudly say that. I am from Karachi and I belong to noble Shaikh family. I have completed intermediate (commerce) and now working on Honours Bachelor of Commerce.
I have been involved with social work since 2012 concentrating on health education, skill development and unemployment because I like to serve humanity. I stand for people and now I am working as a human rights secretary for Pakistan’s youth parliament.
WHAT DOES ISLAM MEAN TO YOU?
The real meaning of Islam and faith is work for deprived people and to stand with them. When I look around I just see deprivation, discrimination. I just want to eliminate these issues. According to Islam we all are equal, there is no discrimination. My manifesto is to spread the message of Islam, message of peace and message of love. My aim of life and my biggest objective of life is my own institution whence I could provide education, vocational training, awareness session, employment opportunities. Alhamdulillah after couple of month it’ll be completed.
Our biggest problem is a double standard system in everything here. We should do every possible efforts to remove this system because youth can do a marvelous job if they are educated, skilled and employed. Crimes ratio could fall if our youth have a proper knowledge. The most important thing is source of income and I appreciated my youth because some of them, sale fruits to bear their educational expense so we are not sluggish at all. We are all hard workers, we just need some support and guidance on that. I'm youth representative and I know about all issues which we are facing nowadays.
WHAT DOES ISLAMOPHOBIA LOOK LIKE TO YOU OR HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?
Islamophobia means the act of fears or hostility towards followers of Islam. This unjustified fear has contributed immensely to discrimination of Muslims across the globe. It is a base point for seclusion of Muslims in the political arena and affiliated social classes in the society. Hate crimes accompany characteristic of this condition and numerous evils related to islamophobia are prevalent and even tolerated in different parts of the modern United States. The United States has waged a war against racial discrimination as well as discrimination by faith. The idea that Islam supports various act of terrorism and general violence in the society is compelling Muslims to accede to opinion and demands other denominations, is out of sheer ignorance and indisputable arrogance from non Islamic belief and tradition. This make the non Muslims to ascertain the facts that religions conflict as an act by Muslims.
WHAT DO YOU WANT AMERICAN TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM?
Lastly, I would like like to say that the irrational fear of Islamic society is eminent and thriving in human moral integrity. The Muslims being the minority population in comparison with other denominations in rate of wrath and racism prejudice and inequality they have endured and have been unforgiving. Many Muslims denied chances to take key position in the society in fear that they may use their attained status of perpetrate vandalism. We could show the world we are not extremist, we are not terrorist, we are Muslim, we want peace we and love human beings. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to represent my views in front of you.
Best Regards Mahrukh Anis Youth Activist (striving for betterment of youth).
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