After a rise in hate crimes committed against Muslims in Britain we speak to Sadiya Khan – Make-Up Artist & Beauty Influencer about her thoughts on the situation.
Sadiya Khan – @sadiiyah
At this festive time of year when we visit family, see friends and take a well-earned break to reflect on the year so far. It’s a time for kindness and generosity towards our fellow man no matter the faith, sexual orientation or gender. However events in the world at the moment could cause you to feel despair at how little kindness and compassion is floating around. The attacks in Paris, Beirut, Kenya and the rest of the world highlight how fractured communities and nations are while also reminding us that the world is a small place and we all need to protect and support each other.
Since 13th of November reported hate crimes against Muslims have tripled, what does this say about the kind of society we are becoming? Recent events including the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque one of the largest in London and the attack in Leystonstone Underground Station highlight how badly we need to challenge these hateful views wherever we find them and define the kind of society we want to be – one that engages in debate and explores differences or one that justifies violence against innocent individuals out of fear and ignorance?
We asked Sadiya Khan, Make-Up Artist and Beauty Influencer to discuss her thoughts on the current situation and how it affects her as a Muslim woman working in beauty: “Regarding the tragic attacks that have taken place globally, it is heart-breaking to see the consequences of which being inflicted onto Muslims in Britain and across the world. Where individuality is no longer being respected as a form of freedom, but instead, it now causes a high risk of people being victimised, especially if you are a Muslim.
Those who are responsible for the brutal attacks in Paris should not be labelled under any religion, race or culture. Anyone performing such an act are extremists and their behaviour does not associate them with any religion, race or culture. In my opinion, their vile act can only be explained by their mental state.
We as Muslims, who practice and preach Islam, know that it is a religion totally based on spreading peace, love and harmony just like every other religion.”
As a company that defends the right of all individuals to wear what they want and to express their beliefs and individuality we find it appalling that many of these hate crimes are perpetuated against Muslim women who chose to wear headscarves, as if this decision makes them a public figure to be attacked. The Muslims who are being harmed are our neighbours, our colleagues, our friends. The moment we begin to fear, judge or even attack others is when we may as well give up – we’ve already given the terrorists what they want.
So what can be done? It’s easy to say we’d all intervene when witnessing someone being shouted down on the street but too often we’re afraid of making ourselves a target. The best thing to do is be critical – question headlines, question bigotry and call it out whenever you feel able. As Sadiya puts so eloquently: “Regardless of what age, race, culture or religion, we should unite as one to get rid of bigotry and discrimination. TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION.”