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Muslims and Islamophobia

An Islamophobic view of Moderate Islam
Raymond Ibrahim

At a time when terrorism committed in the name of Islam is rampant, we are continuously being assured—especially by three major institutions that play a dominant role in forming the Western mindset, namely, mainstream media, academia, and government—that the sort of Islam embraced by “radicals,” “jihadis,” and so forth, has nothing to do with “real” Islam…..

The Real Agenda behind the Push for 'Islamophobia'
Raheel Raza

What is ironic and hypocritical about the Islamophobia hype from members of the OIC is their double-standards when it comes to minorities in their own lands. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sudan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, the Palestinian Authority and Iran are among OIC members that have appalling human rights violations against minorities…..

Generally, there are two perceptions of Islamophobia. One is the Phobia of Muslims and the other is the Phobia of ‘religion of Islam’. The third perception would be mixture of the two. The above eight components of Runnymede trust ascribe this phobia to Islam, while the Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as the prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of Muslims or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim…..

I Left The US Because Of Their Hatred Towards Muslims… This Is My Story
Kashif Chaudhry

I could not take it anymore. I moved to Pakistan to pursue a career in cardiology. My friends ask me if I will ever return to the States. I think I will but not until the Christian clergy stops condemning me as ‘worthy of death’ and the American government stops jailing me for calling myself a Muslim openly and for professing my faith as I deem fit. I miss the US a lot but I also love my new homeland. There are a few bigots here as well but I never have to worry about them….

Berkeley Students Must Tweet On Islamophobia
Tarek Fatah

There are 100 students in the class, all of us forced to create individual Twitter accounts. I’m not wholly clear on what our final project is yet, but we have to meet with a group in San Francisco, and our class will be surveying people of colour on the impact of some ads put out by (anti-Sharia blogger) Pamela Gellar. Now I’m no Pamela Gellar fan, I think she’s nuts…

Homophobia and Islamophobia – The Jamaat e Islami Hind and the Supreme Court’s Decision on Section 377
Fahad Hashmi

The sole aim of Jamaat-e-Islami, a politico-religious party, wherever it exists, is to establish an Islamic state premised on a particular understanding of the Quran and the Islamic history. To put it another way, JIH seeks to bring theocracy or in Maududi’s word ‘Theo-democracy’, a blend of religion and politics. The ideology of Jamaat, which is Maududi’s brainchild, rests on binary opposites of Islam and Jahiliya. In traditional parlance Jahiliya means a stage before the advent of Islam. By putting a political spin on this apolitical notion the Islamist ideologue has made Jahiliya an antagonistic category which is at loggerheads with Jamaat’s understanding of Islam. This ‘Islam’ is puritanical, literalist and closed having desperation for grabbing political power only. The ‘Islam versus Jahiliya paradigm’ is the Archimedean plane—one and only plane—through which Jamaat tries to comprehend and interpret the present times….

 

This slippery slope has become a vehicle for xenophobic and anti-Islamophobic discourse, under the guise of critically examining organized religion, despite the fact that Professor Grayson himself spoke to Islamic and Jewish scholars who demonstrated that the student’s request was not in line with either religion…..

 
'Racialising' Islam
Paul Austin Murphy

Only in that way would all criticism of Islam, the Quran, and Mohammed be stopped. And this is precisely what many Muslims, and their Leftist friends, are trying to do. This is what the initial law essentially attempted to bring about….

 

E-radicalisation and Islamophobia
Belen Fernandez

"During the Indoctrination phase those undergoing this self-imposed brainwashing devote their time in the cyber world to the extremist sites and chat rooms… The Internet becomes a virtual 'echo chamber' - acting as a radicalisation accelerant while creating the path for the ultimate stage of Jihadisation."….

 

What Islam-Bashers Can Learn From 'The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin
Mehdi Hasan

Islamophobes and the Islamists are guilty of a literal reading of the Quran. Violent extremists such as Osama Bin Laden take the same line as "new atheists" and far-right bigots; that is, both sides believe there is only a single, monolithic Islam that embraces violence, despotism and gender inequality. Stuck in the middle of these two extremes are most of the world's Muslims, who, according to polling by the Pew Research Centre, want to keep their heads down, have quiet lives and look after their kids….

While this ‘identity crisis’ talk does not seem refreshing, it surely is not stereotypical either. The name ‘Kamala’ rhymes with ‘Malala’ – again, it can either be a hint that all Muslim females need to be saved, or just a coincidence. It is a question that needs to be asked: will Kamala be portrayed as an independent Muslim female, or is she going to be viewed as just another Muslim girl who is dominated by the patriarchy?...

 

Before dismissing the majority of the European population as prejudiced or ignorant, Turkey would do well to consider the basis for these views, especially as it is now preparing a renewed push for EU membership. The OIC report regards Islamophobia as “a deliberate scheme to distort the teachings and principles of peace and moderation engrained in Islam” but the response of many Europeans is more empirical than ideological….

 

OIC Blames Free Speech for 'Islamophobia' in West
Soeren Kern

..."the OIC and the Member States should not be complacent in underscoring the fact that our present day world is gradually being driven towards the dangerous precipices of growing intolerance of religious and cultural diversity. This is the clear and present danger that the OIC has been consistent in warning the international community against. The sooner the phenomenon of Islamophobia is addressed, the better it is for ensuring peaceful coexistence of the present as well for the future generations to come."…

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….

 
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