A great woman, a great speech
Hi everyone! Recently we have seen and discussed a touching video in one of our English lessons. It is a public speech delivered by an incredibly brave American woman, Dalia Mogahed. She talks about equality and humanity but, especially, about prejudices against muslims. Because she is American and a muslim and she has experienced those prejudices on herself more than once in her life. She explains what Islam is, what ISIS is, and she says thought-provoking things that made all of us see things from a different perspective for once.
We all agreed on the fact that everyone should see this video and listen to Dalia's words, because she talks about present-day reality and of events we cannot avoid to face and reflect on. That's why we wanted to share Dalia Mogahed's speech here as well as some of our comments. I hope you'll find it as touching and meaningful as we did.
What we learnt from Dalia
We have always based our opinions on what the media say. We confuse Islam with ISIS. But it is not as simple as that. We see muslims as bad people just because they practice a religion from ours. Dalia Mogahed is a woman and a mom, she is like so many other women in the world. She dreams of a better life, of being happy. But she doesn’t live a simple life, and in the video she helps us understand why. She lives in a world where all muslims are considered terrorists. She must cope with hate and prejudices. We all should learn there is no need to judge or especially prejudge people we don’t know much about." ANGELA 3SC. A
MARTINA 3SC. B
I don't like the way they have been treated. In my opinion it's not right that some people use this religion as a justification for their actions. We should not judge a religion based on the actions of a few mad people.
What I liked the most about this video is that most of the Muslims, after 11th September 2011, went to mosques, despite prejudices." LUDOVICA 3SC.A
Indeed, I often misunderstand the word “Muslim”, which makes me think of the word “terrorism“, I think for lack of solidarity and much prejudice, which are the most common teenage feature today.
In my opinion we should be more tolerant. I have tried to put myself in Dalia’s shoes and I
understood how she feels every day." EUGENIO 3SC. B
I think Dalia is a model person, she loves life and she wants peace. Her speech is meaningful and thought-provoking. Many people say that the right way to make our lives safer, is to close mosques. But Dalia says that people radicalize not in mosques but in their bedroom in front of their computer. Yes, this is right but it is also right that people are scared by the frequent terrorist attacks. In my opinion, the way to stop terrorism doesn't exist because there will always be an exalted person who will take a gun and kill other people. The best thing we have to do is to try to go on living our lives without letting fear stop us or limit us because those mad people want only to take our freedom."
G. B. 3SC.A
When she said that she was scared to be a muslim after the first terrorist attack, I thought that no one, in their lives, should be scared to show who they really are, not even once! When she entered the mosque she saw several of people standing there to help muslims because those people understood the difference between the muslims and terrorists and everyone should do the same, since terrorists are not certainly muslims!" KARINA 3SC.B
What about you? What are your feelings watching the video?
What do you think of Dalia's words?
Looking forward to your comments!