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Rising Islamophobia concerns US Muslim organizations

05 28 15



By M. Bilal Kenasari
BALTIMORE, MD – Since Daesh emerged ‘unfortunately we are seeing rising levels of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society,’ says one group.

Islamophobia was on rise particularly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but it’s frequency and notoriety has increased in the U.S. during the past decade, Muslim leaders here say.

Some even argue that there are those who have a very clear agenda to propagate stereotypes about Islam.

The burning of a mosque in Texas and fliers distributed on the streets of Boston demanding that Daesh surrender within 72 hours or Muslims in Europe and the U.S. will be killed are recent examples of anti-Muslims sentiments across the U.S.

But while there is an existing discourse in the U.S. that targets Muslims, particularly after the 9/11 attacks, it appears that the Daesh militant group has placed added pressure on Muslims.

Politicians and religious leaders in Muslim countries have condemned Daesh – which operates in Syria and Iraq – but more than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say Daesh offers a true representation of Muslims, according to a pair of new surveys conducted earlier this year by LifeWay – a research company.

The Washington-based Brooking Institution suggested in February that Americans’ hatred toward Islam has grown since the rise of Daesh, and 14 percent of Americans believe the group has the support of the majority Muslims around the world.

Ibrahim Hooper, the Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said that even after 9/11 there was a reserve of goodwill for American Muslims, so even though Muslims and mosques were attacked, a majority of the American people reacted in favor of Muslims and supported them.

But since Daesh has been on the scene “unfortunately we are seeing rising levels of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society”, Hooper said.

The prejudice toward Muslims can’t be attributed only to Daesh, he said. “There is also an organized industry promoting Islamophobia in America, founded by millions of dollars and promoted by networks like Fox News and Internet hate sites. So it is created artificially and that is why we get incidents like we saw in New York. Because the individual that planned the attack on the community in New York actually got the idea from the right wing media since it was portrayed as a training camp for terrorists, which is absolutely false in reality,” he said.

Hooper was referring 63-year-old Robert Doggart who was arrested in April for plotting a deadly attack against a mosque and school in a Muslim village in New York state using guns, explosives and a machete.

In recorded telephone conversations, the former congressional candidate from Tennessee – who admitted his plot in federal court – is heard relating his plan to travel with a small militia group to stage the strike. “We will burn down their buildings (and) if anyone attempts to, uh, harm us in any way, our stand gunner will take them down from 350 yards away. The standoff gunner would be me.”

A study by UCLA professor Travis Dixon found Muslims are greatly overrepresented as terrorists in U.S. media as compared to FBI reports.

The study sampled 146 episodes of news programs focused on breaking news carried by major broadcast and cable networks between 2008 and 2012 and found that among those described as domestic terrorists, 81 percent were identified as Muslim. But in FBI reports from those years, only 6 percent of domestic terror suspects were Muslim.

Naim Beig, the president of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) agreed with Hooper, the CAIR spokesman, that conditions are now ripe for Islamophobia. “There are some people who have a very clear agenda, which is to create and spread stereotypes about Islam. They use media, and the Internet to further their purpose, and unfortunately some of the national politicians also listen to what they are saying.”

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations President Oussama Jammal relates the rise of the Islamophobia with the increase of right wing individuals and groups in the U.S. and Europe.

Their appearance in the western world affects Muslims, Jammal said. It is a development that “is not helping to bring harmony and good relationship among different religious groups”, he said.

Stereotypes about Muslims and Islam is “based on misinformation and ignorance, and sometimes is created intentionally when allegations are made without willingness to listen to the other party”, he said.

The solution to rising Islomphoboia is the education of non-Muslims and introducing them to “true Islam” and the true profile of Muslims, as an alternative to mainstream media stereotypes, Muslim community leaders said.

“If people interact with Muslims in their daily life – with Muslim school teachers, bus drivers, store cashiers, and if they get to know these people in their daily life, prejudice would go down,” said Hooper, who added that CAIR encourages mosques to engage more actively in their communities in education campaigns.

Last weekend, nearly 30,000 attendees, including non-Muslims, gathered for ICNA’s annual convention in Baltimore. The conference was designed to highlight Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

“We must tell Americans why we love the prophet so much and that he was good to his family, his children and his wives. This is how Americans will get a different picture of the prophet,” Beig said.

Article Courtesy: Turkish Weekly


  • zak

    When are the muslims going to start waking up, the kuffar are not attacking us because of “daesh”(propaganda label, slur against the Khilafa), It is because we are Muslim, the kuffar would also attack the nabee (pbuh) even though he never harmed the kuffar had the best behavior and preached peacefully (until Allah gave us Muslims permission to fight back)…….
    Allah tells us clearly in the Qur’an that the kuffar will never be pleased with you and they will never stop plotting and fighting us until we leave are religion

    Muslims also need to stop being so guliable, naive and believing all the psychological and propaganda war fare against the mujahdeen and muslims of Khilafa

    Allah tells us in the quran to always verify information comming from a fasiq let alone a kafir , one time some suhaba caught a man fornicating with a woman in a tent, when they took the case to court they asked each witness if they saw the pen touch the ink 3 out of the 4 said yes but the 4th said no he was to shy so he looked away, the shari judge dismissed the case and said if any of them keep on accusing the brother they will be lashed………in islam we judge by the apparent, that’s the rule on verifying news and information

    Why is it when they Islamic state soldiers execute a covert spy posing as a journalist or aid worker and muslims blindly believe the kuffar bias western media and take their word for it who slander muslims on a daily basis and portray muslims as evil violent terroist, when will you all learn anytime a Israeli, Palestinian conflict happens and the jews carpet bombs kills thousands of civilians and when a Muslim shoots back a mistle barley killing anyone they portray tbe muslims as the aggressor terrorist while the jews are helpless victims

    The kuffar Think tanks and terrorism experts come out on the open stating that one of the strategies to combating so called “islamic terrorism” is by exaggerating, making up story’s and lies to demonize and discredit the mujahdeen from public support and sympathy in the Muslim world

    Remember during the Soviet war they would say that the Taliban were freedom fighters but today they now hate freedom, cookies, woman education, ice cream, sugar, spice & everything nice

    Or when the kuffar westren media dumped propaganda support for war that Iraq had stockpiles of Nukes, Uranium, & Yellow Cake

    Heck for close to 15 years they have been telling us that they they are winning the so called war on “terror” when the reality is the mujahdeen have gotten stronger, powerful gainned more territory and sympathy accross the Muslim world carving out a state out of two countries with a functioning state and army while the kuffar are bankrupt, trillions in debt retreating from the muslim world with their tails between their blown & amputee legs now debating if they should get back into the battlefield

    In the art of warfare one of the strategies is deception its a old militaries tactic that’s been taught for a ages and every militaries college the world, when the kuffar American goes to war against islam and muslims their not gonna say they at war with islam their gonna say they are at war with the propaganda labels “terrorist” “extremist” “radicals” if they say they are at war with muslims or islam they would have to be at war with the billions of us instead they can fight and just divide and conquer and fight the militants when they are done with them they will come after you all next just how Allah and nabee prophesied

    I urge my fellow muslims to have opened minds and here both sides of the story quit believing all the kuffar lies and propaganda and stop listening to the government puppet scholars

    This is not a war on barbarity, terrorism, or violence uffar it was the westren powers wouldn’t be propping up colonial puppets like Saudi Arabia who chop hands, behead people and ho as far as banning woman from driving cars or America who is the poster child torture and waterboarding around the world they have killed more innocent civilians pre and post 9/11 than any so called terroisim organization out their…….

    Muslim uma dont be fooled this is not a war on terror but a war on islam it is not a coenstance that they have went to war than more than one muslim country Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, syria, pakistan ext ext you all dont have to believe me take Allah word for it

    I urge all of you to hear what islamic state has to say watch their charity videos helping the poor and needy you dont even have to support them just be neutral dont slander the mujahdeen and become a propaganda mouthpiece of the kuffar and let it be held against you on the day of judgment

    Anytime a muslim that fights back to defend him self practice sharia or the Khalif comes back the kuffar are not gonna role the red carpet for them and hand them flowers and candies they are gonna demonize and attach him just like how they did with the nabee and suhaba and any muslim through out time

  • Raul

    Please indulge my ignorance. Which of the following is false sharia law.According to the Sharia law:

    • Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand (above).
    • Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
    • Criticizing or denying Muhammad is a prophet is punishable by death.
    • Criticizing or denying Allah, the moon god of Islam is punishable by death.
    • A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
    • A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
    • A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
    • A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
    • Girls’ clitoris should be cut (per Muhammad’s words in Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).
    • A woman can have 1 husband, but a man can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
    • A man can unilaterally divorce his wife but a woman needs her husband’s consent to divorce.
    • A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
    • Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
    • A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
    • A woman’s testimony in court, allowed only in property cases, carries half the weight of a man’s.
    • A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
    • A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
    • A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
    • Meat to be eaten must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah – i.e., be Halal.
    • Muslims should

  • Yale

    Everything you’ve said has been nullified the second you said “Allah the moon God”. You clearly show that you have no knowledge about Islam. Get off this site you ignorant bigot. You hate people for what others do.