Refuting Islamophobia: Demystifying ‘the Other’ by Harris Zafar

Published on Nov 17, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Our global and national history has shown a dangerous human tendency to isolate and push away others we see as mysterious. This mystery and ignorance of “the other” has prompted humans to tragic intolerance. Harris Zafar discusses this history and how we can Demystify the Other in order to protect ourselves from repeating these mistakes.

A staunch advocate for universal human rights, he is the author of best selling book “Demystifying Islam”. He also teaches in two colleges and frequently appears on cable news networks.

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  1. Assalaamu ‘Alaykum

    Humanity – Human Dignity – Justice

    ” O mankind! Reverence your Guardian Lord, Who created you from a single soul, created, of like nature, the mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women – reverence GOD, through WHOM ye demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for GOD ever watches over you.” The Glorious Qur’an – Nisaa (4):1

    “WE have honoured the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, out of creation.” THe Glorious Qur’an – Bani Isra’il:70

    ” 0 ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to GOD, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for GOD can best protect both. Follow not the (lusts of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice , verily GOD is well acquainted with all that ye do.” The glorious Qur’an – Nisaa (4):135

    Wassalaam,
    Umar Solim – England

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