A Muslim woman in Australia has been doing charity in what can be called "the most satirical way". She donates $1 to Unicef Australia for every hate tweet she receives for being a Muslim.
Dr Susan Carland is not just an ordinary name in Australia. She is an academician and a columnist, who writes for recognition of the true identification of Muslim women, and is now a philanthropist in a strange way.
Carland started donating money for every Islamophobic message she received -- a couple of months ago. She says that she has been overwhelmed by responses from haters. The 35-year-old mother of two has donated $1,000 (£470) so far to Unicef with the help of that many "hate messages against Islam and all that is Muslim".
I donate $1 to @UNICEF for each hate-filled tweet I get from trolls. Nearly at $1000 in donations. The needy children thank you, haters!
— Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) October 21, 2015
Thankyou for kindness, everyone (& shout out to haters who still can't help themselves ).Overwhelmed by tweets.Donate to @unicefaustralia !
— Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) November 12, 2015
Carland is of the view that she gets hate-filled messages because she is a Muslim. "I regularly get tweets and Facebook messages from the brave freedom-fighters behind determinedly anonymous accounts telling me that, as a Muslim woman, I love oppression, murder, war, and sexism," she wrote in The Age.
Based out of Melbourne, Carland said that she was inspired by the Quran to start the campaign to turn hateful messages into a cause for good. "The Koran [Quran] states 'Good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with what is better'," she said. "I'd tried blocking, muting, engaging and ignoring, but none of them felt like I was embodying the Koranic injunction of driving off darkness with light. I felt I should be actively generating good in the world for every ugly verbal bullet sent my way."
Carland has received messages that included requests to leave Australia, hope for her death, insults about her hijab, instructions on how to dress and act, questions on her belief, accusations that she is a jihadist and so on. She said that she wanted to give the "most Islamic" response to the senders of these messages.
"In response to all the hate I receive simply because I am Muslim, it was only natural that my response would be rooted in the fact that I am Muslim," she explained and added: "My response to them [hate messages] is not an act of angry defiance but a calm reaction that is deeply rooted in who I am and the faith that defines me - not a perverted caricature of Islam that people try to force on me, but one that instructs its followers to take the higher road and be a force for good in the world."
Unicef Australia has praised the woman's unique campaign saying that she is doing "something amazingly positive for children". Carland said she chose to donate for children because they are the worst affected by hate, be it in the form of war, injustice or violence.
"These children seemed like the natural recipients for the antidote to hate. And donating to them every time I was abused felt like tangible good in response to virtual hate," she said.