Islamophobia is a form of racism – like antisemitism it’s time it got its own definition

UK parliament -- house-of-commons-mps-debatejpg

UK House of Commons.  The Muslim Times has the best collection to refute Islamophobia and racism

It has become so normalised in our society yet we struggle to define it. Our report will provide something we can all get behind

By Anna Soubry and Wes Streeting

Source: The Independent Voices

In recent years, British Muslim communities across the UK have experienced an increase in Islamophobia. To eradicate the deep-rooted nature of Islamophobia from our society, each of us has a responsibility to tackle prejudice wherever it occurs.

But the absence of a clear understanding of Islamophobia has allowed it to become normalised within our society and even socially acceptable, able to pass what Baroness Warsi described as the “dinner table test”. The consequences have been horrific.

The killing of grandfather Makram Ali outside a Finsbury Park mosque in 2017, the murder of another elderly Muslim male, Mushin Ahmed in Rotherham in 2015 and the brutal stabbing of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in 2013, serve as grave reminders of the perils of what can happen when Islamophobia goes unchecked.

The attacks on hijab wearing women in the street, the bombs threats made to places of worship, through to the coining of “Punish a Muslim Day”, has left vulnerable Britons feeling unsafe to go about their daily lives.

Islamophobic hate crime is a growing problem. Recent statistics highlight how attacks on Muslims have seen the highest increase. Nevertheless hate crime is the just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the underlying causes which remain hidden from sight. While we can tackle the overt manifestations of Islamophobia in the form of hate crimes, we are less conscious and less clued up about tackling that which lies beneath the waterline.

Read further and watch a video report

Suggested Reading

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Europeans’ Attitude Towards the Muslims: The Glass is More than Half Full

Populism in Europe rooted in Islamophobia

Integrating Europe’s Muslims – Javier Solana

75% Reject Islamophobia in Australia

How Islam Taught Medieval Christian Europe Religious and Political Tolerance

Assimilating the 44 Million Muslims in Europe; A Collection of Articles

Building the Case for Loving Co-existence of All Religions in Europe

Insights to Tackle Islamophobia in Europe

Today is the Anniversary of Goethe – Was He a Muslim?

2 replies

  1. It appears to be a step in the right direction. The root cause of hatred is ignorance it can only be defeated by spreading the knowledge of true Islam

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.