I have had many “firsts” that have made me who I am.
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The first time they called me a terrorist, I was seven years old. Then I realized that they put you very easily in a stable.
The first time someone chased me away and asked me to return to “my country”, I realized that there are racists in my area. The first time someone wrote a hateful message about me, I realized that not everyone agreed with my message.
I am a 13 year old Muslim boy from Linderud in Oslo.
I have come to realize that it is not always easy to be a child in Norway and it is not always easy to be a Muslim in Norway. This has made me a community debater and student council leader, so I can help change society.
I have had many “firsts”. It has made me the socially committed person that I am today. All my strange experiences have made me want to use my voice to stop injustice.
The first time I made an appeal at a rally, I realized that it was something I wanted to do more often. Since then, I have made countless calls for injustice in the world.
The first time someone recognized me on the subway, I realized that my appeals had reached the people of Oslo. The first time a journalist interviewed me, I realized that my appeals had reached people all over Norway.
It is important to me that my voice reaches people, so that everyone can receive my important message.
When I wrote a poem about injustice and won a poetry contest, I realized that poetry is something for me. When I was on an NRK series on religion, I realized how important it is for people to be able to see what it is like to live as a young Norwegian Muslim.
It is important for me to show that I am an ordinary child who practices the Islam religion. It is important for me to show that I am not a dangerous person. For me it is important to spread knowledge about Islam.
Because ignorant and scared people can make hateful comments. That is why it is important to me to eliminate the xenophobia of the Norwegian people. Resisting racism and Islamophobia is important to me.
I know who I am
The first time I saw a beggar, I realized that he wanted to fight for the poor. The first time I read about the war in the world, I realized that I would oppose injustice.
It is not wrong to try to change society. It is not wrong to defend the poor. It is not wrong to resist injustice. It is not wrong to want to teach others about their religion, but there are still many who are against me.
The first time someone praised me for everything I do, I realized that I have to ignore the negative comments and focus on all the positive things. Therefore, I will remain who I am, that is, a confident and determined boy who never gives up.
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