September 11th was the turning point to many Islam-haters all around. Ever since that tragedy many people became more open about spreading hatred against Islam and causing attacks against Muslims, or even worse, attacks against whoever is suspected to be a Muslim.
What happened to the media credibility? What happened to honesty when delivering the news? Media channels nowadays seem to be controlled by some political scheme/plan, making the ignorant part of the world believe whatever they want to believe.
One recent sad story I came across a few days ago is about a guy who killed six people and then himself at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee,Wisconsin, as a number of people were gathered there to practice their rituals. The killer had a tattoo on his arm that said 9/11. Although nothing is confirmed yet about the details of this shameful event, it has been suggested that since he has that tattoo that he mistakenly thought his victims to be Muslims.
This, if true, is a shameful incident which reflects the ignorance of people, and how narrow-minded people can be. It surprises me how people always call for Muslims to be open-minded yet these callers themselves are very narrow-minded. They find it very hard to accept a religion that is different from their beliefs or how they are used to living their lives, and that in particular is the worst type of narrow-minded, not to accept the different.
Is it this bad that Islamophobes got to a point where they just walk around and kill Muslims because they happen to be Muslims? This is definitely religious discrimination and a serious problem rising all over the world. Every attack now would bring up the word terrorist, and this word itself only brings to mind “Muslims”, because we got used to it being linked like that through media channels.
Muslims can’t have the freedom outside of their countries because apparently freedom of religion is not applicable to Islam, if only people gave a closer look to Islam they would have understood it better, but they’d rather judge, without even knowing that Islam is a religion that respects all other religions and it gave them their freedom throughout the history, I live in the United Arab Emirates which is a Muslim country that gave all other nationalities and religions the freedom to practice their own rituals, as long as they are not being disrespectful to Islam.
Prophet Mohammed, Peace be upon him, was known to be there in all events for non-Muslims, he celebrated their weddings with them, he stood by their side in times of grief and he made it very clear that we, Muslims, should respect other religions and make people feel safe in our land. Why don’t people seem to know about these kinds of stories? Muslims are just targeted now more than ever for racism and religious discrimination attacks, and it is hard for us to feel safe outside of Muslim countries because we know we are not protected or given the right and free will to be ourselves.
A quiet funny email I received the other day just goes to show that Islamophobes are turning into a very interesting movement! This email, if it reflects anything, absolutely reflects the ignorance of the haters and how they work so hard on spreading lies to increase their number. Well it was just pathetic and sad for me to read this email as it showed me how people would say unbelievable things in order to set grounds for their accusations and fears.
I would like to seize this chance to post this email here, I have to say it is quite a scenario the author has made, but he should have definitely made more of an effort to make it believable to those of us who are far from being ignorant.
Email as received:-
“WHAT’S AN INFIDEL ?
This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in
“The man who walks with God always gets to his destination.”
The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the
United States , especially in the minority races!!
Last month I attended my annual training session that’s required for
maintaining my state prison security clearance.
During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers
representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths,
who each explained their beliefs. I was particularly interested in
what the Islamic had to say.
The Muslim gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete
with a video. After the presentations, time was provided for questions
and answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Muslim
“Please, correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand that most Imams and
clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels
of the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all
Muslims) they are assured of a place in heaven.”
“If that’s the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?”
There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation,
he replied, “Non-believers!”
I responded, “So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of
Allah are taught that to kill anyone who is not of your faith will assure them
of a place in heaven. Is that correct?”
He replied, “Yes.”
I then stated, “Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine The Pope
commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith, or Dr..Stanley ordering
all Protestants to do the same in order to guarantee them a place in heaven!”
The Muslim was silent.
I continued, “I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your
brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me! Let me ask you a question:
Would you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you to
go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to
heaven and He wants you to be there with me?”
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam looked away without a comment.
Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the ‘Diversification’ training
seminar were not happy with my way of dealing with the Islamic Imam, and
exposing the truth about the Muslims’ beliefs.
In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the
I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the
ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends
it on! This is your chance to make a difference…”
So let me get this straight, apart from all the false accusations, (and if true they only represent a minority), how could an Imam who is supposed to be lecturing about Islam, when opened the chance for questions his answers seem to be a one-word which only confirms the authors’ accusations? I say the author has failed big time in making a realistic scenario.
And just for the sake of clarifying, I shall say again that Islam respects all religions and we are all asked to do so, and that’s exactly why a lot of people are converting to Islam; because they saw the real side of Muslims away from propaganda and all these false accusations.
I hope Islamophobia will be dealt with as a serious issue, just like when the term was created. Then the issue should be recognized and should be brought up in different awareness lectures, programs and all kinds of media to let people be more open-minded about accepting Muslims and making them at least feel safe and respected. Just like we respect non-Muslims in our own lands.
Published in BROAD Feminist and Social Justice Magazine / Chicago – August 2013, Pages 13-14
By ABEER ALLAN