Me&U

Givebackart
Posted July 10, 2016
Becoming Me&U
When your daily grind involves jihaad; our inner battle to be the best of who we wish to be as part of who WE all are as one humanity.
Things as they are, myself as I am
Things as they are, myself as I am : A culmination of me being WOMAN Me, muslim, South African first generation migrant, a changemaking creative educator, a daughter , lover , wife, mother of four children, and an extraordinary ordinary person like you! (1/8)

Mostly, those of us blessed with perfect sight are visually aroused. As a creative -I am very visual. I have much to share , so I invite you to experience my space.

Through my language of love ... Words and images. 'UBUNTU '- I am what I am Because of who we all are Collective consciousness

Wishing you all peace and laughter. As Rumi my favourite poet says ..'the wound is the place the light enters.'

This story was submitted in response to Who Am I?.

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sycamore_may
Jul 14, 2016
Jul 14, 2016

Dear Givebackart, 

Thank you for sharing the scrapbook of your life. Your energy is refreshing and inspiring. It is wonderful to see you fighting for your rights as a muslim woman, while also fighting back stereotypes about muslim women, "All the positive ions flowing in the atmosphere work to bring us all together"  was a particularly delicious anecdote. 

I would love to learn more about your activist experiences in Australia and your experience learning history in Australia - what is accurately depicted in children's classrooms and what is hidden away?

I particularly connected with the picture of Ramadaan dinner as it reminded me of going to dinners hosted by my synagogue when I was younger - how religion is not only about devotion to a higher power, but equally about giving help to people in need and coming together as a community. 

I look forward to reading more of your words. 

All the Best, 

Givebackart
Jul 14, 2016
Jul 14, 2016

Thanks....I'm not in a good 'time 'space, also finger typing on my phone. However, I do want to say that primary schools now offer between token lessons and a meaningful week long experience about indigenous culture- the truth of Australia history. They still often miss the Islamic influence from the Malaccan Straits fisherpeople who traded and sailed with various first peoples. Ofcourse and loved, intermarried took the good of each others faiths ....both so connected with the spirit, the creation, nature

helen.ng
Jul 19, 2016
Jul 19, 2016

Thank you for sharing these lovely photos! It's so wonderful to learn about the things you do to create safe spaces and make the world a better place. I look forward to reading more about your future endeavours!