I’m a Muslim and I Can Never Go “Boo!”


I’m a Muslim and I Can Never Go “Boo!”

Illustration: Namaah/ Arré


ou know, I can never go “Boo!” just like that. This concerns me. A lot. It threatens my idea of equality in the eyes of the law and my fellow citizens, even if I want to play a silly prank like the Australian Jalals (although, they are another level of Boo!) The only way I imagine coming out of a prank alive, is if I had paramedics on standby and perhaps an anticipatory bail in my pocket.

Why? Because I wear my religion on my sleeve – actually more like on my head in the form of a headscarf. And this happens to be a not-so-good time to be a practising Muslim. I don’t have to delve into history, but so that we are on the same page, it all started with 9/11, 17 years ago. I was in school then, but had to quickly become a bit of an Islamic scholar.