Humans of Orland Park is a project that aims to provide a glimpse into the lives of the people of Orland Park, one story at a time. The content provided in this piece is taken from interviews with our anonymous subjects. The views, opinions, or positions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of the Orland Park Prayer Center.
“I went to sleep disappointed having been following up on the live polls. When I woke up, I was in disbelief. It’s not even the fact that Trump won over Hillary, because in my opinion she wasn’t a good candidate either. But, the fact that he was extremely blunt about his racism and still managed to win makes a huge statement about America. This defies anyone who’s ever said that America is in its post racial phase. I am terrified. I am scared not just for myself, I am scared for all Muslims, Hispanics, people of color, disabled people, and women. I feel as though I’m lucky to live in a very diverse area as opposed to further down south where there is a higher percentage of people who foster feelings of hatred towards other races. I always felt that America was against the Muslim world, but I had a little hope in the American system. That hope died when Trump won. The mentality of this country creates feelings of unbelievable sadness within my heart. I don’t want to believe that the nation has a warped view of freedom. Because Donald Trump is not advocating freedom. His ideology is not what Martin Luther King Jr died for. His ideology is not what this country is meant for. I am already hearing stories of harassment of my fellow Americans who can’t feel safe in their own country. Several Muslim women have chosen to take off their hijab in fear. Now is the time for Muslims to stand together. A majority of the nation is already against us. We cannot be against each other or we will truly fail as an ummah. However, I still believe that everything happens for a reason. Allah knows what is best, for He is the All-Knowing, the Most Wise, the All-Powerful.”
By Maryam Mohamed
“It could be that you dislike something when it is good for you; and it could be that you like something when it is bad for you. Allah knows, and you do not know.” [Surat Al-Baqarah: 216]