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Muslims and Islamophobia

Why Hollywood Is To Blame for Islamophobia in America
Nouri Sardar

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 it.....

 

Canada’s Fake Posturing about Islamophobia
Mark Taliano

When the 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 in Syria....

 

Amid Islamophobia and Travel Bans, One Mosque Offers a Lesson In Caring
Petula Dvorak

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.”....

 

The Liberal Roots of Islamophobia
Hamid Dabashi

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 these criminals.....

Islamophobia is a Threat to Us all, Canada's Silent Majority Must Speak Up
Amira Elghawaby

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....

Rising Islamophobia: The So-Called ‘Spectre’ Of the Muslim Faith Worries the West Today
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....

Haters of Islam Have Been Emboldened By Rhetoric
Faisal Kutty

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?...

To Fight Hate, We Must Become Soldiers of Inclusion
Sheema Khan

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 diminishes completely....

 

If detractors 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....

As Muslims 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....

Yasmin Seweid and the Trouble with Crying 'Islamophobia'
Qanta Ahmed

While it’s 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 be Islamic...

Decades of 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....

 

Combating Islamophobia in the United States
Nikos Barbaressos

We 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

Is Trump Islamophobic?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

Muslims in 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...

 

Muslim Islamophobia
Khaled Ahmed

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 Pakistan…

 

He described 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….

 

Islamophobia and Why Muslim Women Are the Most Disadvantaged In the UK
Hasan Suroor

"The 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"....

 

Islamophobia: Why Are So Many People So Frightened?
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 Islamic State Feeds off Western Islamophobia
David Ignatius

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.....

 

Islamophobia Is a Symptom of the Disintegration of Human Values
Hussein Shobokshi

Islamophobia is a “symptom of the disintegration of human values”, according to former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg, values such as non-discrimination, tolerance, freedom of thought, justice, solidarity and equality....

 
India: No Country For Islamophobia
Abdul Shaban & Abusaleh Shariff

India: No Country For Islamophobia
Abusaleh Shariff

Is Islamophobia — “a fear of Islam” — emerging from contemporary politics or is it the manifestation of a sociological and cultural game plan? If the “fear of the unknown” or “unknown power” defines a phobia, then how can this fear be present in India, where Islam has been an integral part of society, politics and everyday life for at least a millennium?...

 

Confronting Islamophobia: Whatever the Pain, Muslims World Over Must Not Let the Burning Charcoal Slip Through Their Hands under Any Circumstances
Seema Sengupta

Extremism will win if a section of humanity continues to vilify Muslims and perpetuate prejudice and discrimination against them. As the United Nations voiced serious concern over the rising graph of hate crimes against Muslims all over the world and mooted the idea of combating Islamophobia through interfaith cooperation, the Muslim Ummah must take the lead in fostering intra-faith harmony simultaneously so as to preserve the glory and dignity of Islam in the eyes of non-believers....

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