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AM I A TERRORIST?
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The widespread combat against terror is absolutely necessary to make this world a safe place to live in. But is every moslem A terrorist?

AM I A TERRORIST?
BY: ABDI-NOOR HAGI MOHAMED

I AM A MOSLEM
I HAVE A LONG BEARD
AM I A TERRORIST?

IN ALL MY SURROUNDINGS
I SEE SHADOWS OF FEAR
I SEE WARSHIPS
I FEEL THREATENED
I SMELL DANGER
I SEE POLICE.
I SEE PLAIN CLOTHES
I SEE BUSY WIRES
I AM SCARED

IF I LISTEN TO THE WIND
I HEAR WHISTLES OF TERROR
IF I LISTEN TO MY SOUL
I HEAR WHISPERS OF PEACE.
I AM IN AFRICA. I AM IN ASIA
I AM IN THE EAST.
I AM IN THE WEST
WHEREVER I STAY
EYES ARE DRAWN UPON ME

IN MY HOUSE,
IN MY HOTEL ROOM
I AM AN APPETIZING PREY TO POLICE.
I WAKE UP IN THEIR MIDNIGHT RAID
I SHOULD LET MY POCKET SPEAK
OTHERWISE I END UP IN A CELL
I AM TERRORIZED
I AM TRAUMATIZED

WITH THE AIRWAVES,
THE PANIC IS MORE HORRIBLE
TOP OF ALL STORIES IS TERROR NEWS
MOSLEM NATIONS GRAB THE HEADLINES
THEY ARE TAINTED WITH TERRORISM
THE INTERNET HAS NO MERCY FOR US EITHER
EVERYBODY IS IMPLICATED TO A TERROR NETWORK
LONG BEARDED LOTS ARE TERRORISTS
VEILED WOMEN ARE TERRORISTS
THE DOCTOR IS A TERRORIST
THE TEACHER IS A TERRORIST
THE BARBER IS A TERRORIST
THE BUTCHER IS A TERRORIST

AT TIMES I AM ILL-REPUTED AS A MISFIT
I TIRELESSLY HUNT JOBS BUT DON’T FIND ANY.
LIKE A HOMING PIGEON,
A LETTER LANDS IN MY MAILBOX
“REGRETS” IS ITS SUBJECT
SUCCESS IS EVERYBODY’S GOAL
BUT THE TREK IS NEVER EASY FOR ME
I AM A VICTIM OF MY FAITH
I AM A VICTIM OF MY IDENTITY

TRAVEL TIME IS A TENSE TIME FOR ME
AT THE AIRPORT THE CHECK UP IS HECTIC
MY NAME HAS TO BE CLEARED WITH SECURITY WEBSITES
NON-MOSLEM NAMES NEED NOT BE SCREENED
A SMILE FLASHES OUT FOR THEM INSTEAD
THEY ARE DEVOID OF EVIL TRACES. IS THAT FAIR?
I ‘M TREATED JUST LIKE A SUITCASE
I AM NOT A HANDBAG.
I AM NOT A BIOLOGICAL ITEM
I AM A HUMAN BEING

HELLO WHITE HOUSE ........ DO YOU HEAR ME?

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Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
Abdi..YOU are not a terrorist..but many moslems ( fundamentalists) are!
I KNOW how you FEEL..why?
I lived through a war that the Serbs pushed upon the Croatians..being a Croatian in ex Yugoslavia (ruled by the Serbs) I ,and all the rest of the Croatians were looked upon as the ENEMY just because we were NOT Serbs and not of their faith...it was to no avail protesting and feeling indignant because were were spied on etc. I did NOT feel the need to tell the world how I felt..why?..because how I REACTED to outside stimuli showed me WHO I was...to live the good that your religion..(or any other religion )..offers .you NEED to SEE why and how you act...and ponder upon that which agitates you...it is NOT easy to LIVE love..thus my friend..try to refrain from feeling persecuted...for you are loved and accepted by the One that is! ..ultimately that is the only thing that MATTERS!
The poem was well written...thankyou!
Vesna
Reviewed by Safi aifas32@gmail.com
Salama alaikum, abdi noor. Nice to have you on authorsden. I stumbled across your site while surfing, and I must tell you I am amazed by your deep insight. No, we Muslims aren't terrorists. Islam doesn't teach terrorism. Those who paint all Muslims with the same brush (as if all Muslims were all identical clones) are suffering just as much as the so called "terrorist."
Keep up the good work, abdi.

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Reviewed by Jackie Brooks
It must be awful to be constantly viewed with suspicion this way. Your poem has opened my eyes.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
Cuts to the heart and is so sad that good men foster suspicion and even hate simply because they are different from each other.
Reviewed by Dhruv Foster
Powerful punch, Miyan. I have known a few friends from Kashmir who have been victims of terrorism in the Kashmir Valley of India. I have also known some friends who have defected to the terrorists. And I know from experience that terrorism has no religion. Terrorism itself is a faith of its own. And the victims are followers of all religions who do not follow or support that faith.
Reviewed by David Knight
Religious belief does not a terrorist make, but it does make a perfect screen for one to hide behind.
I am English where until recently terrorists did not read the Koran but the Bible, in an Irish accent.
Please read my poem 'Terrorism'
David
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
We all are presumed innocent, but I get searched everytime I go near an airport.
Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader)
Yes, while we are at the debate, you better know the facts as they are: the American adminstration does not think terrorists are Moslems; they think Islam is terrorism. All the 'normal' healthy Americans at the den might beg to differ; but the American plan is to substitute Islam by Macdonald and baseball caps.. better know it before it is too late.. Read Michael Kearney's articles here.. And read my response to those.
Blessings
Nevine
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader)

This is heart poetry. You give a wonderful perspective.

Emilie
Reviewed by J. Murphy
I don't like stereotypes and you are right there is a lot of that going on. I wish that this was not the case in the government but it seems to be the case unfortunately. Hang in there hopefully it will get better as time progresses and the wounds heal in time. J.
Reviewed by Leysa Lowery
This reminds me of how the Jews must have felt in Nazi Germany, and perhaps how many Japanese-Americans felt during World War II. Terrorism is such an evil thing and it begets pain, hardship and tragedy. We must stop terrorism so that we can all live in peace as the brothers and sisters we are.
Reviewed by Dens Dreamweaver (Reader)
Abdi-Noor;
I can't possibly imagine how it must feel to be the victim of so much scrutiny. Discrimination - regardless of who it is - is just wrong. We are all brothers and sisters - Regadless of race or creed. Panic has a way of instilling such fear into hearts - and the media is one to grab a hold and run with it for all its worth - it gets ratings.. and lines their pocket books.
Ssometimes - common sense just flies out the window. I wish I knew how to stop all the hate, the prejudices, the fears.. and the wars in this world. Would that I had a magic wand. (smile)

Namaste' my brother;
Melanie
Reviewed by john zimmerman
it seems that we must have people
to fear and to hate --
thank you in the fiery eloquence
of your poem you have given a face
and a voice to the current
target. it is harder to hate someone
whose face you know and whose voice you
hav heard . . .

a good write

john +
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
(((((abdinoor)))))

you already know how i feel--i'm honored that you shared this with me first, and now share this powerful, moving write with author's den

what an emotional and heartfelt piece this is

no, abdinoor, you are NOT a terrorist...you are my brother and friend

*applause* for this courageous write...this makes me cry, especially

"...in all my surroundings
i see shadows of fear
i see warships
i feel threatened
i smell danger
i see police
i see plain clothes
i am scared..."
and
"...in my house
in my hotel room
i am an appetizing prey to police
i wake up in their midnight raid
i should let my pocket speak
otherwise i end up in a cell
i am terrorized
i am traumatized..."

*tears tears tears*

no human being should have to feel like this--i pray for you and your family, and your people, and your nation daily

may God grant you the peace you seek...and let it begin with me

((((((HUGS)))))) and much love,

karla. :(
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik
This is a very emotional, very human poem.. it appeals to our humanity, which seems to be lacking in many today.. the entire world is filled with fear.. as a white American, I am hated too.. I resent being blamed for what others' do.. I hope your poem will wake some people up to the fact that Arab DOES NOT equal EVIL.. I know little of your faith except that NOWHERE in the readings I've done does it suggest in any way that harming others' is part of being Moslem.. In fact, it seems to be a very peaceful, gentle faith that wishes no ill on anyone.. THATS something many could learn from. I'm sorry you are having problems.. you have written a fine poem. katy.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
No, Abdi-Noor: you are NOT a terrorist, and how DARE anyone think that about you? A powerful, gut-wrenching write! I pray that all is well for you, and I am glad that we are friends! God bless you and protect you, my dear friend! ((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))) :( love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn. >tears <
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