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    Woman says she is racially abused every day
    By The Bristol Post | Posted: March 26, 2014


    ASSAULTS, insults, sly remarks and threats. All have been hurled at Kelly Ziane since she converted to Islam at the tender age of 18. She was not coerced, nor did she change her religion in order to marry – she did so because she believed it was the "right" faith for her.

    For a white girl from Bedminster it was a bold and radical change to make, something she has been reminded of on numerous occasions since then.
    But the 36-year-old mum-of-three has not wavered from Islam – she says her skin has grown thicker and her resolve stronger, even when she felt forced to take her children out of their primary school because she was racially abused by another parent.

    Kelly contacted the Bristol Post after we reported on a racially motivated assault in a Bedminster shop last week.
    She said: "I saw the news the other night, about the Muslim women attacked at Poundstretcher in East Street, and there was a police officer saying racist incidents are very rare in Bristol. In my experience, that's not the case at all.
    "I converted to Islam 19 years ago. I grew up in Bedminster and over the last ten years it's got a lot worse. I don't have enough fingers to count on my hands the number of incidents.

    "It gets to the stage where you don't see the point in reporting everything that happens to you. I know I should, and I would urge everyone to report hate crimes, no matter how small.

    "The insults used to bother me, but over the years you get used to blocking it out and carrying on with your life. If you let it get to you, you would end up feeling so hateful towards everyone.
    "You have to have strength, otherwise you might end up thinking I can't do this, it's not for me."

    Kelly said the abuse has varied over the years, from being spat at by a man who tried to pull off her headdress (hijab) on her way home from work, to being called a "Paki" and a "raghead" by women in shops, to the ignorance of being asked whether she speaks English in everyday situations.

    Arguably the most extreme incident was in 2011, when a man drove his car at Kelly, her two daughters and son – whom she does not want to name – as they crossed a road in Bedminster.
    He revved his car and sped towards them before screeching to a halt and shouting abuse at them out of the window. Kelly says he was convicted of a driving offence and given penalty points.

    After that incident, one of her daughters, then 18 months old, started repeating the "Paki" slur she heard.
    Kelly also said she took her eldest two children out of their previous primary school, Compass Point on South Street, when she was racially abused by another parent in the school grounds and felt the school did not deal with her complaint as well as they could have.

    When asked why she feels she has been subjected to so much abuse, Kelly said: "I think it's a combination of things – negative stories in the media about Muslims, incidents like the killing of the soldier in London (Lee Rigby) and international events like 9/11. After things like that, it can get really tense."

    Kelly converted to Islam when she was 18, after going to a meeting about religion in Newport.
    The former Ashton Park pupil, who prays five times a day, recalled: "I was a Christian and had been looking for the religion that was right for me. I came out of that meeting and I knew Islam was. My religion has been a massive part of my life since."
    Kelly had an arranged marriage to Algerian husband Abdelkadir when she was 26.

    "I had a mixed reaction when I converted," she added. "I found the people who had a negative reaction didn't really have any idea what Islam was about. But I also had a lot of support. I've still got friends from when I was a teenager."
    The foot health practitioner added: "To be honest, most of the time I don't think it's about the colour of my skin – I think it's purely because I have my head- dress on.

    "I often get asked if I'm Syrian, because I have very fair skin and I'm a Muslim. But I've also been called Somali and I've never seen a white Somali.
    "But there are lots of Asian and African Muslims who get abuse too. I lived in North London for a couple of years and didn't have any problems there – only when I moved back to Bristol."

    Her husband can only recall two incidents where he has been verbally abused.
    One of Bedminster's ward councillors, Colin Smith, can only remember one example of a resident coming to him after a racist incident, since he was elected in 2007 – a Somali family getting verbal abuse in Ashton Vale.

    "That is not to say there may have been other incidents but none brought to my attention," he said. "My ward is typical of most and I can honestly say there are no significant negative attitudes towards ethnic minorities and public incidents are extremely rare.
    "Bedminster is a traditional, working- class area, with a history of tolerance towards in-comers of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and lifestyles.

    "Having said all that, last week's incident in Poundstretcher was disgusting, abhorrent and disgraceful and I welcome the finding of the perpetrators by the police."

    POLICE spokeswoman Hollie-Marie Bone said: “Any report of race hate crime is taken very seriously and will always be investigated thoroughly.
    “We are working hard to ensure victims of race hate crime have the confidence to come forward and report incidents to us.
    “Better partnership working with organisations such as SARI and other agencies has led to an increase in reporting of hate crime.”

    Kelly believes councils should encourage more racial integration in terms of where people live and would like to see those punished at court for racist crimes to be ordered to work in the community of the person they offended against, to “break down the barriers of racism”.
    She also urges people to always report incidents to the police or organisations like SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).

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  • #2
    Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

    Good for her standing firm in her belief.
    I write novels for posts. Beware. :mujahida:

    Ummah Forum seems pretty black and white. Was thinking of offering Skittles as Dawah to introduce a rainbow.

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    • #3
      Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

      Aaaaah Bristol

      Just last week

      Some weirdo started shouting Allaahu Akbaar as soon as he saw me.

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      • #4
        Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

        Originally posted by innocent_girl View Post
        Aaaaah Bristol

        Just last week

        Some weirdo started shouting Allaahu Akbaar as soon as he saw me.
        don't you hjate that?

        I always gte that or they always do زغرودة at me

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        • #5
          Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

          Originally posted by *Aisha View Post
          don't you hjate that?

          I always gte that or they always do زغرودة at me
          Loool

          Bet you thought a bridal party was coming ya way hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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          • #6
            Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

            Originally posted by innocent_girl View Post
            Loool

            Bet you thought a bridal party was coming ya way hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
            looooooooooool

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            • #7
              Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

              Originally posted by innocent_girl View Post
              Aaaaah Bristol

              Just last week

              Some weirdo started shouting Allaahu Akbaar as soon as he saw me.
              Well, having somebody shout that would make me smile and laugh. They might joke and try using it as an insult, yet they don't seem to realise they're praising Allah
              I write novels for posts. Beware. :mujahida:

              Ummah Forum seems pretty black and white. Was thinking of offering Skittles as Dawah to introduce a rainbow.

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              • #8
                Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                Originally posted by Constant Hope View Post
                Well, having somebody shout that would make me smile and laugh. They might joke and try using it as an insult, yet they don't seem to realise they're praising Allah
                SubhanAllah

                That's exactly what I thought to myself

                I smiles and I went Allahu Akbaaru Kabeera waa Alhamdulillah Katheera ←← in my head of course didn't say it out loud

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                • #9
                  Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                  Not how these cowards are only brave targeting women, especially when they got children with them.
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                  • #10
                    Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                    Originally posted by Mikha’eel View Post
                    Not how these cowards are only brave targeting women, especially when they got children with them.
                    The irony is when you leave the comfort of the big cities , they just pick on you.
                    It must be hard for our brothers and sisters living in such places.

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                    • #11
                      Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                      wonder if Muslim men get the same teatment
                      وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ - 31:19

                      And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys."


                      أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَأَسْبَغَ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعَمَهُ ظَاهِرَةً وَبَاطِنَةً ۗ وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ - 31:20

                      Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favors, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him].


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                      • #12
                        Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                        sad story

                        i didn't realise Bristol was such a bigoted place.

                        May allah reward this sister for her steadfastness in faith and her patience.

                        Ameen
                        Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said: "Don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism. Don’t ruin your success with deception and don’t ruin the optimism of others by destroying it. Don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday.
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                        You could be sleeping and the doors of the heavens are being opened with dua’as being made on your behalf, SubhanAllaah: perhaps from someone poor whom you helped, or someone sad whom you brought joy, or someone passing by and you smiled at him, or someone in distress and you removed it.. so don’t ever underestimate any good deeds."



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                        • #13
                          Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                          Originally posted by LailaTheMuslim View Post
                          wonder if Muslim men get the same teatment
                          abubakar lives/lived there and i think he said it can get quite bad even for him. and hes a big guy and also a white convert.

                          There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.


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                          • #14
                            Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                            There needs to be more stronger anti-racist groups there. British Muslims need to come out more stronger against incidents like this and make it as big a media issue as possible. Start a page in facebook if any of u can in support of this Muslima .
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                            • #15
                              Re: "My hell as a white Muslim living in Bristol":

                              Originally posted by Aj2 View Post
                              There needs to be more stronger anti-racist groups there. British Muslims need to come out more stronger against incidents like this and make it as big a media issue as possible. Start a page in facebook if any of u can in support of this Muslima .
                              We need to break some legs general
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