gaanjibo:

I’ve thought the same but I’m white and non-muslim so I keep it in my head. Friends tell me about some diabolically sketchy preachers they’ve encountered. Maybe if you’re new, it’s harder to spot when you’re encountering something outside the norm?

i think that’s a plausible explanation but even when you convert, deciding to go to a foreign country to fight a war or even supporting that (monetarily or ideologically) is still so far outside the norm that it would be hard to imagine that a revert would think it was a mainstream thing? but i don’t doubt it has something to do with the people they encounter that introduce them to islam or those they surround themselves with. wanting to form a community as a revert is probably high priority, and maybe you’re more likely to accept the things they do or believe because of that? idk… some of these e-jihadi reverts confuse me  

my response was too long for a reply but I think part of the issue is that there’s this aspect to reverts that’s never been acknowledged (anywhere I know) because we’re just supposed to feel good that they’ve “chosen the proper religion”. When the fact of the matter is, if you’re being realistic, it’s not that easy to go against the indoctrination that makes them start off thinking islam is bad (at least for young reverts) so this means one of two things: either they’re very open minded or they’re very susceptible to influences outside of their “norm” because of things that’ve happened in their past. and if they’re very susceptible to changes outside their norm it usually means that they run the risk of going overboard into the e-jihadi dark side of the moon… It’s something I’ve wondered about reverts I’ve come across, how much of this is you actually choosing for islam and how much of this is you running away from something else? (at the end of the day, I won’t know what’s in their minds but it does come close to explaining the issue)

I need to start being more considerate with my friends’ anxiety issues. I can’t just think “well you’ve known me x amount of time so get over yourself” when the other way around, I’ve also known them for x amount of time and should know by now that certain things that don’t matter to me really do cause them anxiety.

It’s especially sweet because for the last year I’ve really been putting in an effort to be a better friend and to make a real difference in what I do for people I actually care about so its nice they’ve noticed and reciprocated basically…

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First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

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   Martin Luther King, Jr. in Letter from a Birmingham Jail (via ethiopienne)

(Source: ethiopienne)

   

(i was almost asleep but i got these fuzzy feelings when i was shown this whatsapp group of my friends discussing detailed perfect plans for my birthday because love)

yonce-x can’t be found online anywhere :(

her team really went all out with the dmca shit

(Source: babefield)

my latest nightmare was actually 80% about me having to be in public wearing a suit and finding out the pants part was cut off into shorts