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Muslims and Islamophobia

I believe a national discussion regarding what constitutes a clear and present danger is vitally necessary. Again, pressing beyond those who would label such a discussion Islamophobic, it would be useful to know how many of America’s approximately 2.6 million Muslims are being encouraged to embrace Islamist radicalization. As the increasing Islamisation of Europe suggests, ignoring this possibility doesn’t make it go away. Rather it festers like an unaddressed cancer until every sixth Frenchman becomes a jihadist cheerleader – or potential collaborator……

 

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience……

 

One of the stated jihadist goals is the creation of a global caliphate governed by Sharia law. This is not limited to al-Qaida, but includes millions of Islamist fundamentalists primarily belonging to Wahhabi and Shiite sects. Members of any religion are capable of horrendous violence and evil, but can you recall a Jewish, Buddhist, or Roman Catholic suicide bomber who murdered hundreds of innocent people to honor their god....

Now in Iraq, as the ancient Sunni versus Shia civil war steps up a gear, the bien pensants of the western media claim the core of the conflict is “sectarian”. That’s just a weasely way of saying it’s the fault of religion in general to avoid laying any culpability on the religion of peace itself because all religions are the same, you see. Well, they are if you are a know-nothing modern intellectual. Sunni and Shia may be at each other’s throats because of their differences….

Thirteen years after Sept. 11, 2001, the term "Islamophobia" continues to be an inevitable topic when discussing contemporary culture and politics. Islamophobia can be defined as prejudice against, fear of, or hatred towards members of the Islamic community, Muslims or those ethnic groups that are identified or perceived as Muslim. In other words, xenophobia is motivated by unfounded fear, mistrust and hatred of Muslims and Islam….

 

On the one hand, conservative leaders such as current UK Prime Minister David Cameron, France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have repeatedly invoked the Christian roots of European countries, while, on the other, a much broader gamut of political forces, including liberals and leftists, have participated in decrying the headscarf as a symbol of backwardness and oppression. The voices nourishing anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe come from all sides of the political map. Muslims have thus become, at least in many ways, the new Jews….

Islamophobia and New Far-Right in Europe
Ali Yurttagül
Islamophobia and New Far-Right in Europe
Ali Yurttagül

Turkey holds a key position in a possible struggle against Islamophobia in Europe. It is also a country that may have the potential to serve as a significant column in the structure of European values. Unfortunately, currently, we lack policies and politicians who would use this potential……

 
Erdoğan Weakens Fight with Islamophobia
Abdullah Bozkurt
Erdoğan Weakens Fight with Islamophobia
Abdullah Bozkurt

The rabble-rouser speeches he has delivered on the campaign trail and defamation articles published by Erdoğan-controlled media stigmatize Jews, Christians and even Muslims who do not subscribe to Erdoğan's firebrand political Islamist ideology that has close affinity with its brethren in other countries, albeit marginal…..

 

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in -- the ultimate, lazy substitute for a non-existent counter-argument. Don't fall for it……

 

A well designed and colour co-ordinated Hijab, the scarf that frames the face of a woman, makes even an average woman look attractive. However for full face covering–… ignominy will cover their faces--refer to 10-27 of Quran.....

 

In consequence of all that, I suggest that Fiyaz Mughal pack up his bags and move to Pakistan, where he can fight real religious persecution and oppression instead of spending all his time trawling Facebook pages and websites looking for aggressive, though largely harmless, statements to screen-shoot……

“Honour killing” is a centuries-old practice affecting primarily Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh women. According to Human Rights Watch, it goes across cultures and religions, and its dynamics are comparable to those behind dowry deaths and crimes of passion. Now there is a gruesome twist: young men have been killed by their families after declaring their homosexuality. It is a complex issue, requiring a multifaceted approach…..

 

While the Nigerian Muslim community is appalled by the ceaseless attack on Muslims in Hijab by governments and employers, we are united in our resolve and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these courageous sisters and many like them that are engaged in the struggle to make the free choice to use the Hijab and to live in a society that respect their choice….

 
An Islamophobic view of Moderate Islam
Raymond Ibrahim
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…..

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 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….

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…

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
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."….

 

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….

 
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