The Fear Of Islamophobia

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Is there really a phenomenon about the fear of Islam called Islamophobia? Or is it just an illusion? Islamophobia is the fear of Islam and is an act of prejudice against Muslims. It’s been spreading in the past decades widely in the western countries due to the increased number of Muslims. According to Oxford English Dictionary, the first time the term was used was in 1923 in an article in The Journal of Theological Studies (Simpson, 1989). The causes of Islamophobia impact people who don’t have knowledge about Islam.

One of the major causes of Islamophobia is the abusive acts done by Muslims. Some Muslims alienate people from Islam by doing immoral, irrational, impractical, unjust and inhumane things in the name of Islam. For example,
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Nowadays, the media focuses on business rather than trustiness and credibility. As a matter of fact, media spreads false information about Muslims and practices propaganda. For example, media relates any terrorist event in Europe or USA to Muslims in order to ruin the reputation of Islam, and this automatically led to the diffusion of the phenomenon. Relating the suicide attacks that were held in London 2005, by 4 British Muslims that led to the murder of 52 citizens to Islam is a great example (CNN library, 2014, para.1). Media conveyed that Islam calls for suicide attacks. While in reality, Islam refuses the killing of any innocent person:”If anyone kills a human being-unless it be [in punishment] for murder or for spreading corruption on earth-it shall be as though he had killed all mankind; whereas, if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind”(Quran 5:32). Moreover, media channels represented Muslim scholars who spread irrational ideas in order to relate their ideas to Islam. In addition, focusing on the mistakes of Muslims was a major target for media in order to spread Islamophobia. For instance, using words such as “Islamic Terrorist Attacks” or “Islamic violence” are somehow unethical because a terrorist is a terrorist whether he or she is a Muslim or not (“Islamophobia”, 2001, …show more content…
A person who isn’t able to create his own thoughts and is controlled by what media conveys to him/her is like a flock of sheep that is ruled and driven by someone, so we should unite together in order to prevent spreading Islamophobia and kill the phenomenon. The immoral acts done by some religious Muslims together with the wrong image spread on the media about Islam are the major causes of Islamophobia. Educating people about Islam and focusing on showing the true image of Islam in the media are the most vital solutions to overcome the spread of Islamophobia. In conclusion, Islam is not the religion of terrorism, violence, rudeness, homicide and fear, on the contrary, Islam is the religion of peace, serenity, love, tolerance and sympathy. And as Pervez Musharraf, the previous president of Pakistan, said: “Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not

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