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Tariq Ramadan is one of my favorite Muslim scholars.
He once said:
“I am Swiss by nationality, Egyptian by memory, Muslim by religion, European by culture, universalist by principle.”

On this video he's talking about being a Muslim in Europe: [link]

It's interesting for both Muslims and Non-muslims for it's about living together as Europeans (Western citizens respectively).

Recently there are many debates concerning Islam, "Islamism" and "the Muslims" in German policy. And it's alarming, how everything is lumped together.
People outside are getting afraid of Muslims more and more. Sometimes, when I'm outside in the bus or subway, I feel the desire to shout out: "Look, I'm Muslim! Don't panic! We're really normal!"
I'm happy to live here and it's not like people would attack me or so. It's just a subliminal suspiciousness, that I feel.

And I'm really disappointed how some of our leading German politicians talk about these things. They always emphasize the Judeo-Christian culture of Germany. But in fact - as Tariq Ramadan (and my professor of cultural history as well) explains - there is a Judeo-Christian-Islamic history and Europe has to view Muslims not as the “other,” but as integral elements of it!


(maybe I'll change the bg..)
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TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all. :)
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The-Psychid Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014   Writer
I kinda forgot: Did you say you're a European Muslim, or are you half-German, half-something else?
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tuffix Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
half German, half Tunisian
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cookieeatspenguins Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Digital Artist
18% of muslims are from Arab ethnicity.. i wouldn't worry much about you xD
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habsfn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Yeah, there's no problem until a Danish cartoonist chooses to express freedom of expression and then all the "moderate" Muslims utter death threats and start riots! Excellent propaganda cartoon
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neither me nor anyone of my Muslim friends or family members ever uttered death threats. Sure, I felt sad seeing someone insulting a person who's dear to me, but sadness about the insulting pictures and incomprehension and embarrassment concerning the riots was all I felt. However I never felt hate. Wouldn't you be sad if someone drew a really bad cartoon about.. let's say your mother or sister?
The cartoonist's provocation as well as the riots were totally superfluous, so please let's not talk about it (:
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cadencerox Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm an Indian by culture and Muslim by religion and there is no problem 😄😄☺☺
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Mukicake Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm a European musl
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:icontuffix:
tuffix Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
traitor :D
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SolidSnake000 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
If Muslims want to receive respect, they should learn to make peace with Europeans. There are far to many rapes perpetuated by them as well as crimes against the indigenous population. I have no pity for a group of people whom want to oppose Sharia Law on the natives. That's sick, disgusting, and reprehensible. Obviously I'm not talking about every single Muslim ever, but there are a ton like this.
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BowlMouse Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Right. Would be nice to see them building a cathedral in Egypt, too.
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UkthieJumierah Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Artist
Nice :)
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
YOU. But what about the ones that are not European in culture? Chopping off heads and curning down whatever they dont like in the name of Allah.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"chopping off heads"... sounds like you met a lot of people doing thqt in the streets?
Sure, there are a few mad and stupid people somewhere in the world doing such cruelties, but I never never met a Muslim who wouldn't object it in the strongest possible terms.
In my picture I especiallw meant for example all the Muslims living in third generation here in Germany for example but are never accepted to be at home.
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SolidSnake000 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Muslims commit about 77 percent of rape in Sweden and commit a very disproportionate amount of crimes in juxtaposition to Caucasian Europeans. There IS  a problem. This isn't a freak accident. Your freedom ends when your fist hits our faces. At that point, you can expect to be hit back. Hard.
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Give me one good reason why I should not believe that you are using the Taqiyya from the Qu'aran to falselly spread alegations that in the majority Islam is indeed a religion of peace and that you want nothing to do with the "extremestist" who as you should know are the original muslims.

It seems even stranger to say the words you said to me considering the fact that you are a woman. I find your words very hard to believe but even if Islam was like the best most peaceful religion in the world I still do not want Europe to become Islamic for the same reasons you dont want Saudi Arabia to become European.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Taqiyya? Really? :D
I don't need taqiyya if I have an intellect ;)

Oh my .. well, I guess I won't need to keep talking to you, since you'll never believe any word anway.

I hope you'll meet some real Muslims  some day so that you can follow your heart and your mind by judging a whole community.

Besides "extremism" is not a religion ;) Any Buddhist, Nazi or even Justin-Bieber-fan can be extremist (;
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DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Lol, of course you are right about what extremism is. I dont try to argue about that though. And I think you are right. Even if I am right I it's not like il be able to "convince" you or anything.

At least we could keep things civil.

Goodbye!
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tuffix Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep..
Bye
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Waracki99 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
There will be civil war soon, 'cause muslims.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why do you think so? ):
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Waracki99 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
have a quick look at the history of mohammed and islam..look at the nations they've destroyed and the millions of people they force into believing their ideologies.nearly all the muslim nations will have you killed if you dont believe in the koran...go figure
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tuffix Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muhammad (peace be upon him ) never forced anyone to follow him. "let be no compulsion in religion" is one of Islam's principles. Besides his aim was always to unite the arab tribes to let peace enter in that region. You can read that in any history book.
If you look for the biggest mass murderers of history (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot etc.) you'll see that they were neither religious let alone muslim.
Sure, in history there were enforces conversions like in the ottoman empire, but what about the history of christianity and colonialism? Never judge a religion by political idiots ^^ I don't do so either (: You'll hardly find some one today, who'll kill you, if you don't become muslim ^^
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Waracki99 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Floating Whether politically, or religiously, we are destroying each other by extreme diversity of beliefs to the point where it becomes a disease of injustice, hypocrisy, and ignorance.... ~Me
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tuffix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree (;
The thing is, that people will always have different beliefs; wheter it's about politics or about which kind of music is worth to listen to (; This diversity of opinions is so normal and inevitable, that I don't think  to be the real problem. Instead I think extremism to be one of them. It's a typical group phenomenon. As paradox as it may sound: radical muslims and radical nationalists are all the same in the end: psychologically (and I'd say intellectually :P )  weak. The real challenge is to accept other opinions (to a certain point of course) and to find compromise.
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nourwinx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well i am a british muslim^^ and ramathan kareem^^
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ramadan kareem :)
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nourwinx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
another Ramadan kareem to youClap 
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LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I have sometimes said I am American by nationality, Christian by upbringing, and Muslim by religious practice. Some people can't see how those three can flow in and out of each other or as I often describe be stacked like blocks.
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fatimahijabista Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
eslm alykm..This have been always my quote... and will be...upsss sorry ..i am fatima,from albania 15 years old,i am new here.. love ur designs my sis ..
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Ataraxie55 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I love that quote =)
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DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Europeans were at war with Islamic factions for hundreds of years, little wonder why there's some animosity.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe that's part of the reason..
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DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The way I see it when your ancestors are all christian crusaders and they waged wars with another rival religious people there will be rivalries. Even today when migrants from the east move into Europe there's always that cultural dispersion which was amplified since 9/11 and the radical Islamic riots. Not to say foreigners or people with differences have to be discriminated against, but when you live on a content with another set of principals being radical to the natives is a bad idea. Ultimately that amplifies discrimination by said natives.
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AgentKnopf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
I think it starts being odd, when natives become Muslims and are then suddenly turned on by their fellow natives xD ! Not for their actions, but because they believe in Islam. Thankfully there are also many kind people out there.
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DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm I think that varies, I don't know any people to converted to Islam, but I know Bosnia is an Islamic state, and their European by blood and all, used to be very christian before the Ottoman Empire came around too. I'm sure Bosnians get 'some' negative treatment because of it, but at the same time they usually get along with their Catholic and Orthodox neighbours (1990's wars were more ethnic than religious).
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AgentKnopf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Thanks for the insight ! I don't really know much about Bosnia, so this was very interesting. One of the issues I see is the role, the media plays in creating a general hysteria (or am I imagining that?) against islam.  Ma granny occasionally calls me, telling me what she saw on TV and I usually have to set the record straight, because a lot of stuff they say on TV is simply not correct. But then I guess portraying all the religions correctly is not really their goal -_- . I really wish people were more open minded - on both sides.
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DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well the thing is, from a western perspective Europeans and Americans would love to critisize Islam (not so much Judism because of what happened in World War 2) but to us (at least the majority) Christianity is correct and wise, Islam is foriegn and evil. And I really hate those Europeans who say Islam is ruining European culture because, though it was addopted, Christianity is not European either. Real European religions are now pagan and considered nonsense: Norse mythology, Slavic mythology, Celtic, Greek, Roman.
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AgentKnopf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
The culture thing you mentioned is really interesting! And I really wonder: What exactly is European culture? And how could Islam possibly "ruin" it? Technically if someone follows Islam, it should have a positive effect on society because of some central islamic values such as honesty, kindness etc. - at least that's the ideal :D . But from experience a lot of Muslims make Islam look really bad through their actions :( .
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dydyL Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this refreshing art, Sister :)
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tuffix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad that you like it (:
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ADIGITALSM1LEY Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
European Culture can't coexist with Islamic Culture.
European Culture is modern,while Islamic culture(and the religion) is primitive.
Let me ask you a question,why do you want to set back Europe 500 years back in time?
Why do you hate Europeans so much?
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can I hate Europeans, when I'm a European myself?
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ADIGITALSM1LEY Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because Islam can't coexist with Europe.
It's a religion that want to set back civilization by atleast 500 years and in general thought Sharia and Qur'an have very known human rights abuse.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can assure you that I don't want to live in the past, neither ^^. And Islam doesn't tell us to do so. In fact, we are even supposed to regurlarly adjust rights to the current age.
You know, there are defintely some very backwarded muslim people, but that's because most of them live in very poor countries and are uneducated and frustrated.
In fact, my life pretty much looks like that of my best German Christian friend, only that I pray in the day and fast in ramadhan(;
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ADIGITALSM1LEY Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay.
My sincere apologies.
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diokletan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Notizen aus der Provinz: [link]
Gut gemeint, aber sowas von danebengehauen...
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tuffix Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Auch wenn ich nicht sicher bin, wie du das meinst: Sehr überzeugend finde ich den Text auch nicht. Da gibt es eindeutig besser.
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diokletan Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Ich nenne diese Sorte Bekenntniss "Turbantätscheln für Anfänger", der Autor verwechselt Religion mit Folklore. "Unsere liebenswerten Exoten, nicht ganz helle, aber malerisch.". Was ähnliches habe ich in Hannover erlebt, da war ich der Seppl ohne Lederhose. Wenn ich das ständig aushalten müsste, würde ich balla-balla. Nee, Stereotypen sind nie angenehm...
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