Dealing with Anti-Muslim Haters

In my project I’ve been able to help Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims. But because my focus is on Bangladesh, and because Bangladesh is 83% Muslim, it does mean that most of the time it’s Muslims & Muslim families who get helped.

This is why comments like this annoy me:

If I got a dime everytime someone left a comment like this, this project would be fully funded.

Most of you will brush this off as random haters. And, okay, in this case it may very well be. And, to be fair, this project seems to attract all varieties of haters. There are Muslim haters who say I should go to hell. There are Bangladeshi haters who claim I’m doing it for fame. It goes on and on.

A Muslim by the name of Mohibul left this gem for me. Haters are by no means just anti-Muslim. Bonus Fact: I later learned Mohibul is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

I know you’re supposed to ignore haters and not feed the trolls. But let’s face it: this kind of hate isn’t confined to the internet. We live in a world where there are people who think it’s perfectly alright to want to see Muslims suffer and those who want Christians to burn in hell.

I don’t talk about my own religious beliefs because whether I read (or tweet or respond to comments using excerpts from) The Bible, The Qu’ran, The Torah, or even The God Delusion – I find that these books all inspire me to believe that we as a species need to get along with each other.

And I realize that me rebutting or responding to every hater isn’t going to create world peace. But, at the same time, me just helping one person or one village at a time won’t end global poverty. But ignoring either doesn’t seem to be something I’m wired to do.

tl;dr: Why can’t we just all get along?

/hippie-moment

21 Responses to “Dealing with Anti-Muslim Haters”


  1. 1 Lara

    I, too, often wonder why we can’t all just get along. Like you, I feel there is value in all religions. It’s important to have faith; otherwise the world just gets too depressing. I don’t really believe in Hell, but if I did, I wouldn’t want people to burn there for eternity just for trying to make the world a better place. What’s with all these haters?!

  2. 2 Lara

    I, too, often wonder why we can’t all just get along. Like you, I feel there is value in all religions. It’s important to have faith; otherwise the world just gets too depressing. I don’t really believe in Hell, but if I did, I wouldn’t want people to burn there for eternity just for trying to make the world a better place. What’s with all these haters?!

  3. 3 Vondell

    Amen, Shawn. There are still an awful lot of people who don’t understand that you can’t blame the people who follow a religion for the views or doctrines of the religion itself.

    I’m an atheist, and I’m pretty strongly opposed the entire idea of religion, but that is certainly not to say that there are billions of wonderful, peaceful, rational, intelligent people in the world that just happened to be born into one religion or another.

    Good post.

  4. 4 Vondell

    Amen, Shawn. There are still an awful lot of people who don’t understand that you can’t blame the people who follow a religion for the views or doctrines of the religion itself.

    I’m an atheist, and I’m pretty strongly opposed the entire idea of religion, but that is certainly not to say that there are billions of wonderful, peaceful, rational, intelligent people in the world that just happened to be born into one religion or another.

    Good post.

  5. 5 Kelly

    I totally agree with you Shawn. There is no room for haters on our small planet, and I agree with you. We should all get along!!

  6. 6 Kelly

    I totally agree with you Shawn. There is no room for haters on our small planet, and I agree with you. We should all get along!!

  7. 7 Moshi

    I can’t believe you have to deal with that kind of ignorance and hate. Even if they don’t agree with how you’re spending your energies, it’s not like your actions are hurting them in some way. I just don’t get their need to be hateful. You may not be able to single-handedly end world poverty, but you DO impact the lives of the people you help. That is a REALITY. And that is definitely worth doing. I admire you so much for what you do. You remind me of the importance of reaching outside of myself to help others.

  8. 8 Moshi

    I can’t believe you have to deal with that kind of ignorance and hate. Even if they don’t agree with how you’re spending your energies, it’s not like your actions are hurting them in some way. I just don’t get their need to be hateful. You may not be able to single-handedly end world poverty, but you DO impact the lives of the people you help. That is a REALITY. And that is definitely worth doing. I admire you so much for what you do. You remind me of the importance of reaching outside of myself to help others.

  9. 9 Lama

    You just have to keep ignoring them,
    I have been livingin a muslim country for the past 23 years, here women in western clothing, others wear veils.you can go to the mosque or to ur church, No one stares & no one cares. Why every one in a tizzy in Europe?
    freedome of religion is a granted right!
    its wrong to assume that all muslims are extremists!
    the actions by some does not reflect the entire muslim nation, we focus on our differences and ignore our similarities,
    instead of attacking the religion and the ppl, maybe we should learn about one another,
    We need faith, hope and reason to live as humanbeings, driving that from Islam or christianity, doesnt matter.
    Plus, a poor christian isnt hungrier than a poor muslim !
    Shawn, what u r doin is very inspiring,
    dont let a bunch of ignorates irritate u!

  10. 10 Lama

    You just have to keep ignoring them,
    I have been livingin a muslim country for the past 23 years, here women in western clothing, others wear veils.you can go to the mosque or to ur church, No one stares & no one cares. Why every one in a tizzy in Europe?
    freedome of religion is a granted right!
    its wrong to assume that all muslims are extremists!
    the actions by some does not reflect the entire muslim nation, we focus on our differences and ignore our similarities,
    instead of attacking the religion and the ppl, maybe we should learn about one another,
    We need faith, hope and reason to live as humanbeings, driving that from Islam or christianity, doesnt matter.
    Plus, a poor christian isnt hungrier than a poor muslim !
    Shawn, what u r doin is very inspiring,
    dont let a bunch of ignorates irritate u!

  11. 11 Servant of God

    Your Lord is my Lord, we (Muslims) make no distinctions between the Messenger of God Moses, Jesus and Muhammad Untill some bigots associates gods with God and starts condamning other religions.

    Any one who believe in God(one God and it is He only)) and the hereafter would have a place in Paradise no matter be he a jew, a Christian Or a Muslim or even a Buddhist for that matter unless he doesnt worship idols.

    We should all strive to live in harmony regardless of race, creed, nationality, skin-colour etc.We are all creatures of God and we all shall return to Him .

  12. 12 Servant of God

    Your Lord is my Lord, we (Muslims) make no distinctions between the Messenger of God Moses, Jesus and Muhammad Untill some bigots associates gods with God and starts condamning other religions.

    Any one who believe in God(one God and it is He only)) and the hereafter would have a place in Paradise no matter be he a jew, a Christian Or a Muslim or even a Buddhist for that matter unless he doesnt worship idols.

    We should all strive to live in harmony regardless of race, creed, nationality, skin-colour etc.We are all creatures of God and we all shall return to Him .

  13. 13 Donut

    Lara, you are NAIVE!!! MUSLIMS WANT WORLD DOMINATION! They wish YOU to burn in hell because you don’t wear a sheet and bow to a pedophile. ANYONE who still believes these people are peaceful people who only want a good life are DUMB. READ the koran in ANY translation and you will realize that the only objective is a world dictatorship with the complete implementation of Sharia law, LOOK UP SHARIA, you will find out all you want about the violent barbarity and oppression that dumbass people are fighting for. For you Servant of God, your holy book instructs you to lie to non-muslims for the betterment of the islamic ideal, and you better tell your fucking imam not to tread on America or the people, INDEPENDENT of the government will retaliate. This is bigger than you people realize, this is global, and if you people don’t wake the hell up then you too will fall to Sharia, and you women will have to wear a sheet, and your pre-teen daughters will be forced to marry men, look it all up then judge what I have said. This is war, WAKE UP!

  14. 14 Donut

    Lara, you are NAIVE!!! MUSLIMS WANT WORLD DOMINATION! They wish YOU to burn in hell because you don’t wear a sheet and bow to a pedophile. ANYONE who still believes these people are peaceful people who only want a good life are DUMB. READ the koran in ANY translation and you will realize that the only objective is a world dictatorship with the complete implementation of Sharia law, LOOK UP SHARIA, you will find out all you want about the violent barbarity and oppression that dumbass people are fighting for. For you Servant of God, your holy book instructs you to lie to non-muslims for the betterment of the islamic ideal, and you better tell your fucking imam not to tread on America or the people, INDEPENDENT of the government will retaliate. This is bigger than you people realize, this is global, and if you people don’t wake the hell up then you too will fall to Sharia, and you women will have to wear a sheet, and your pre-teen daughters will be forced to marry men, look it all up then judge what I have said. This is war, WAKE UP!

  15. 15 Runa

    ^the above person has clearly never even cracked open a copy of the Qur’an.
    I’m a proud Muslim, and I abhor Sharia law and all it stands for.
    And fyi? My absolute best friends who I trust with my life? They’re all non-Muslims.
    Please, no matter what you call the God you pray to, learn some respect. I’m sure He’d appreciate it.

  16. 16 Runa

    ^the above person has clearly never even cracked open a copy of the Qur’an.
    I’m a proud Muslim, and I abhor Sharia law and all it stands for.
    And fyi? My absolute best friends who I trust with my life? They’re all non-Muslims.
    Please, no matter what you call the God you pray to, learn some respect. I’m sure He’d appreciate it.

  17. 17 ahmed

    all ppl who r friends to islam are good and theres no prob in gettin along with them but haters shall go to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 18 ahmed

    all ppl who r friends to islam are good and theres no prob in gettin along with them but haters shall go to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 19 Mohamed Hussein

    fuck islam haters thos retards all you islam dont go here ok you fucktards i dont give va shit if you hate silam but if you kill an muslim ill kill you

  20. 20 Mohamed Hussein

    fuck islam haters thos retards all you islam dont go here ok you fucktards i dont give va shit if you hate silam but if you kill an muslim ill kill you

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