As part of our #MYTHMONDAY series, we are aiming to tackle several misconceptions and myths about the different groups of Muslims within our communities.
MYC aims to advocate for others--all others. This includes our Shi'a Muslim brothers and sisters who are so often marginalized and whose Islam is often questioned or simply not recognized. Recently, anti-Shi'a violence (sometimes called anti-Shi'ism) has been in the news, but many Muslims stay silent. We'd like to break that silence by drawing our attention to the practice of Shia Islam, starting with the most common misconceptions about Shia Muslims. The same way Muslims debunk myths that non-Muslims believe--we'd like to debunk myths that Muslims believe about Shia Muslims.
Anti-Shi'ism takes many forms, the persecution of Shia's in several countries being the most aggressive. Other forms and some local examples include Muslim leaders refusing to marry Shia Muslim couples, bullying Shia children in schools by calling them disbelievers, and ostracizing Shia's in mosques by making them feel unwelcome. We hope that as we challenge our own biases and misconceptions, others will follow suit. Like Hoda Katebi wrote in a recent post, "it's the little things that help unify our community." With this in mind, MYC will attempt to debunk several misconceptions and myths held within the Muslim community.