Muslims and Islamophobia
James A. Lyons
To defeat the current threat from Islamic supremacists, the Islamic State and its affiliated entities, they must be militarily defeated and at the same time, discredited by undermining their ideology. In this sense, we need to force Mr. el-Sissi to deliver on his call for the reformation of Islam as well as to mount a modern version of “Radio Free Europe” to expose the incompatibility of seventh century Islam with 21st century customs and traditions. ...
My Muslim American community is now really feeling the symptoms of this illness. But if we want to see an improvement in Islamophobia, there has to be a consciousness and indignation from the non-black Muslims for issues impacting the Black community. ... Where is the mass effort to unite with our Black brothers and sisters?
To the haters of Islam we will say that we are not going to defend our religion because Islam is not accused and is innocent of all claims of hate. What is needed is for such haters to learn the true message of Islam, as a peaceful religion, as a religion of tolerance, compassion and mercy. Their hearts and minds should be open to learn the truth about Islam rather than blindingly believing what is told to them by a hate-mongering media. At the end, hate voices should not be given a platform to express their hateful ideologies.
Yes, I Am Afraid
Joyce S. Dubensky
Joyce S. Dubensky
I am terrified because we seem unable to remember the recent past. Hitler systematically dehumanizing Jews until it seemed like a good idea to kill them all. Taking away the right to own businesses, requiring Jews to be identifiable with yellow stars, using demonic language - and adding other groups - gays, Romas, Catholics. Why don't more people remember how we succumbed to fear during World War II and rounded up Americans of Japanese descent - and how that legacy still haunts us? How we found others to stereotype and target with McCarthyism? Fear is an illness that has been the stimuli for some of our worst behavior toward one another. It's an axiom that those who forget history will be doomed to repeat it. So let us not forget.
Why Trump must be trumped: Donald Trump is to America what Islamic State is to Islam
By Dipankar Gupta
‘Are you inviting any Muslims...?’
By Shobhaa’s Take
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
As London stands on high alert, those of us who know how to work with alienated young people must link with those who know what Islam is really about and build circles within circles until these young people are surrounded, not by hatred but by love. Only then will our world become safer, only then will all of the children in the world get the safe childhood that protects them from becoming the sacrifices that feed this spiral of death and destruction.
My message to my fellow Muslim American women, is to not be afraid. Know that above all, God is always with you. I know how tired you are. I know how exhausting it is to hold the weight of an entire faith and group of people, regardless of whether or not the actions of a few are not part of the faith you love so dearly. ...
When ethnic divisions continue to be pronounced in schools, those same types of divides can be reinforced at the geopolitical level. This type of thinking -- valuing people of one's own community above those of another -- leads to the unacceptable fact that in our media and our public policy, we in the U.S. have built an unfortunate track record of systematically devaluing the lives of people in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the middle east.
It's true that the bigoted fringe of Australia's media and society is exacerbating the fault lines in our community. That's a terrible shame, but shutting it down by force of law is not the answer. We need more freedom of speech, not less, writes Michael Bradley.
Our continued silence will make us culpable for terrorist attacks carried out by Islamist extremists under different banners. Muslims need to do some introspection and it is not enough for us to disown Islamist extremists, but challenge their radical ideology from the outset. Till we do that, we have no right to complain about this so-called “Islamophobia” in the world.
…It reminded me painfully of my own experience some years ago: a white woman in her 50s verbally harassed me, saying: “You Muslims, you’re disgusting. I’m going to kill you. You Muslims. I’m going to kill you.” She said this over and over again, and while this was hardly comparable to Yakoubi’s experience, it left me feeling frightened and humiliated in my own country….
Anti-Muslim sentiments continued to make headlines last month when Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson commented in an interview that he would not support a Muslim as president of the United States as the religion is “incompatible with the US Constitution”.
The longest-running federal election campaign in modern Canadian history has been enmeshed in a ferocious debate over the niqab, a veil which covers the face, and whether Muslim women who choose to wear it may remain veiled while taking their oath of citizenship.
Arzu Kaya Uranli
I attended a gathering at Duke University last Wednesday to listen to Cemalnur Sargut's lecture about the Sufi understanding of Islam through the teachings of it's great master Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. It was a mesmerizing two-hour session of listening to the Sufi perspective of Islam on divine love with her embracing attitude and heartwarming soft voice.
I don't know
what's harder to believe: That so many people believe a cemetery could be
swapped out for a militant training centre without law enforcement noticing, or
that radicals, regularly accused of lying about their beliefs, would believe
there is no other, better cover for a jihadist camp than a Muslim cemetery?....
and ‘Islamophobia’ have much to do with the views, attitudes and behavior of
significant numbers of Muslims themselves, who are themselves a major cause for
‘anti-Muslimism’ and ‘Islamophobia’ across the world today. This is something
that those Muslims who readily accuse the rest of the world as being inherently
and congenitally ‘Islamophobic’ do not seem to, or choose not to, recognize.
Munawar A. Anees
Saudi Arabia and Iran are playing the most dangerous game: both countries are exploiting sectarian tendencies and trying to achieve their strategic objectives through proxies here and there. Interestingly, most of the Arab states feel more comfortable with the militants’ forces, as compared to the Islamists. It’s an easy choice for Muslim rulers, who want to maintain the status quo, as the militants demand only resources while the Islamists want regime change.....
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan
When it comes to maligning Islam or Muslims, hatemongers don’t let accuracy, fairness or truth get in their way. So a Point de Bascule attack on me also targeted several Muslim organizations. Bascule accuses it, falsely, of “supporting political activities involving the promotion of Shariah in Canada.” Islamophobes love to frighten people with the bogey of Shariah. It is idiotic to say that a minority can think of imposing Shariah on a non-Muslim majority even if they wanted to, which they don’t....
Islamophobia is an extreme phenomenon; it is not part of European or western heritage and it does not reflect the general attitude of the society. It only represents individual attitudes — hostile feelings that can be eliminated if they are countered with logic and a peaceful approach. The same may apply to the terrorist movements that reflect extreme beliefs and attitudes that do not represent the real Islamic principles….
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
My concern rests with the unwillingness of predominantly Muslim countries, particularly in the Arab World, to send a clear message to countries that give a platform to those who make a living out of attacking my beloved faith, Islam, that doing so is unacceptable. As for the imbeciles, whose mission in life is to draw offensive cartoons of the Prophet, despite knowing full well that depictions of the Prophet Mohamed are strictly forbidden in Islam, they are merely beneath my contempt....
Linda S. Heard
There were no laws banning the veil or barring the construction of minarets. There were no newspapers or magazines running disrespectful cartoon contests. Muslim graves weren’t vandalized and mosques weren’t firebombed as so many have been in France and Sweden. There were no “Burn a Quran” days. No anti-Islamic posters plastered on the sides of New York buses and heavily armed right-wing thugs didn’t congregate outside mosques to hurl insults at worshipers as occurred in Phoenix, Arizona last Friday....
They were on-site to preserve the free speech rights of the anti-Muslim action, and ‘protect both parties’. Seemingly everybody in front of the mosque carried a gun, except the Muslims. However, despite this fact, it is the unarmed Muslim bodies that are largely regarded as ‘threats’ and ‘terrorists’....
It's often said
that anti-Semitism continues to exist in Poland even in the absence of a large
Jewish community. The recent Polish film Aftermath, about a farmer who uncovers
the terrible truth about his village's treatment of its Jewish community during
World War II, makes that point vividly and tragically. The same can be said
about Islamophobia. It too has taken root in countries in East-Central Europe
where the Muslim populations are miniscule, like Poland and the Czech Republic.
Anti-Islamic sentiment has also flourished in areas further south where the
spread of the Ottoman Empire left sizable Muslim communities in Albania, former
Yugoslavia and Bulgaria…
ISIS, or something very much like it, was always waiting to reemerge out of the chaos. Before ISIS, there were the Wahhabi armies of the Ikhwan which did most of the same things as ISIS. The British bombed them to pieces in the 1920s and the remainder became the Saudi Arabian National Guard. The insistence on democratic institutions weakened the military juntas holding back Islamist insurgencies. Islamists took power across the region. Where they couldn’t win elections, they went to war. But whether they won on the battlefield or the ballot box, violence and instability followed them....