Muslims and Islamophobia
Islamophobic discussions and fear-mongering policies have arguably made us less safe, leading to the legitimization of wars and occupations that have destabilized the Middle East and strengthened groups like ISIS, while encouraging radicalization by social disenfranchisement at home. They have contributed to a culture of fear that has also been directed at, among others, communists and black men......
I have always wondered if Islamophobes like Robert Spencer, who the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group leader, have ever stepped foot into a mosque or carried out actual field research in the Muslim communities they bash on a regular basis. Spencer operates in his own comfortable safe space, behind his computer screens and cameras. Islamophobes like him, who remain in their safe spaces, do not constructively engage with Islam through reasoned argument with Muslims or their allies....
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The idea that
more than a billion people around the world might be attached to a faith either
despite the fact that it is a "nihilistic cult of death" or because
of that fact is not the remark of a heretic; as anyone who has actually met a
significant number of believing Muslims must realise, it is the remark of a
lunatic – or a very canny self-publicist. It is also, for those keen to condemn
Islam and Muslims, as soothing a reductionist fable as Orwell's "four legs
good, two legs bad".....
Even if we push
aside the argument that public opinion really is affected by what they see on
the silver screen – representing Muslims in a positive light is the necessary
respect a people deserve, and a common decency above anything else. Can you
imagine the unease you would feel seeing the Jewish people, or any other
minority, represented in the same manner as Muslims have been on the silver
screen? Now consider the reality. Why doesn’t the same unease exist when its
Muslims depicted in this manner? Perhaps it is because we’ve become subjected
to it for so long and therefore we have, unfortunately, become tolerant of
Canadian government presents itself as opposing Islamophobia, it is being
wilfully duplicitous, since Canada supports and nurtures the Saudi
Arabian-style “Wahhabism” and sectarianism in Syria and beyond. And it is this toxic ideology that creates
fertile ground for Islamophobia, not the genuine Islam as taught and practiced
Hasan and the
other doctors, nurses, therapists and medical assistants aren’t volunteering at
the clinic to show dubious Americans that Muslims are good people. And they’re certainly
not doing it to explain the tenets and practices of Islam. “We don’t really
talk about that,” Hasan said. “Mostly, they are just happy to have someone who
will take care of them.”....
None of this is
to say Muslims en masse are God's gift to humanity. Islamophilia is as deranged
as Islamophobia. There are an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe.
They have their share of criminal thugs, homicidal sociopaths, psychotic gangs,
etc. But to address such pathologies you will need a minimum of sympathy for
the common humanity of millions of other Muslims who have nothing to do with
Just as we have had to come to grips with the so-called Muslim ban in
the United States and all its actual and potential implications, Canadian
Muslims have also had to come to terms with the fact that a young man would let
hate consume him to the point that he gunned down innocent people at a mosque.
The attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Ste. Foy on January 29
is a horrific stain on Canada’s history: never before has a gunman attacked
congregants at a house of worship in this country....
A. G. Noorani
The 19th and 20th centuries saw a sharp reversal of this tide. Western
imperialism colonised Muslim lands. Israel was planted on Arab land in 1948.
Muslim resentment was ignored until it became assertive. Western intellectuals
went to work to give Islamophobia a new intellectual veneer, producing
literature such as Bernard Lewis’s The Roots of Muslim Rage and Samuel P.
Huntington’s The Clash of Civilisations....
Right wing nationalists were quick to re-victimize the victims by
falsely propagating that one of the alleged perpetrators was a Moroccan and
that he had yelled “Allah u Akbar.” The fact that even some supposedly
respectable media outlets reported such alternative “facts” is telling. Police
have now said the sole accused is Alexandre Bissonnette, a white French
Canadian who by some accounts appears to be a rabid white nationalist. Very few
are asking, how did he get radicalized?...
Last Sunday, as six men were gunned down, 17 children lost a father,
six women were instantly widowed. A community shattered. Lives irreparably
damaged by a hate-filled individual who took advantage of a mosque’s open doors
to kill and maim Muslims in prayer. Not in the United States, but in the heart
of la belle province. As many have noted, the massacre took place in an
atmosphere of increasing Islamophobia...
I am more than grateful that I recognized the wrong, and was able to
correct my thoughts according to what truth said. I am also grateful for this
trial, as without it I do believe I would have turned out as someone completely
different and someone on a completely different path. If I ever feel there is
arrogance in my heart, I reflect on this time in my life to ensure that it
of people like Ahok truly wish to combat ‘blasphemy’, instead of hounding
others they should focus on reforming their own behaviour and develop a
sensible understanding of the faith they claim to follow, grounded in love and
well-wishing for all, an understanding that people of other faiths too can
appreciate and identify with....
living in the West, we often struggle to find the balance between religious
morals and pride, and our secular identity. The rise of Islamophobia and
Nationalism in our countries has intensified this internal struggle. As adults
trying to navigate this complicated and sometimes daunting issue, we forget
about the most delicate and vulnerable members of our society, our children....
common to use the term “Islamophobia” interchangeably with anti-Muslim
xenophobia, Islamists define it very differently: as any act of scrutiny or
examination of structures, institutions, policies or manifestations claimed to
research on minority communities has documented how stress associated with
stigma, intimidation and discrimination is detrimental to physical and mental
health. These health effects are especially concerning for Muslims given Trump
won the elections on a platform of Islamophobia....
Muslim-Americans have a distinct identity and whilst we do face discrimination,
we are allowed to practice our faith, build our mosques and to create our own
identity away from the Middle East, or Pakistan or any other country. While we
keep creating our identity in the United States, we must not let our divisions
and ethnicity separate us. To an Islamophobe, we are all Muslim.....
Is Trump Islamophobic?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
America should always bear in mind this teaching of the Quran: “Good and evil
deeds are not equal. Do a good deed in return for a bad deed; then you will see
that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”(41:34) This
Quranic teaching is based on an eternal principle of nature which works in
every country — be it the US or any other country...
In terms of its
purity, what the terrorists championed was a superior brand of Islam, complete
with Islamic punishments that Pakistan’s post-colonial infrastructure of
justice was not able to award. In the areas where the Taliban and al Qaeda were
allowed to put down their Islamic system, intimidation became the most
effective instrument of domination. It was supported by the madrasa network of
the modern emergence of Islamophobia, for which he provided a broad definition:
prejudice, hatred or bigotry directed against Islam and Muslims. Baram said the
roots of Islamophobia include fear, racism, assumed religious differences and
the perception of an uncivilized people. He said the real principles of Islam
include honouring mankind, embracing diversity, freedom of choice and
advocating justice for all….
impact of Islamophobia on Muslim women should not be underestimated. They are
71 per cent more likely than white Christian women to be unemployed, even when
they have the same educational level and language skills," the committee
found. This had created a "chill factor"....
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
In essence, Islamophobia is a manifestation of the mental illness of
elites manipulating us into doing their insane bidding. Unfortunately, many
people are easy victims of this manipulation....
The “imagined community” of the Islamic State is far weaker than it may
seem, argues Sageman. What gives it strength, paradoxically, is fear and hatred
from the West. The Islamic State is a threat to our security, to be sure, but
so is the response from Trump and his fellow Muslim-bashers.....
Media reports of “Islamisation”, soft challenges to Malay dominance,
ethnic mob violence and other ethnic issues have become commonplace in
Malaysian public life. The renewal of the Malay-Muslim identity of Umno has,
unfortunately, come at the expense of further alienating the non-Muslim
population from the government....
Inside the Christian community, a small number of radicals politicize
issues to make their voices heard. These people have become radicalized since
the 2007 hostage crisis in Afghanistan, which killed two Korean church
volunteers and put the lives of 21 others at risk and ultimately tainted the
reputation of the nation's Protestant churches. Park Gwang-seo, president of
the Korea Institute for Religious Freedom in Seoul, said that the radical
Protestants have created and spread Islamophobia to influence policies.....