Muslims and Islamophobia
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.....
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....
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?...
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
have perpetrated genocide; have committed destruction. There are far too many,
including Norway terrorist, Anders Breivik; Jared Loughner, who wounded
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed others; uncounted hooded Klansmen;
Jim Jones; Oklahoma Federal Building bomber, Timothy McVeigh. Benjamin Smith, a
white supremacist, targeting "mud races," killed a black father,
Ricky Byrdsong, and a Korean student, Won Joon Yoon, in 1999. Frank Roque
murdered an innocent Sikh man, Balbir Singh Sodhi, on Sept. 15, 2001, because
Roque was out to "kill the rag-heads". Mark Stroman murdered two
innocent men, a Muslim, Waqar Hassan, and a Hindu, Vasudev Patel, and blinded
Rais Bhuiyan, after 9/11. Stroman claimed he was a patriot, doing what others
wished to do, if they had his "nerve". In 2012, Wade Page committed
mass murder of Sikhs in their house of worship in Wisconsin. Craig Hicks
murdered three exceptional Muslim young adults, in cold blood, in Chapel Hill,
NC, in 2015. .....
Insulting the Prophet
By Ali Raihan, New Age Islam
Muslims must understand that the prophet cannot be insulted by some loony member of some loony fringe. But if they remain silent on atrocities and injustices committed within their community, then definitely they are in grave danger of insulting their prophet every day.
'I was accused in the tabloids of being a 'recruiting agent for Al Qaeda' for sharing a facebook post about Shaker Aamer a few years ago. Now he's a hero in the Daily Mail. Wear these headlines as a badge of honor. You are in great company.'
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
This wave of disguised Islamophobia is indeed very ominous especially as it comes from an educational institution. Wheaton College officials should take some lessons in Islam before falsely maligning one of their own tenured professors who had the courage to speak the truth as she saw it.