‘Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family’

‘“DON’T go anywhere near a mosque,” I told my mother. “Do all your prayer at home. O.K.?”

“We’re not going,” she replied.

I am the son of Muslim immigrants. As I sent that text, in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Orlando, Fla., I realized how awful it was to tell an American citizen to be careful about how she worshiped.

Being Muslim American already carries a decent amount of baggage. In our culture, when people think “Muslim,” the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from “Homeland” or some monster from the news.

Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family.’

I don’t worry about Islamic terrorism. I don’t worry about Islamic terrorism because I am convinced that Muslims are going to whine me to death.   h/t

  • Hard Little Machine

    All of the last few high profile attacks on Mosques in the US which were immediately called hate crimes by the media were in fact perpetrated by Muslims. Similarly all of the recent attacks on black churches were by blacks.

  • It’s the whining that hurts.

  • Martin B

    When Mohammedans slaughter the infidels, the infidels are supposed to feel guilty about it.

    I don’t think that message is going to sell very well outside the NYT readership.

    • Why aren’t you picturing the kid who left the boy band One Direction??!!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Because we are all big fat racists?

      • k1962

        I do picture him and it’s not a positive.

      • Minicapt

        Because I can picture the Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa.


  • J. C.

    Poor widdo Muzzie… Whah!

  • V10_Rob

    Maybe if we saw muslims actually standing against their more radical counterparts in public, regularly, we’d believe it. The rank and file, that is, not just imams making denials and carefully crafted non-apologies and other lies-told-to-infidels.

    • ntt1

      the imams consider western civilization terrorist in nature and refuse to apply a terrorist label to any muslim defending the faith against it. so when a muslim decries terrorist acts he is definitely not thinking of the same thing as a civilized man.

  • Ed

    How about being a Christian in pakistan asshole? Any risks there?

    • Americadies

      1.6 billion Muslims condone the atrocities of the 160 million who control Islamic law.

  • Shebel

    When I am walking down the street and ahead of me I see a bunch of surly ,bearded men with a bunch of possible females shrouded in black with only little slits that show their eyes—–
    I immediately jay-walk and cross the street because they Scare me.
    Better to get a ticket and and be accused of Islamophobia—
    Than being DEAD.

  • ntt1

    muslims whining about hate speech is the height of hypocrisy, the koran oozes hatred, the muslims should be glad reaction to, and rejection of, their cult is not worse, unless they are apostate and accepting of civilization,they deserve it

  • Alain

    Frankly, I don’t give a damn.

    • Will Quest

      Frankly Alain , I don’t give a rama-damn …….

  • Taqiya.

  • Ego

    ‘“DON’T go anywhere near a mosque,” I told my mother. “Do all your prayer at home.
    As well she should.
    The Sharia says this (f.12, highlight mine):

    It is better for women to pray at home than at the mosque (A: whether they are young or old). It is offensive for an attractive or young woman to come to the mosque to pray (O: or for her husband to permit her), though not offensive for women who are not young or attractive when this is unlikely to cause temptation. (N: The author’s words here must be interpreted in the light of the following details: If a woman’s going to group prayer or elsewhere will definitely lead to temptation between the sexes, it is unlawful for her to go. If such temptation can be definitely prevented, her going to attend group prayer remains sunna, as is attested to by the hadiths that have reached us on the subject. If temptation is feared but not certain to occur, her going becomes offensive. Whether such temptation is likely to occur is something that differs with different times, places, and people. An old woman is not like a young one, nor a righteous society like one in which temptation between the sexes is the rule; nor is a special prayer place set aside for women at a mosque like a prayer place which they share with men. This is why ‘A’isha (Allah be well pleased with her) said,

    “Had the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) seen what women do now, he would have forbidden them the mosque as the women of Bani Isra’il were forbidden,”

    a hadith reported by Bukhari and Muslim.

    So don’t believe the whining about a woman being afraid to go to the mosque—she is not supposed to, based on Islamic law.

  • Flyboy

    Might generate a little more sympathy if he and his co-religionists didn’t support Islamic terrorism through their silence. Buck up buttercup.

  • Spatchcocked

    The silly twat that wrote the article is just repeating the same old backlash balderdash. That is the sum of his reasoning which only exists to keep white guilt ginned up. Implicit in his whinge though is his self realisation/admission that American citizens by all that is right and holy to HIS sensibility SHOULD be targeting Muslims or Muslim mosques to even the Wrathful Jehovah score.
    Must be frustrating for the inbred crybaby to keep coming up against a people that believe in rule of law and due process……and that justice WILL prevail in time.

  • Spatchcocked

    Back home in Pakistan he thinks to himself we would have burned and maimed and slaughtered for days….

  • Spatchcocked

    The other major consideration the little bed wetting pissant hasn’t considered is that HIS perception of what pussies we are is determined by what he reads in the tabs and sees on the telly.
    Very naive of him. If he had any real understanding of us folks he’d know that we all got murder in our hearts for the judge……and that would be a disturbing realisation even for an inbred fifth columnist gobshite like him.

  • Shebel

    Strange— The LBGTQ community uses the same playbook as Muslims.

    The more acceptance they gain—
    The more ridiculous their demands become—

    They want to be perpetual Victims.

    And won’t be happy until ‘paedophilia’ is accepted as Normal—

    Which will also justify Muhammad and his perversions.

    hahaha—- You Pervs all have the same goal.

  • There is something phony about this that I particularly hate. This may seem like a nothing detail, but it jumps out at me:

    As I sent that text, in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Orlando, Fla., I realized how awful it was to tell an American citizen to be careful…” (Emphases mine.)

    Oh, how touchingly ingenuous. Assuming that this conversation in any form ever really took place, like you weren’t hyper-aware of how you sounded, how you were positioning yourself, and how you were going to talk or write this up later, in the NYT. You’re not exactly Anne Frank waiting for the jackboot in the door and gripped by a sudden existential realization. Liar.

    • Shebel

      If I had ever had People that went through and survived the results of pure HATE and just have memories to keep going—-

      To see Muslims– trivializing everything—- I dunno—
      I guess they will have to kill a whole bunch more of us.

  • Mark DeFord Eletion

    “It makes me afraid for my family.”


    You say you’ve been a muslim? Stop it. Don’t be a muslim. It’s not healthy for you, your family, or those around you.

  • GrimmCreeper

    He calls it hate speech. Where I’m from its known as fact. Enough about the damned boogeyman and backlash Muslims keep warning about. The sh!t never happens. Meanwhile these MFs keep killing innocents and blowing sh!t up.

  • Americadies

    Strange a follower of his religion murders 49 gays and injures 52 others, while this follower of Islam does nothing but cry racism.