The Muslim on the airplane | Amal Kassir | TEDxMileHighWomen

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Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever-deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is simple, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, “What’s your name?”

Amal, a young Muslim-American and native Coloradan, found a platform for her voice growing up working in her family's restaurant. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and has performed in eight countries, sharing her verse everywhere from youth prisons to orphanages to refugee camps.

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60 Kommentare

  1. dolanbruhz sagt:

    Danielle Guest look I’ve see you comment on. Almost every comment you still watched this video and YOU still think that every Muslim is a terrorist there’s nothing about being a Muslim we’re all humans after all we bleed red we do and you still want to deny the truth about being Muslim is peace I’ve went and lived in a Muslim Arabic speaking country and lived there for years and I’m not even Muslim if you go there and spend 1 day you’ll see act of kindness more than you expect in the country you are loving I would not like seeing people getting hurt and you probably hate seeing that too but if you live somewhere where being hurt and attacked is more than you expect than you’d be scared. Being Muslim is like a peaceful world though you might disagree with me I don’t honestly have to force you, you be you and wait for the judge mental day nothing could be more scary than that and trust me I’m not attacking you in the comments and trying to be like „IM GONNA FORCE YOU “ blah blah blah I’m saying that you should be scared if what you said cause a word that’s been said cannot be taken back there’s angels on your shoulders writing everything you do bad /wrong and what you do that is more than good I hope you have common sense now , take care.

  2. Danielle Guest sagt:

    and highly explosive

  3. Danielle Guest sagt:

    you loved this girl. she blew up 2 weeks ago

  4. 20198570934807 9280394820948 sagt:

    Why are you sorry?

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  6. Alison quinn sagt:

    Bchini Takwa Hi shrek

  7. omar sameh sagt:

    Nevin Ibrahim her heart

  8. Nevin Ibrahim sagt:

    what part does she need fixing on?

  9. Doris Mahboubi sagt:

    chiara aurelia I

  10. guguk kuşu sagt:

    I told you Islam gives us advices not orders. Islam definitely not advices ur claims. I live in Turkey and i live without oppression as a woman. Lies? This is my true life. Why would i lie 😀 In addition, we were talking about Islam not goverments. You can read Quran and see what the real Islam is by yourself. If you dont believe me then you can try it.

    You are talking with someone else’s words. This is the most dangerous thing.

  11. Zigzagzigal sagt:

    The worst countries to be born a female, are Islamic countries, especially when Shariah law is the constitution, so no, stop the lies, we all know that you live in a Western society, and you dont even bother for your sisters in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania, Egypt, Somalia and even Indonesia.

    Islam means submission, and women have to submit to their husbands, Islam is patriarchal and misogynistic, Women are second class citizens, you are literraly half than a man.

    If you want to live under shariah law, go live in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, and stop lying about your backward cult

  12. guguk kuşu sagt:

    You are doing the same thing you are not asking who we are just labeling as you want. When someone says Islam is beautiful you are using ur magical stereotype words immidiately. Why? You are not even asking how can you be so sure?

    Islam means Peace. The true thing is this. Islam not orders just gives advice. The choice is yours. Islam just advices women to be not attractive so that people can just focus on their thoughts. I am also a woman, i will be dr and i walk alone, talk to men wear perfume and makeup but i pay attention for not being attractive so that they see me just as a person not as an object. Btw I have 3 brother and i am a med. student so i know how a man’s brain works.

  13. that would be very deceptive

  14. Fahad Shaikh sagt:

    Sapphire Sky she’s amazing 🙂

  15. Alyssa Jen sagt:

    She certainly is 🙂

  16. Nimra Ramzan sagt:

    I love you

  17. bishplis

    So your assuming that she is bad based off of others in the same religion that has done crime?

  18. efe gamelord sagt:

    rezan ferdous have you got any brain?

  19. BThought S sagt:

    1995 dislikers now

  20. Filtre - 'Mind Blown! Connected! Achieved!' sagt:

    Where do you live?

  21. Gabrielle987 sagt:

    I can agree she’s ‚great girl“ as a public speaker(you don’t know her privately so can’t say how she really is as a girl or Koran believer. I say her public speaker skills she using to misunderstanding people how to react for viewing Muslims women in public.I think this is right to keep attention of our safety, but she says there is no need of this because muslims are peaceful. In funny way she want to influence on our fear to stop it. look others religions has special clothes as well but no one is claiming how she is poor human been that people look at her in plane.

  22. Rose Bugs sagt:

    Gabrielle987 she is a great muslim girl. she’s a great girl in general, doesn’t mean the original commenter meant it in a bad way

  23. because her religion will blow you up and burn your corpse, and then behead your children. Thats why.

  24. famous like 911?

  25. Fact Time sagt:

    She’s practising taqiyya( Islamic deception).

  26. Shelly Henderson sagt:

    Hassam Suffee „Why you can never trust a Muslim“ – Muslims lie not because they are liars by nature but by choice. Systematic lying as a religious policy is deadly, and if our politicians do not understand this, thousands could die.
    It seems our President and his advisors are clueless as to the desires, doctrines, and distinctives of Islam. While I feel a little audacious in giving advice to national leaders, it is necessary since no one else is doing it. Muslims lie not because they are liars by nature but by choice. Systematic lying as a religious policy is deadly, and if our politicians do not understand this, thousands could die.
    Muslims lie when it is in their interest to do so and “Allah” will not hold them accountable for lying when it is beneficial to the cause of Islam. They can lie without any guilt or fear of accountability or retribution. A lie in the defense of Islam is approved even applauded in their “holy” books.
    Muslims are permitted to lie: (1) to save their lives, (2) to reconcile a husband and wife, (3) to persuade a woman into a bedroom and (4) to facilitate one on his journey. Muslims are even permitted to disavow Islam and Mohammed if it is not a genuine heart-felt rejection. Muslims will tell you that concealment of a truth is not an abandonment of that truth if it benefits Islam.
    Mohammed gave permission for a follower to lie in order to kill a Jewish poet who had offended Mohammed. I could provide many examples of permissible lying from the Qur’an and Hadith and will do so when my critics accuse me of hatred and bigotry because of this column. My motives are not important but the truth is. However, many unprincipled people do not consider truth important. It is political correctness that sits on the throne to be worshiped.
    Muslims may appear very sincere; in fact, they are sincere, when they lie for their own protection or in the cause of Islam. They have permission to lie. Yes, Christians have also lied but never are they given permission to lie. However, a Muslim has no guilt since the Quran and Hadith permit his deception.
    Muslims have no hope for eternal salvation without their good works, so they must keep working to advance Islam. If a few lies will accomplish that goal, then lying is not bad but good. If they can get good publicity for Islam by lying, then lying is acceptable, even desirable.
    They will lie to make Islam more attractive to potential converts as they speak of “no compulsion in religion” while all of them know that verse was abrogated by later verses. They will quote verses that speak of tolerance and kindness knowing that those verses were written when Mohammed was desirous of “tolerance and kindness,” but when he climbed into the catbird seat, everything changed and he became a terrorist.
    Muslims have no hope for eternal salvation without their good works, so they must keep working to advance Islam. If a few lies will accomplish that goal, then lying is not bad but good. If they can get good publicity for Islam by lying, then lying is acceptable, even desirable. The Muslim is earning his way to heaven by lying to a non-Muslim.

  27. Muslims who are born in a Muslim family have no choice to pick up another religion or telling their parents that they’re an atheist cause in very most cases they’ll not be longer seen as their children or in other countries which it would lead to execution. Plus muslims breed like rats

  28. Night Sultana sagt:

    Fadi Tami lol let’s go to Saudi and ONLY SAUDI Yasss

  29. omar sameh sagt:

    aaaaaaaaaaa no , there is some small twist in her that need to fix

  30. Syed Asad Ali Rizvi sagt:

    They are real ISIS!

  31. Hassam Suffee sagt:

    Frank Collins U r brainy .An’t U. Get yor school bag to decode dear. It’s nothing like to school u now. HARD luck sir. I DON‘ T HAV ZAT MUCH time as A Gangster/ Terrorist. See u have shown insane attitude against us.

  32. Frank Collins sagt:

    Hassam Suffee
    I have no idea what you mean.
    Try English next time, not some half-arsed gangster-speak.

  33. Hassam Suffee sagt:

    Frank Collins I’ve a nebor.he is z only gud bloke.Around him n z neborhud everyone is uselessly an eyesore. he thinks he is z most brainy person on Earth . Cud U agree wiz him. Z whole neborhud is bad besides him. In our place z court condemned him to b unsocial ,conceited n fithily proud. Can u believe it ? Yes, on top of zat z court added it is insanity to say the whole neborhud is bad but U .

  34. I thought it was gonna say insane and I was about to go off. Nevermind my man, I’m sorry.

  35. cr7 anonymous israel jluase muslim

  36. H. N Bean sagt:

    muslim didnt want to live there because thats place is Warzones, both Syrian and Iraqi Government are brutal (both not using sharia law ), ISIS is brutal too , ISIS sharia law is similar to saudis but a some differences, ISIS dont like monarchy or communism or secularism , and declare illegal Caliphate (the true islamic state) without holding Mecca Territory , Only Saudi can declare to be caliphate but they didnt ….

  37. Mr Mayonaise sagt:

    Its Just Brainwashed People That Thinks Muslim Is A Terrorist

  38. Sapphire Sky sagt:

    Hassam Suffee thank you so much ☺️

  39. Hassam Suffee sagt:

    Sapphire Sky U r unbelievably right.Xnks b to Allah(swt) n to U dear. U have z beauty in yor heart n soul to pick out real beauty in Amal. I BOW to sense of Perception. PRAISE b to Allah(swt).

  40. Svenja M. sagt:

    she should be *heard*

  41. Abdul Rahman Al Khateeb sagt:

    Why sorry ?

  42. Hunny Jan sagt:


  43. Sabrina Fuller sagt:

    her laugh is everything <3

  44. How could anybody view a girl this chipper, kind and smart as something evil? It’s sad what a world we live in

  45. mohd saeed sagt:

    she’s extremely sweeeeeeeet

  46. Rezan Ferdous sagt:

    best 15:58 minutes on youtube

  47. JAMES DEL CARMEN sagt:

    she should be d face of islam ….SERIOUSLY

  48. Sam Piere sagt:

    It was amazing. I’m a muslim and I love the fact that there are people like you who let the world know that islam is much more than what they see in the news. Our comunity needs people like you.

  49. chiara aurelia sagt:

    so my first thought after watching this (and crying of coz) is to name (one of) my children (inshaa Allah) „AMAL“
    secondly, to all those 1255-ish dislikers, „WHAT’S YOUR NAME?“:“““)

  50. This is absolutely my favorite on TEDx Talks. What a wonderful Muslim girl.

  51. Pink fluffy cat sagt:

    I love this girl my new idol

  52. Mimi Vlogs sagt:

    I am black. I can completely relate to muslims. We are treated the same. With hatred and fear. I just wish Muslims would know how much other races appreciate them. I know a lot of muslims growing up in Europe, and I must tell you that they are AWESOME, FUN, CONTRIBUTING AND NORMAL people like the best of us. You will never understand what you dont know and some might even be fearful of what they dont know, it is really the matter of knowing them. They are great people with good morals. We love you guys❤❤❤ Especially in these hard times where people are misled by the mainstream media. Most of us know the truth, we know 90% of muslims are innocent. Just like 90% of any other races.

  53. darrnell anderson sagt:

    I’m sorry but this woman is fucking beautiful…

  54. Sapphire Sky sagt:

    Honestly, she’s probably one of the most beautiful Muslim women I’ve ever seen. Not just because of her looks but because of her strong and bold personality.

  55. Khalid Nabi sagt:

    this lady gives the true picture of islam….educated…beautiful…strong…i hope all muslims women become like this lady.

  56. Bchini Takwa sagt:

    reading the comment section is killing me ahhh

  57. Angela Mengis sagt:

    Thanks so much for the courage to get on that stage. I’ll keep you in my prayers. 🙂

  58. Shriya SRINIVASAN sagt:

    She should be famous

  59. cr7 anonymous sagt:

    why would 1k people dislike this??

  60. MuslimGangster sagt:

    Absolutely captivating!

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