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Muslims and Islamophobia

Spreading Islamophobia Deliberately: Muslims Should Be Aware and Ready To Counter Falsehood with Truth
Jahanshah Rashidian

The conversion was forcibly identified with a racial and ethnic hegemony of the occupiers. Even after their physical departure, they left their cult by building caste of clergy. Under the first Muslim occupiers from Arabian Peninsula, the followers of the Prophet Muhammad, until today, the defeated nations, despite being converted to Islam, found themselves the second-class citizens in their own countries – see the highly privileged caste of “black turbaned Seyeds” who are the alleged descendants of the Prophet Muhammad and today rules over Iran…….

As though that were not enough: In early November the news broke that two mosques in Besançon had also been daubed with inflammatory slogans. The perpetrators had scrawled statements such as "Arabs Out!" and "France for the French!" on the walls, as well as swastikas. Similar slogans had been painted on the walls of a mosque in the southern French town of Carpentras two weeks previously – along a total length of 30 metres....

The Rohingya and other Burmese Muslims are confronted with threats to their very existence. They are already in a weak position as a very small minority, without leverage in the Burmese economy, polity or society. They pose no existential threat to the Buddhist way of life, national security or sovereignty. Still they are in deep trouble, not only because the country's "Mother Suu" has, in effect, chosen to side with their societal oppressor, namely well-organised, anti-Muslim racists, at every level of society….

Gerrard Street Mosque Mural Fiasco: The Controversy On The Meaning Of Nasrum Minallah Wa-Fathun Qareeb
Tahir Gora

Unfortunately, it seems clear that as Al Qaeda is using misinterpretation of Islam for their political purposes, by the same token pretentious anti-Al-Qaida people are using Islam for their political gains and media attention by generating fear and misinterpretation in the name of Islam too. The Mosque Mural on Gerrard is simply a piece of art and the spirit of the message should be "Help from Allah and near victory {success} over the hatred."…

 

We cannot keep denying groups of people drivers’ licenses or student IDs or public services based on what’s on their heads or in their hearts. We must start talking, to figure out what can be done to balance safety and civil liberties, democracy and religion. Until we do that, we are not truly human beings, just labels....

Why Would Anyone Believe In The ‘Islamophobia Industry’?
Samira Shackle

It is not just the media that is at fault. “Politicians play political football,” says Mughal. “It is quite easy to turn to xenophobia in a time of austerity. Politicians say that the problem with cohesion is that the Muslims are not doing it right, and deflect from the very tough questions raised by the economic crisis, like a lack of investment in housing stock and jobs.”…

From Islamophobia to ‘Hizmet-phobia’
Ekrem Dumanli

Unfortunately, we have failed to notice that the person we are seeking far away is right next to us. We can see him only if we leave our prejudices behind…..

 

“There are four Muslim families in San Angelo…and that’s four too many,” Tea Party member Terry Campbell declared. By then, the wide and brightly-lit hall had all but cleared, leaving behind only the faint smell of cookies and stale coffee, where a half-hour prior excitement and anger had rung out. There had been roughly 40 members and guests in attendance—a mostly white and graying audience identifiable by their red polos with the name "Tea Party" proudly emblazoned on the breast…….

 

Some politicians and many radio talk show hosts have concluded that Islamophobia is the shortcut to their success and popularity. Their efforts — supplemented by some extremist religious groups, hatemongers, and bigoted bloggers — are disturbing to Muslims and dangerous to society as a whole. The disinformation and propaganda spread by these individuals and groups have resulted in physical attacks, harassment, vilification and vandalism and desecration of mosques and Muslim cemeteries….

American Muslims 12 Years after 9/11
Abdus Sattar Ghazali

Recent years have witnesses an exponential rise in Islamophobia which should be understood as a potent political tool that is used to exploit fear to gain political mileage. The anti-Muslim sentiment in America is being generated by a cottage industry of Muslim bashers and Islamophobic groups. Some individuals, institutions and groups are at the centre of pushing Islamophobia in America......

 

One often-repeated lie is that Muslims don’t condemn terrorism. Personally, I don’t think that Muslims should have to condemn terrorism, just as I, as someone of Irish Catholic heritage don’t need to apologise for the bomb attacks carried out by the IRA….

Egypt, the 'War on Terrorism' and Islamophobia
Hatem Bazian

Islamophobia discredited Bush’s global "war on terror" with the simplistic line "you are either with us, or with the terrorist", and has been barrowed and deployed into the Egyptian landscape, the consequences of which will be far reaching. Needless to say, it will give a great ideological boost for the Islamophobes in many parts of the world and will immediately negate any efforts at remedying Muslim standing and image across the globe….

 
France Needs to Start Facing Up To Islamophobia
Valérie Amiraux and Marwan Mohammed

The trigger for the riots in the Parisian suburb of Trappes last weekendwas a relatively ordinary one: the local police stopped a young woman for wearing the full veil in public. Ordinary, that is, since the inception, in April 2011, of Law 2010-1192 of 11 October 2010 prohibiting the concealment of the face in public space, according to which the wearing of this type of garment can lead to a fine of €150 (£129) and a "community rehabilitation programme" in the form of mandatory citizenship classes…..

Muslim women and their clothes, their relationships with men and their place in British society are written and talked about and discussed and debated to death - but rarely are Muslim women included in those discussions themselves. That’s why I contacted five Muslim women who have experienced varying degrees of anti-Muslim incidents to find out how it has affected them….

 

Where Is Islamophobia Heading in the U.S.?
Arzu Kaya Uranli

On the other hand, I wonder why we haven't had anything about the white supremacist threat. According to the non-partisan think tank New America Foundation, since 9/11 there have been twice as many domestic terrorist attacks by right-wing extremists (eight) as by jihadists (four). Somehow, since 9/11, the word "terrorism" in the U.S. will usually call to mind links with al-Qaeda, while white supremacists and other right-wing militants are often ignored by the public....

 

How Phony Fear of US Jihadis Obscures the Real Threat of Far-Right Terror
Matthew Harwood

Since 9/11, American law enforcement has taken a disproportionate interest in American Muslims across the country, seeing a whole community as a national security threat, particularly in California and New York City. But here's the thing: the facts that have been piling up ever since that date don't support such suspicion. Not at all…….

 

There's Nothing Un-Australian About Taking an Oath on the Qur'an
Mariam Veiszadeh

Sadly, whether it’s Muslim minarets or the notion of Islamic banking, any concept even remotely connected to Islam and Muslims seems to elicit a completely irrational fear....

'Looking Muslim' Equates To Being A Terrorist, But Is 'Looking Muslim' An Offence?
Shelina Janmohamed

I guess that they'll be used on people who "look Muslim". Because this is the latest danger: looking Muslim. Once, we used to joke about the difficulties of "flying while Muslim", referring to the additional security checks and border control that Muslims routinely face, along with dirty looks from fellow passengers…..

Trust, the FBI, and Muslims
Jeff Siddiqui

Well, the bus ads saga continues and with it, the disappointment and the damage of trust with the FBI grows. It appears that the FBI is unable or unwilling to get us a straight story and it also appears that the FBI is working hard to divide Muslim up so that one group’s lack of dissent can be used against another group’s vigorous dissent….

 

For years it was believed that Muslims would enter what is known as “demographic transition”, with European Muslim birth rates falling to native European levels. But that demographic transition has not happened. In Britain, for example, the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities continue to have significantly higher birth rates than the national average, even after more than 50 years in the country….

 

Islamophobic Hate Crime: Is It Getting Worse?
Homa Khaleeli

"I don't really want to go out now," Rizwan Ali says anxiously. "If I needed something I used to just go to the shops, but I've been staying in." On 24 May the father of four had been to Friday prayers at his local mosque. On his way home he popped into Pound Stretcher to look at gardening equipment. As he browsed he noticed another customer staring at him. "He was looking at me, as though I had done something," Ali (not his real name), explains. "Then he started shouting: 'You are a Muslim, you are a soldier killer.' I was shocked and scared...

 

'Islam Is Not a Monolith'
Mohsin Hamid

Islamophobia, in all its guises, seeks to minimise the importance of the individual and maximise the importance of the group. Yet our instinctive stance ought to be one of suspicion towards such endeavours. For individuals are undeniably real. Groups, on the other hand, are assertions of opinion....

An Example of Christian-Supremacism or Islamophobia? Fox News on What It Calls ‘The Bipartisan Folly of Our Islam Delusion’
Michael Youssef

Jizya is a per capita tax levied on a section of an Islamic state's non-Muslim citizens, who meet certain criteria) that infidels must pay to Muslims, or the one who says that Islam will one day dominate the West, they all prove the folly of not facing the facts. As long as that folly is shared in a bipartisan fashion, the prospects for peace in the world will remain bleak. ....

 

And that sums it up. Islam is a religion, and you cannot have an atheistic Islam. But many atheists from Muslim families and Muslim communities identify with the cultural aspects of their Muslim heritage and history, as do atheists with Christian or Jewish heritage. Progressive Muslims, particularly in the West, may want to consider coalescing around a sense of community.....

It will overlap onto all Muslims. Stating that 99 per cent of Muslims are not terrorists is irrelevant. The one per cent is the percentage that is used to do all the work for Islamophobia. It translates into suggesting that any of the 99 could potentially be that one terrorist. It takes little stretch of logic then to suggest that all should be treated as such....

 
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