If we want more tolerance, children need to read stories of world views outside of their own

We all fall for a good story. But why are we still finding that some narratives take precedence over others?

If we want more tolerance, children need to read stories of world views outside of their own

I wrote a children’s book about inspiring Muslim women to challenge stereotypes and be part of the movement that allows marginalised groups to take back their own narrative

Burhana Islam
1 day ago

 

Being Muslim, being a woman and being a person of colour is no easy feat. Not only are you weighed down by other people’s stereotypes, but we live in a world where people seem to believe that they can author our stories without our consent.

The media, our literature, these newfound Twitter warriors and even politicians all play a part of how we understand the world. The tropes of the angry black woman, the oppressed Muslim woman, and the woman who gets told to watch her tone despite being an expert in her field are all by-products of an environment that’s been constructed by everybody other than those people themselves.

This way of seeing the world and understanding our place in it is an accepted norm. But what these story-makers are rarely held accountable for is the damage they do to our identities and, even more so, to the identities of the generations that come after us. They sharpen a divide that separates real, breathing, living people and what’s automatically assumed about them. At the crux of it all is why storytelling is so important because, believe it or not, that’s where it all begins.

Humans are social beings and, naturally, we all fall for a good story. But why are we still finding that some narratives take precedence over others?

Growing up, I fell in love with the likes of Harry Potter, I grieved with Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, and I stumbled into Mr Tumnus’ home in the eternal winter of Narnia. But in retrospect, I want to know where my stories were. Where were my people in these books that I held so dear to me? Where was that little Asian girl I desperately needed to identify with so I could have some sense of belonging in a country that wasn’t my own? In fact, where is she now?

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8 replies

  1. The Greatest Wisdom of God should be taught to all children, there is wisdom better than this;

    THE FIRST AND SECOND COMMANDMENT

    ❤️LOVE GOD WITH YOUR HEART, WITH YOUR MIND AND YOUR SOUL— AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOUR SELF—OR LOVE ALL— LOVE YOUR ENEMY AND PRAY TO THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU❤️

    IF YOUR ENEMY HUNGRY GIVE THEM BREAD ANF IF THEY THIRTY GIVE THEM WATER TO DRINK❤️

    There is no hatred at all, just Love. God is ❤️

    Lets practice these Wisdom of God

  2. Ahmadiyya teach love all
    Isis teach persecute Ahmadiyyah and kill infidel

    Both groups of Islam use the same Al Quran and Hadith

    But the result are different

    • The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is fortunate to have a rightly guided Khalifa who helps us to understand the Qur’an correctly. Alhamdolillah.

      • Rafiq— from now— please do not delete my comments what ever I write— if you still do the same, you are not real Ahmadiyyah, you are a fake Ahmsdiyyah.

        Practice to love your enemy or different opinion of Islam.
        If you love to those who love you—children can do it too.

      • Ahmadiyyah teach to love all— but it does not say to love your enemy.

        Jesus teach all people including who hate you and enemy too.

        I think Ahmadiyyah love all who love Ahmadiyyah.
        But Ahmadiyyah still hate those hate Ahmafiyyah

        Right Zia ?

      • Another Somi wording. Jesus teach all people … and how do you explain the way they treated African slaves, American and Australian indigenous people? not to speak of the sexual abuse in the churches in the last 2000 years?

        Ahmadiyya teaches Love for All and Hatred for None. We do not hate our opponents. We pray for them, may Allah guide them.

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