By Harun Yahya
Islamophobia (that means “concern of Islam”), which remerged in Western societies largely after the 9/11 assaults, has begun escalating with the current acts of violence carried out by ISIL within the Center East within the second half of 2014.
German Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Particular Rapporteur on freedom of faith or perception, offered a report on “…the acts of violence dedicated within the title of faith all through the world” to the UN Council of Human Rights. On the press convention within the U.N.’s Geneva Workplace on March 10th, 2015, he warned “Islamophobia is displaying an rising tendency in Europe.”
Assaults Aimed At Muslims in European International locations Have Reached A Disturbing Dimension
This improve in Islamophobia runs parallel to the rise within the assaults and act of violence towards Muslims. For the reason that second half of final 12 months, Muslims have been subjected to severe assaults in seven completely different nations in Europe particularly Germany, Sweden and Austria. Surveys carried out in Austria and Germany present that the Muslims who dwell in these nations have been uncovered to verbal and bodily assaults and two out of three Muslims have been subjected to anti-Muslim prejudice not less than as soon as of their lives. In keeping with the survey, the ratio of Muslims who had been subjected to verbal and bodily assaults within the final 12 months was 72.3% in Austria and 63.8% in Germany.
Lately, assaults aimed toward mosques and locations of worship in Europe have change into nearly epidemic. A number of assaults and disturbances aimed toward 39 completely different mosques had been reported. Pig heads and inner organs had been left at mosque doorways, Muslim communities had been attacked with knifes and copies of the Holy Koran had been burned. Three mosques had been vandalized in Sweden in a single week.
Current public opinion polls in France point out there have been twice as many assaults towards Muslims in comparison with the earlier 12 months. In France, the place practically 5 million Muslims dwell, most of which Northern Africans, there was an increase within the variety of bodily assaults and harassment towards Islamic locations of worship and graveyards. Fairly lately, within the metropolis of Toulouse of France, it was reported that an assailant threw a Muslim lady to the bottom after pulling her scarf off and punching her.
We are able to simply see comparable assaults and harassment in lots of European nations.
In European nations, Islamophobia manifests itself as ruthless discrimination towards Muslims in addition to bodily assaults and harassment. On the British web site known as “Cease the Warfare Coalition”, whereas the rise of Islamophobia within the West is described intimately with statistics, analysis printed on the web site as, “Ten the explanation why we will not ignore Islamophobia and the warfare on terror“, addresses official and civil discrimination towards Muslims utilizing examples and knowledge.
“In England, discrimination towards Muslims worsens daily. Whereas the overall unemployment fee is 8% in England, the speed amongst Muslims is 17%. This fee is increased than the speed amongst these of various faiths… The unemployment fee is just 14 p.c for white individuals. Greater than 40 p.c of British Muslims of Pakistan or Bangladesh origin dwell in poverty. In England roughly 45% of South Asian Muslim youngsters are within the clutches of poverty.
… Discrimination towards Muslims is far larger in France than in England. Nearly 60 p.c of the inhabitants of prisons in France is Muslim. Regardless of claims of secularity, lots of of Catholic church buildings are financed by the French state. Lots of of Catholic colleges and lots of Jewish particular schools obtain authorities assist. Muslim organizations additionally made calls for for comparable rules however they had been refused…
In England, a couple of thousand Muslims had been taken into custody throughout the scope of anti-terror legal guidelines with out being charged with any crimes. Islamophobic precautions and statements are rising within the title of the “battle towards terrorism.”
The Position of the Media and Radical Proper Outbursts Within the Rise of Islamophobia Current Western media clichés reflecting the violent legal acts perpetrated by ISIS within the title of Islam as being half and parcel of the faith of Islam have contributed drastically to the rise of Islamophobia, a lot in order that even an bizarre Muslim minding his personal enterprise could possibly be thought-about a possible ISIS or al-Qaeda member in hiding.
Alternatively, the current rise of extreme-right populist events and governments in Europe which have given precedence to anti-Muslim statements of their political campaigns have additionally fanned the flames of Islamophobia.
Nevertheless, it’s pointless guilty the bizarre European citizen for such issues even supposing they’re uncovered to extreme anti-Islam options and thus really feel a great deal of apprehension towards Muslims. But there are far-right or fanatical organizations answerable for these provocative actions; not solely bodily assaults and vandalizing mosques but in addition indecent slanders and caricatures focusing on Muslims are a part of these incitements.
The statements of Geert Wilders, chief of the extreme-right populist social gathering, The Occasion for Freedom (PVV), that “the faith of Islam” is answerable for the Charlie Hebdo assault in Paris – the place 12 individuals misplaced their lives – and that “jihadists have waged warfare on us” are an instance to how the novel proper feeds these provocations.
The aim of those provocations is to pour Muslims into the streets, to encourage violence, and in the end to impress retaliation with an try to intertwine “Muslims and violence” and “Muslims and terror”. The last word purpose is, after all, to strain Muslims, to restrict their rights, to erase their presence from social and financial life and at last to power them emigrate, because of an surroundings formed by this extremely fueled idea of Islamophobia.
It’s clear that the harassment, assaults and discrimination at the moment aimed toward Muslims has nothing to do with conscience, justice, human rights, democracy and even fundamental rights and freedoms. This Western angle focusing on Muslims have to be rectified directly and the identical stage of sensitivity have to be utilized for Muslims in areas equivalent to democracy, equality, freedom of thought and human rights with none discrimination in any respect.
That being stated, additionally it is the accountability of Muslims to get rid of this notion of Islamophobia that has emerged as a prejudice in Western societies and to interchange it with the true notion of Islam. This may solely be realized if Muslims abandon the bigoted understanding of faith that has no relation to the teachings of the Koran and so they should set an instance for the societies they dwell in with the excessive ethical values of the Koran.
The author has authored greater than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, faith and science. He could also be adopted at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com