Islamophobia has become increasingly prevalent within Western society, often indirectly by negative media attention. However, although it may seem justified, it is blatantly incorrect and has severe consequences upon the Muslim community.

Islamophobic is defined as the ‘dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force’. This prejudice has grown from Orientalism, leading people in the West assuming that the actions of extremists and terrorists represent all Muslims. This is utterly incorrect but has been created by media organisations, cementing the perspective into the minds of people. For the rates of Islamophobia to decrease, this perspective must become part of the past.

Terrorism has no religion.

The hateful rhetoric toward Muslims, often carried by the media and politics, gives people permission to be discriminatory toward them, whether overtly or more subtly. These negative messages often result in many Muslims remaining in a constant state of vigilance. Moreover, a report by the University of Iowa in America found that anti-Muslim discrimination also undermines US employers. The study of more than 125 Muslim women discovered that workplace discrimination and religiosity were related to lower levels of job satisfaction. This discrimination also affected company productivity which can be detrimental to the effectiveness and efficiency of businesses.

Incidents of Islamophobia are also present within Australia with an increase in anti-Muslim incidents collected by the Islamophobia Register. The harm of these attacks goes past any physical impact. The attacks lead to the belief that an individual is not wanted in that country, not safe and not protected. That sense of insecurity extends to families, communities and cause further physical and mental impacts.

Dealing with Islamophobia requires a cultural change within society. The ill-founded notion that Muslims are lesser and are connected to terrorism must be destroyed. This will allow for services to reach out to Muslims effectively and provide support.

In America, Mental Health 4 Muslims was founded in 2008 which offers a director of Muslim mental health practitioners around the country, as well as articles, podcasts, webinars and other resources for people seeking help.

The media also has a significant role to play. They must change the way they depict Muslims to help prevent hate crimes. A report by the University of Michigan found that exposure to news in which Muslims are portrayed as terrorists were associated with support for military action in Muslim countries as well as support for unconstitutional policy proposals, such as not allowing Muslim Americans to vote or to own guns. This constant barrage of Muslims portrayed negatively only assists with the stereotypes and creates fear within Western communities. This fear is what has started the cycle of religious motivated terrorist attacks over the past few years.

Hatred against Muslims does not begin with the sound of gunfire breaking through the peaceful calm of a place of prayer which occurred in Christchurch, 2019. It starts with simple prejudice in our schools, workplaces and communities. We must all work towards decreasing anti-Muslim sentiments and spreading the truth about Muslims, which the media fail to acknowledge.

As I stated earlier, terrorism has no religion. That is the sentiment we should all be carrying as we look towards reducing Islamophobia within our communities.

4 thoughts on “The Danger of Islamophobia

  1. I can’t imagine why you “liked” my post:

    https://ecawblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/islamophobia-christophobia-and-kafirphobia/

    Our views on Islamophobia are diametrically opposed. You think it a real thing whereas I regard it as only a propaganda term. Of supposedly 4,200 religions in the world only one has a phobia attached to it. Have you wondered why?

    I’m sorry to say your opinions on the subject look exactly like those that you will have heard from your teachers, the mainstream media and all “right thinking people” throughout your eighteen years. I am going to suggest that you do something radical, something that almost no one does (those who do run the risk of becoming confirmed Islamophobes like me). I suggest that you go to the Islamic sources rather than to other people’s opinions.

    Just, as an example, to take the popular claim that “terrorism has no religion”, here is a well known verse from the Koran:

    [8.12] When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.

    And here is a famous hadith:

    [Bukhari 4:52:220] Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.”

    I suggest that you then read this (or at least the third part of it), the earliest biography of Mohammed written by one of his admirers:

    https://archive.org/stream/TheLifeOfMohammedGuillaume/The_Life_Of_Mohammed_Guillaume#mode/1up

    Best wishes in life.

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    1. I did like your post due to the opposing perspective that you presented, however; I utterly disagree.

      Islamophobia is real. There is no dispute to this statement. If the constant attacks against Muslims witihn society still don’t convince you of this point, the Christchurch massacre is the clearest example of Islamophobia. Why do you double down on this point that Islamophobia is not real?

      Your perspective has a detrimental impact on the Muslim community and contributes directly to what I wrote about. Just because you take out two verses of the Koran doesn’t mean anything. Anyone can take two verses out of any religious text and can form a meaning completely out of context and incorrect. Terrorism has no religion. The Christchurch massacre was a terrorist attack. There was no religion assocaited with it. It was a blatantly evil attack that has no justifiable reason because it undermines that nature of humanity. It is caused by significant intellectual and psychological damage over an extended period of time.

      If we continue with the narrative that Muslims and terrorism is intrinsically connected, we fall into the trap of creating fear within society towards all Muslim people. We then become fearful of Muslims. We discriminate against Muslims. We undermine that foundations of society.

      Terrorisms breeds and spreads on fear. If we make the ill-founded connection between Muslims and terrorism. we create fear, and continue the cycle of terrorism.

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