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Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],

"The damage caused by the Crusades was the poisoning of the Western mind against the Muslim world through a deliberate misrepresentation of the teachings and ideals of Islam".
Mohammed Asad, The Road to Mecca.

Given the relatively low frequency of reporting on Muslims and Islam in general in the media, it is not surprising that the Western media displays a distorted image of Islam and Muslims. Television programs and the print mainstream media have perpetuated the stereotypes of Islam and Muslims for years. Media images of Islam are omnipresent and are part of Western culture of racism and imperial design. Islam has always been seen in the West as violent, barbaric, anti-democratic, anti-human, anti-rational, etc. The aim is to turn Muslims into an enemy people, to be regarded collectively with contempt and scorn.

Since the attacks on America (9/11), media speculation has pointed the finger at Muslims. A Muslim is portrayed as "terrorist", a "refugee" or "militant", but seldom a real human being. The term "Islamist" is used as a catchall term and many Muslims have been arbitrarily detained, simply because they are Muslims. It is the Islamist who provided social and health services the government neglected to provide. It is they who wanted democratic elections and honest government. Similarly, many of Islam's concepts have gone through process of reduction. For example, the concept of Jihad, the spiritual, intellectual and social components have been stripped away, and have been reduced to war by any means including 'terrorism'. Other connotations of Jihad, including personal struggle, intellectual endeavour and social construction have evaporated.

For Muslims, nothing could be further from the truth, Islam is peaceful religion, and peace is an essential precondition for 'submission' to the 'will of God'. Muslims like any other people, they believe in freedom, justice humanity and democratic principles. They really want to control their own affairs. They don't want to be pushed around, ordered, oppressed, etc. A critique of Islam, like a critique of any religion or ideology that has doctrines preventing people from exercising their moral sense, solidarity, and reason, is welcome.

After 9/11, racism against Muslims and Islam became a form of "free speech" in the West. Muslims and Islam were subjected to widespread abuse and bashing. Publishing houses competing to make money from this commercialised business of producing books made up of rubbish and fabricated images of Islam and Muslims. Countless obscure university scholars and intellectuals suddenly appeared on TV screens and treated as "experts" on Islam by the mainstream media. They project the manufactured and distorted images of Islam. This corporate picture of Islam is a depressing and misleading one.

In Australia, Muslims have been subjected to unprovoked racist attacks. Muslim women wearing traditional clothes were spat upon, physically assaulted and had their scarves ripped from their heads. Mosques were firebombed and Islamic schools and other community facilities vandalised or deluged with hate mail. Without any substantiated evidence, homes of Muslim students in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth were raided by Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, seizing properties and interrogating terrified Indonesian families...

Racism in Australia is not new phenomena, and it is not prompted by the 9/11 or the Bali bombing, as suggested. Racism is a diet feed continuously to the public by conservative political parties and mainstream media. Evidence of surveys carried out in Australia in the late 1980s found Muslims are the most discriminated and victimized Australians.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HR&EOC), the Australian Government agency, reports evidence about a rise in violence against Muslims and Arabs. A key finding of the report was that 90 per cent of female respondents reported experiencing racism abuse or violence. However, the Race Discrimination Act - which covers Jews and Sikhs - does not recognize Muslims as an "ethnic group" and protection of Muslims under Australian federal law is limited. "While the government has created a climate where many non-Muslim Australians live with a perception of fear of Muslims, it is Muslim and Arabic Australians who are living in a state of real fear, based on their frequent, sometimes daily, experience of physical and verbal abuse and discrimination" write Sarah Stephen in Green Left Weekly, the only honest newspaper in Australia.

In Australia, Muslim refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war torn countries are completely removed from humanity. They are detained in remote centres and stripped of their human rights and dignity. They are portrayed as "illegal" immigrants and "potential terrorists". The fact that, thousands of illegal immigrants are white Anglo-Saxon living and working illegally in Sydney and Melbourne, shows how tolerant Australia is? Illegal immigrant it seems, if you're not white.

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Thousand of Muslims (Iraqis and Afghanis) have been killed as a result of US wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, adding to the thousands of innocent Muslims killed or imprisoned since the "end" of these wars. The so-called "democracy" and "freedom" have been denied to the people of Iraq and the people of Afghanistan. The "war on terror" is a distraction, and it is nothing but an extension of globalisation fuelled by anti-Muslims racism to wage war and control vital resources located in the Muslim world.
With the destruction and occupation of Iraq by US forces, we are witnessing more dramatic misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims. Muslims who opposed to this imperial ideology are portrayed, as "terrorists", and Islam will continue to be reduced according to this Western ideology.


By Ghali Hassan

read the whole article in [link]


I hope this is beneficial


I also recommend the documentary: "Reel Bad Arabs - How Hollywood Vilifies A People" Featuring Dr. Jack Shaheen [link]



If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
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InfinityUnlimited Featured By Owner Edited Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist
so true, the white man fucked with native americans, he fucked with the hindu indians, he fucked with the africans, he fucked with the asians, and he fucked with the american blacks. And now he is here to fuck and lie about Muslims next.
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CalvinCoolidge1924 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
I completely grinds my gears when people label Islam or any ideology, nation, or group of individuals based on the actions of some.

I tried to tell the extremes in this country the truth but they refuse to listen as they preach genocide upon anyone who carries the Quran or wears the Hijab or prays in the direction of Mecca.
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
well, let me tell you why those portrayals exist, because of a event called 9/11
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Dr-Scaphandre Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Oh didn't you hear? According to Nayzak 9/11 was an inside job by the U.S. Government to make Islam look bad. I shit you not, that's what he actually said.
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InfinityUnlimited Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist
to be honest you know the 28 pages? they are getting declassified. I know Saudi Arabia had a hand in 911, it is obvious. There are 2 other governments that I think were in it, but untill congress declassifies the 28 pages, we probably should just wait.

To be honest islamophobia is just the next thing. You guys fucked with blacks, asians, native americans, hindu indians, the list goes on and on, and now this age, the lies and exaggerations target the muslims.
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Now I'm beginning to question nayzaks knowledge of history
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Dr-Scaphandre Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
This is the same guy that said that urine is poison to plants (Despite it being mostly water and nitrogen with salt) and the same guy that trusts a health organization ran by the Church of Scientology, and now you're questioning his knowledge of history?
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
I did question it a bit before, now I am questioning it greatly
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fuckdenson Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
I wouldn't say the relgion itself is nice, no relgion is nice really, the people I have nothing wrong with.
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Dylan-the-dude Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The real muslims are the 99.9%.
And thats coming from a satanist.
Who supports treating all people well and equally.
And id against stereotyping of all religions, including muslims.
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CalvinCoolidge1924 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
You're a Satanist? Interesting, I've never met a Satanist before.
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TheQueenOfEmber Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I really hate the fact that this is sadly true. I'm from America and I oppose of the media. I've met HUNDREDS of Muslims in my life and they were the nicest people I've ever met. Not every Muslim is a terrorist or a ISIS member, yeah the religion has a few bad eggs but don't all religions do? H
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InfinityUnlimited Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist
most idiots who hate muslims never met one. History has christians and jews looking like the bad guys. colonizers, imperialists, enslavers, ect ect.
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Idlethe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
I can't stand when people call Islam an evil religion. So what Christianity is a peaceful religion with absolutely no blood on its hands???
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originalCzechball Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Christianity and Islam are Abrachamic beliefs what comes from Judiams. And judaism is b*llsh*t.
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mertonna123 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
And the sad thing is, every thing that the Quran says about Jeaus is true! And I have proof! It turns out the old and true Bible said everything that the Quran said about Jeaus and his history. The thing is, the Christians changed up the Bible making it the Jeaus died! But yeah, I agree with you all the way!
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Syndicaidramon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Problem is though, these types are not mutually exclusive.
The kind father can quite often also be the barbaric fanatic. The tender muslim mother can become the lunatic bomber. The scholar can be the ill mannered one.
There are multiple sides to everyone. It's what makes us human. And also why I find this image to be disingenuous.
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SpanielonSpeed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
When I was at college there were three Muslims in my year, two men and a woman 

I think they were the nicest people I've ever met

But the truth is every culture has bad eggs and that is something we shall always have.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I'm afraid I have to flag your comment as a spam.

the reason is that you broke several of my rules mentioned here nayzak.deviantart.com/journal/…

First, expressing your hate to Islam goes to YOUR OWN PAGE. my page isn't an open space for Islam-haters to throw their trash. or do you write such hateful comments in every Muslim page you encounter?

Second randomly quoting Qur'anic verses you don't even understand isn't the right way to prove your point. I bet you never read the Qur'an. you're just another copy-paste guy who reads from some Islamophobic websites without even taking the time to check the sources. my evidence for this claim is you quoting 2:191 not knowing that this verse doesn't come alone. the previous and following verses are all together and quoting from 2:190 to 2:192 would refute your allegation. but of course, how could you have known and you didn't read the Qur'an?
Anyway, I made a more elaborate refutation for most of the verses you're quoting here www.deviantart.com/art/Islamop…
I hope it'll enlighten you.

you wrote "I am sure you have the Quran too, so I'd encourage you to check it out for yourself if I'm lying or not."
Well, I did check the Qur'an and found out that you're a liar.
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N-Muhammad Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
masha'Allah U R awesome bro
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OrangeLetters88 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I am really glad you are spending time trying to help people realize how it really is.
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's like the comedian Russell Peters said, "They're not going to show you the normal people. Normal is boring. We want to see the whackos!" I believe lunacy is the biggest supporter of equality, because it sure doesn't play favorites between genders, religions, or anything else.
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sega31098 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Here in Canada, we tend to see all of the above.  
Everytime a something deplorable in the name of Islam happens, the media stresses that this does not reflect the majority of Muslims.
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RealityIsRelative Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one cute picture.
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kennedy072 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Nayzak you are the best
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originalCzechball Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
terrorist propagandist.
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InfinityUnlimited Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist
this same guy will watch fox news and think it is legit.
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kennedy072 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
i bet your country has the best propaganda thinking they can send peace but in reality they can bring hell like what happend to libya. 
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originalCzechball Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Czech republic and propaganda thinking?
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kennedy072 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Nope US or Europe even if you dont live in this countires you force yourself to belive in them 
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Vyrillykos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Writer

don't forget how the media tends to hide the muslim children preparing to slaughter jews, because that's what muslims pray for every day....

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The Media also hides the atrocities committed by the Israeli Government against Palestinians.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
don't claim to know what Muslims pray for because you make yourself look dumb.

Muslim children do not prepare to slaughter Jews. if that's what you believe, then your brain is really not functioning well.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
flagged as spam and blocked.
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egocentricSHARKS Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
I have so, so much respect for you right now. As someone commented here a few months ago, you refrain from bashing other religions but still defend your own, and I think that's super awesome.
Atheist here.
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NowitzkiTramonto Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Religious persecution. This is as much true not only for Muslims but as well as to a certain branch of Christians. How the media paints a quite different picture that only perpetuate hate and lies about a particular group of people because of their faith. I can very much relate to this and my heart goes to all our Muslim brothers and sisters. Christians and Muslims have peacefully coexisted in my country for decades. I didn't know that it is way different in other countries, especially in Australia~ May peace from our God Almighty be with us all~
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I see you like to spam my page.
what will you do if I flag your comment here as spam.

may Allah, the God almighty, guide you and correct your thinking
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SolidSnake000 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Stop censoring other people for disagreeing with you. That's not how a democracy works. Now I don't hate Muslims. Far from it. If you want to worship something, that's your business, not mine. However, we should be allowed to make statements on the effects of Islam on our western societies. These immigrants are finding it difficult to integrate themselves peacefully within our cultures. Diversity is okay, but why is Sweden the rape capital of the world with 77 percent of those rapes being caused by a minority of Muslim men? Why is it that Muslims kill people after drawing Muhammad? If you're really this peaceful, I have yet to see it.


Go ahead and censor my comment. It will only go to show how you can't deal with criticism. It will only make me HATE. And hatred is too much of a burden for the common man.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
"Stop censoring other people for disagreeing with you."
first, I'm not censoring people for disagreeing with me. I censor people for spreading lies against Islam in MY PAGE, for attacking me IN MY PAGE, for preaching their religion IN MY PAGE, for using foul language IN MY PAGE....
second, if I were really censoring people for disagreeing with me, who are you to give me the order to stop. if you dislike that, go to the admins of DeviantART and suggest they remove the "block" and "flag as spam" options.

"That's not how a democracy works."
DeviantArt accounts are not democratic states. they are monarchies. each monarch (Deviant) decides what to allow/forbid in their state (pages). so don't try to force your democracy in my page while you rule yours with tyranny. :D

"Now I don't hate Muslims. Far from it. If you want to worship something, that's your business, not mine."
then I fail to see why you come to bother me in my page. I didn't ask you to follow my way.

"However, we should be allowed to make statements on the effects of Islam on our western societies."
Did I prevent you from making such statements in your page? you are free to express yourself in your page like I'm doing in my page. why is it hard for people to interact in a civilized manner.

"These immigrants are finding it difficult to integrate themselves peacefully within our cultures."
that's their problem.
but not all Muslims in the west are immigrants. if you think so, then you are discriminating against Western Native Muslims.

"Diversity is okay, but why is Sweden the rape capital of the world with 77 percent of those rapes being caused by a minority of Muslim men?"
you probably need to ask some experts in Sweden society. I have never been there and I know nothing about your problems so I can't answer such question. and believe me, the Qur'an never mentions Sweden.

"Why is it that Muslims kill people after drawing Muhammad?"
by "Muslims" do you imply that all the 1.3 billion Muslims of the world are responsible for the killing? nobody asked my approval for this crime. so why are you holding me responsible for it?
yeah. there may be some criminals who happen to be Muslims. but I have nothing to do with them. I don't approve their actions so don't ask me to justify them.

"If you're really this peaceful, I have yet to see it."
I am peaceful. my religion teaches me that I'm only responsible for my own words and my own actions. and I believe that Justice says the same.
I never raped or killed anybody. if you hold me responsible for the rape and murder crimes committed by others, then I have nothing to say to you except that you need to see a psychologist.

"Go ahead and censor my comment. It will only go to show how you can't deal with criticism. It will only make me HATE. And hatred is too much of a burden for the common man."
I don't see the need to censor this comment of yours.
if you disrespect me, my religion, my prophets or my God or anybody else, or if you attempt to attack my religion or spread lies against it in my page, then I will be obliged to censor your disrespect.
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SolidSnake000 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
lies about Islam? 


Democracy as a moral obligation. It's a loose term used to express the ability for one to have his say in any situation.


"Did I prevent you from making such statements in your page? you are free to express yourself in your page like I'm doing in my page. why is it hard for people to interact in a civilized manner."

If the only reason you flagged those comments was because they were insulting you and just that, then I apologize. But that's not what it looked like.


Your message is that Muslims aren't stereotypical violent and that they're victims of stereotypes and unfair judgement. I pointed out some reasons why this is true. It may not be all Muslims, but it is definitely a very large chunk of them. Hence the negative press. Negative press about a group's general behavior isn't always untrue.


Again, I'm speaking about Muslims as a whole, not specific individuals. You're trying to paint them as a peaceful ethnic group, which is hardly the case in many Western nations.


"I don't see the need to censor this comment of yours. 
if you disrespect me, my religion, my prophets or my God or anybody else, or if you attempt to attack my religion or spread lies against it in my page, then I will be obliged to censor your disrespect."


That's a bit nebulous. What do you interpret as "attacking your own religion?"
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
"lies about Islam? "
Yes. you know, the copy-paste mentality which only copies from Islamophobic websites and attempts to paste on Nayzak's page.

"Democracy as a moral obligation. It's a loose term used to express the ability for one to have his say in any situation."
I don't have such obligation. as I stated earlier, you have right to express your say in any situation IN YOUR PAGE. in my page, I have all the right to refuse what I consider unacceptable. and please, don't think it's personal. even those who say nasty words here and I reluctantly block them, I always empty my block list after a few months to give these people a second chance. I never hold grudge even against those who insult me.

"If the only reason you flagged those comments was because they were insulting you and just that, then I apologize. But that's not what it looked like."
I believe I already answered you when I said:
"I censor people for spreading lies against Islam in MY PAGE, for attacking me IN MY PAGE, for preaching their religion IN MY PAGE, for using foul language IN MY PAGE...."

"Your message is that Muslims aren't stereotypical violent and that they're victims of stereotypes and unfair judgement. I pointed out some reasons why this is true. It may not be all Muslims, but it is definitely a very large chunk of them. Hence the negative press. Negative press about a group's general behavior isn't always untrue."
I disagree with you when you say "a very large chunk of them" are violent because it's untrue. it's like saying "a very large chunk of Americans are racist or look down on others" (which I know is not true)
but you are free to believe what you want. still, if you come to the un-violent members to complain about the violent ones, you are still not fair.

"Again, I'm speaking about Muslims as a whole, not specific individuals. You're trying to paint them as a peaceful ethnic group, which is hardly the case in many Western nations."
Muslims are NOT one ethnic group. I never tried to paint them as such. you are misinformed if you believe they are one ethnic group.

"That's a bit nebulous. What do you interpret as "attacking your own religion?""
attacking my religion = speaking falsehood about my religion, deliberately trying to misrepresent it.
blaming Islam for the un-Islamic behaviors of some Muslims is also considered Attacking my religion with falsehood.

Don't get me wrong, if you want to attack Islam, even with falsehood and lies, you are free to do so IN YOUR PAGE. I will never attempt to take your rights of expression. but in my page, I make the law. there are forums and websites where people can write whatever they want however they want. but my page here is not one of them.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
this comment is flagged as spam.
I don't like it when people try to arrogantly push their ways on me.
when I tell you I don't have an obligation to allow everybody to write whatever they want in my page and you reply that I have an obligation to do what you like, you are just asking me to shut you up.

and you coming to my page to call my religion vile is not something I'm interested to read. I never said you can express your opinions on Islam in my page. if you want to attack, I did say DO SO IN YOUR OWN PAGE!

may the God almighty guide you and correct your thinking.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Well, I did not confirm that 30% of muslims are fanatic; ill-mannered lunatic bombers.

learn your math before you throw your trash.
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Reach4TruthKenshiro Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Bro your super awesome. I really like how you dont bash other religions yet defend yours at the same time even though with your skill you definitley could get ALOT more convincing with the knowledge of Islam and other religions out there. Salam bro and keep up the dawah!! :^D

Check this out~! www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d16Cp…
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