December 4, 2023

Young Americans Turning to Islam to Show Solidarity with Gaza

Young Americans are exploring the Koran to perceive Palestinian “resilience” and specific solidarity with Gaza, in accordance to a current essay in The Guardian US, which describes the current development amongst Western youth searching for to align spiritual texts with progressive values, with some seeing Islam’s holy e book as an “anti-consumerist, anti-oppressive, and feminist” work.

While the piece describes a few of the extra modest motivations of the current converts, it makes no point out of the novel messaging the very girls talked about have expressed on-line, Breitbart News has discovered.

The Monday article, penned by author Alaina Demopoulos and titled “Young Americans are picking up the Qur’an ‘to understand the resilience of Muslim Palestinians,’” highlights a rising curiosity in empathizing with international cultures via spiritual texts, as a part of a shift in perceptions of Islam.

According to the essay, these youth “find themes that align with their values as they seek to ‘grow empathy’ for a religion long vilified in the west.”

One Chicago resident, Megan B. Rice, describes being influenced by the conflict in Gaza, which started October 7 when Hamas launched an assault that noticed some 3,000 terrorists burst into Israel by land, sea, and air and gun down contributors at an out of doors music competition whereas others went door to door attempting to find Jewish males, girls, and youngsters in native cities who have been then topic to torture, rape, execution, immolation, and kidnapping.

The bloodbath, which drew parallels to scenes from the Nazi Holocaust, resulted in additional than 1,200 useless contained in the Jewish state, over 5,300 extra wounded, and at the least 241 hostages of all ages taken. 

The overwhelming majority of the victims are civilians and embody dozens of American residents.


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“I wanted to talk about the faith of Palestinian people, how it’s so strong, and they still find room to make it a priority to thank God, even when they have everything taken away from them,” Rice is cited as having stated in an interview. 

Lacking a spiritual upbringing, she shaped a “World Religion Book Club” on Discord, inviting people from numerous backgrounds to be part of her in learning Islam’s central textual content.

Her examine of the Koran, initially for understanding, led to her full conversion to Islam inside one month, discovering it aligned with her “anti-consumerist, anti-oppressive, and feminist” beliefs.

“As a Black woman, I’m used to the American government spreading harmful stereotypes that lead to misconceptions that people outside of my community have on me,” Rice stated. “I never believed the stereotypes that were spread about the Muslim community post-9/11, but it wasn’t until I started reading the Qur’an that I realized I sort of internalized those misconceptions, because I believed that Islam was a very severe or strict religion.”

However, in a single clip she posted on-line not talked about by The Guardian, Rice seems to concur with the anti-American message of terror chief Osama bin Laden’s notorious “Letter to America,” as she pushed conspiracy theories relating to the 9/11 assaults.


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The present development of turning to the Koran is mirrored on the Chinese-owned TikTok social community, the place the hashtag “quranbookclub” displays a rising curiosity, significantly amongst younger girls, in exploring Islamic texts. 

Videos beneath the hashtag “show users holding up their newly purchased texts and reading verses for the first time,” the essay notes, whereas others are “finding free versions online, or listening to someone sing the verses while they drive to work.”

The motivation, as famous by Zareena Grewal, an affiliate professor at Yale, contrasts with post-9/11 developments the place the Koran was typically learn to affirm beliefs about Islam being “an inherently violent religion.” 

“They are turning to the Qur’an to understand the incredible resilience, faith, moral strength and character they see in Muslim Palestinians,” she is quoted as saying.

However, the essay makes no point out of the truth that Grewal, who describes herself as a “radical Muslim,” sparked outrage after showing to specific support of Hamas’ lethal assault on Israel because it unfolded, calling October 7 “such an extraordinary day!”

Also not talked about is how she described Israel as a “murderous, genocidal settler state,” whereas claiming Palestinians “have every right to resist through armed struggle, solidarity.” Follow up posts appeared to have fun Hamas’s brutal bloodbath, which noticed whole households worn out and infants burned alive, in accordance to the Israeli navy.

In response, over 56,000 individuals signed a petition calling for her instant firing.

Another instance The Guardian cites is Nefertari Moonn from Tampa, who, influenced by the braveness of Palestinians, learn the Koran and located it deeply resonating, main to her conversion as nicely. 

“I can’t explain it, but there’s a peace that comes with reading the Qur’an,” she stated. “I feel light, like I came back to something that was always there and waiting for me to return.”

What The Guardian failed to point out is that Moonn seems to push the notion that support for Israel is linked to white supremacy in a clip posted to social media. 


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Misha Euceph, a Pakistani American author and podcaster specializing in progressive interpretations of the Koran, has been internet hosting a Qur’an Book Club collection on Instagram since 2020, noting its themes resonate with younger, progressive Americans who see its texts “align” with “left-leaning” values.

Euceph, who has worked alongside former President Barack Obama and his spouse, Michelle, as a producer on the Obama household’s numerous podcast collection, claims the Koran is “full of nature metaphors and encourages you to be an environmentalist.” 

“In the Qur’an, men and women are equals in the eyes of God, and Rice and other TikTok converts say their interpretations of the text back up their feminist principles,” the essay continues.

However, although omitted by The Guardian, Euceph has said that studies of Hamas’s brutality towards Israeli girls and youngsters have been “completely unverified” and “feed into Islamaphobic tropes.”

On Tuesday, creator and human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was raised in a strict Muslim household in Somalia, warned that younger, progressive Western girls just lately changing to Islam in mild of the Hamas-Israel conflict are “throwing away” their freedom by doing so. 

“Islamic scripture, Islamic law, Sharia law and Islamic practice is crystal clear about the position of women, and it’s inferior to men,” she stated. “Your testimony is half that of a man. Your husband can beat you. You have absolutely no freedom.”

Hirsi Ali attributed the development to the youthful technology being “completely and utterly confused about who they are and where they stand,” indoctrinated by “anti-Western” and “anti-American” ideology.

She additionally expressed “shock” over the truth that girls at the moment are changing to Islam after having seen pictures from October 7 when Hamas “paraded” captive girls within the streets and documented rapes “for the whole world to see.”

The matter comes as younger TikTokers just lately started selling al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his propaganda, as his “Letter to America” justifying the September 11 assaults went viral on the Chinese-owned social platform final week, with movies on the subject garnering hundreds of thousands of views.

Bin Laden was the mastermind of these assaults which happened 22 years in the past and noticed Islamic terrorists crash passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon — with a further airplane crashing in rural Pennsylvania following a passenger revolt — killing almost 3,000 Americans.

Amid the general public debate on the Israel-Hamas conflict, a brand new technology of these principally born after September 11, 2001, or too younger to recall the deadliest terrorist assaults on American soil in U.S. historical past, have been seen defending bin Laden for his opposition to America and its support for Israel.

Joshua Klein is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKlein.