ISLAMOPHOBIA Prejudice, hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims WHY?
In 1997, the Runnymede Trust were responsible for a Government document looking at Islamophobia within a growing Muslim population in Britain 1.Islam is seen as separate and 'other'. It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them 2.Islam is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist 3.Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism and engaged in a 'clash of civilisations' 4.As a result of this, there is hostility towards Muslims which is seen as acceptable They said that much press coverage of Islam and Muslims over the years has put across the views that…
Does the media portray a negative view of Muslims and Islam?
Searching the tabloids using the keyword ‘Islam’, it is very difficult to find positive articles about Muslims and Islam If we only see negative images in the media of a group, it gives society negative attitudes towards that group What effect may this have?
Is this the doing of ALL Muslims. Or an extreme minority?
Shabbir Ahmed - 47 years old Tariq Amanullah - 40 years old Michael Baksh - 36 years old Touri Hamzavi Bolourchi - 69 years old Abul K. Chowdhury - 30 years old Mohammad Salahuddin Chowdhury - 38 years old Jemal Legesse De Santis - 28 years old Simon Suleman Kassamali Dhanani - 63 years old Syed Abdul Fatha - 54 years old Mon Gjonbalaj - 65 years old Nezam A. Hafiz - 32 years old Mohammed Salman Hamdani - 23 years old Zuhtu Ibis - 25 years old Muhammadou Jawara - 30 years old Sarah Khan - 32 years old Taimour Firaz Khan - 29 years old Abdoulaye Kone - 37 years old Abdu Ali Malahi - 37 years old Nurul Hoque Miah - 35 years old Boyie Mohammed - 50 years old Ehtesham U. Raja - 28 years old Ameenia Rasool - 33 years old Mohammad Ali Sadeque - 62 years old Rahma Salie - 28 years old (7 months pregnant) Khalid M. Shahid - 25 years old Mohammed Shajahan - 41 years old Nasima Hameed Simjee - 38 years old Michael Theodoridis - 32 years old Abdoul Karim Traore - 41 years old Karamo Trerra - 40 years old Shakila Yasmin - 26 years old
Islamic teachings unambiguously forbid suicide "The Prophet said, '...whoever commits suicide with a piece of iron will be punished with the same piece of iron in the Hell Fire," and "A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so Allah said: My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him.“ Bukhari 2:445
Suicide bombing may be seen as acceptable by extremists but not by true Muslims. Suicide is NOT permitted by the Qu’ran and neither is murder.
Terrorism did not begin within 9/11 The world has been living with terrorists for hundreds of years. Even though actions may differ from country to country, all terrorist organisations aim to attack defenseless civilians, property or governments to spread their cause.
In August 2012, Wade Michael Page entered a Sikh temple in the US and opened fire, killing 6 people The world has been living with terrorists for hundreds of years. Even though actions may differ from country to country, all terrorist organisations aim to attack defenseless civilians, property or governments to spread their cause In 1993, an American launched a terrorist attack in Oklahoma. 168 people were savagely slaughtered, 19 of them children - 800 were injured In 2011, Anders Breivik bombed government buildings in Olso, Norway and then carried out a mass shooting on the island of Utoya killing 77 people In the 80s, 90s-early 2000’s the IRA planted several bombs in various London Locations including London Bridge Station, Harrods and Canary Wharf
Media headlines…. Do they give the real picture? What are the implications of these stories? How does it make you feel? What can we do about it?