Islamophobia

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Hamna Khan, Sandpaper Staff Writer

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Islamophobia is the dislike of, or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially at a political force.                                      

Over the last two centuries, different political actors around the world –including the United States, China, Russia, and the Zionist states have used Islamophobia to expand or consolidate their political power. Talking about how Islamophobia has affected all the Muslims, I would like to include the 9/11 occurrence which affected Muslims all over the world. The 9/11 incident was done by maybe a group of Muslims and after that, it created difficulties for Muslims all around the world.

People need to realize that not all Muslims are bad. And the religion Islam, that they follow, is not a bad religion. It is a religion of peace, a religion of brotherhood. It teaches you to care for your brothers and sisters. Islam can never harm anyone, it is a harmless religion.

All around the world, Muslims are considered to be terrorists. But why? Not all Muslims are terrorists. Terrorism has no religion. I have seen in movies and in television shows that the terrorist they portray are more than often Muslim. Why is that? Who said that Muslims are primarily terrorists? Is there any solid proof that only Muslims are terrorists? Muslims are targeted as terrorist everywhere in the world and they have to suffer because of that.

For instance in England, Muslims suffer a lot. Muslim women can’t wear scarfs. I have seen at many airports, where any women with a scarf, is asked to take it off to assure that she is not hiding anything under her scarf. Is that the way women should be treated? How is it that automatically it is considered that a Muslim wearing a scarf is harmful. Is that what humanity teaches us? Is that how humanity says to treat people according to their religion or clothing?

I myself as a Muslim, say that Muslims are good and caring people. Islam wants a peace of mind, to not feel attacked by the public.

Recently, a tragic accident happened in New Zealand, which shook the world, and the Muslim community. A man with a lot of guns went into a Mosque where Muslims were praying and started shooting at them killing about 100 or more innocent Muslims.

The strange part was that no one called the shooter a terrorist, but a mentally-ill person, why? Why is he not titled as a terrorist? Was it because he was not a Muslim? Are only Muslims terrorists? If that was a Muslim shooting the Mosque he would surely be called a terrorist.

Islamophobia should be stopped. The hate against Muslims and Islam should be discontinued. Muslims should not be considered only as terrorists.