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Muslims Portrayed by Nayzak Muslims Portrayed by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],

"The damage caused by the Crusades was the poisoning of the Western mind against the Muslim world through a deliberate misrepresentation of the teachings and ideals of Islam".
Mohammed Asad, The Road to Mecca.

Given the relatively low frequency of reporting on Muslims and Islam in general in the media, it is not surprising that the Western media displays a distorted image of Islam and Muslims. Television programs and the print mainstream media have perpetuated the stereotypes of Islam and Muslims for years. Media images of Islam are omnipresent and are part of Western culture of racism and imperial design. Islam has always been seen in the West as violent, barbaric, anti-democratic, anti-human, anti-rational, etc. The aim is to turn Muslims into an enemy people, to be regarded collectively with contempt and scorn.

Since the attacks on America (9/11), media speculation has pointed the finger at Muslims. A Muslim is portrayed as "terrorist", a "refugee" or "militant", but seldom a real human being. The term "Islamist" is used as a catchall term and many Muslims have been arbitrarily detained, simply because they are Muslims. It is the Islamist who provided social and health services the government neglected to provide. It is they who wanted democratic elections and honest government. Similarly, many of Islam's concepts have gone through process of reduction. For example, the concept of Jihad, the spiritual, intellectual and social components have been stripped away, and have been reduced to war by any means including 'terrorism'. Other connotations of Jihad, including personal struggle, intellectual endeavour and social construction have evaporated.

For Muslims, nothing could be further from the truth, Islam is peaceful religion, and peace is an essential precondition for 'submission' to the 'will of God'. Muslims like any other people, they believe in freedom, justice humanity and democratic principles. They really want to control their own affairs. They don't want to be pushed around, ordered, oppressed, etc. A critique of Islam, like a critique of any religion or ideology that has doctrines preventing people from exercising their moral sense, solidarity, and reason, is welcome.

After 9/11, racism against Muslims and Islam became a form of "free speech" in the West. Muslims and Islam were subjected to widespread abuse and bashing. Publishing houses competing to make money from this commercialised business of producing books made up of rubbish and fabricated images of Islam and Muslims. Countless obscure university scholars and intellectuals suddenly appeared on TV screens and treated as "experts" on Islam by the mainstream media. They project the manufactured and distorted images of Islam. This corporate picture of Islam is a depressing and misleading one.

In Australia, Muslims have been subjected to unprovoked racist attacks. Muslim women wearing traditional clothes were spat upon, physically assaulted and had their scarves ripped from their heads. Mosques were firebombed and Islamic schools and other community facilities vandalised or deluged with hate mail. Without any substantiated evidence, homes of Muslim students in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth were raided by Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, seizing properties and interrogating terrified Indonesian families...

Racism in Australia is not new phenomena, and it is not prompted by the 9/11 or the Bali bombing, as suggested. Racism is a diet feed continuously to the public by conservative political parties and mainstream media. Evidence of surveys carried out in Australia in the late 1980s found Muslims are the most discriminated and victimized Australians.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HR&EOC), the Australian Government agency, reports evidence about a rise in violence against Muslims and Arabs. A key finding of the report was that 90 per cent of female respondents reported experiencing racism abuse or violence. However, the Race Discrimination Act - which covers Jews and Sikhs - does not recognize Muslims as an "ethnic group" and protection of Muslims under Australian federal law is limited. "While the government has created a climate where many non-Muslim Australians live with a perception of fear of Muslims, it is Muslim and Arabic Australians who are living in a state of real fear, based on their frequent, sometimes daily, experience of physical and verbal abuse and discrimination" write Sarah Stephen in Green Left Weekly, the only honest newspaper in Australia.

In Australia, Muslim refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war torn countries are completely removed from humanity. They are detained in remote centres and stripped of their human rights and dignity. They are portrayed as "illegal" immigrants and "potential terrorists". The fact that, thousands of illegal immigrants are white Anglo-Saxon living and working illegally in Sydney and Melbourne, shows how tolerant Australia is? Illegal immigrant it seems, if you're not white.

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Thousand of Muslims (Iraqis and Afghanis) have been killed as a result of US wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, adding to the thousands of innocent Muslims killed or imprisoned since the "end" of these wars. The so-called "democracy" and "freedom" have been denied to the people of Iraq and the people of Afghanistan. The "war on terror" is a distraction, and it is nothing but an extension of globalisation fuelled by anti-Muslims racism to wage war and control vital resources located in the Muslim world.
With the destruction and occupation of Iraq by US forces, we are witnessing more dramatic misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims. Muslims who opposed to this imperial ideology are portrayed, as "terrorists", and Islam will continue to be reduced according to this Western ideology.


By Ghali Hassan

read the whole article in [link]


I hope this is beneficial


I also recommend the documentary: "Reel Bad Arabs - How Hollywood Vilifies A People" Featuring Dr. Jack Shaheen [link]



If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
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ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The real muslims are the 99.9%.
And thats coming from a satanist.
Who supports treating all people well and equally.
And id against stereotyping of all religions, including muslims.
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TheQueenOfEmber Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I really hate the fact that this is sadly true. I'm from America and I oppose of the media. I've met HUNDREDS of Muslims in my life and they were the nicest people I've ever met. Not every Muslim is a terrorist or a ISIS member, yeah the religion has a few bad eggs but don't all religions do? H
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Idlethe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
I can't stand when people call Islam an evil religion. So what Christianity is a peaceful religion with absolutely no blood on its hands???
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mertonna123 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
And the sad thing is, every thing that the Quran says about Jeaus is true! And I have proof! It turns out the old and true Bible said everything that the Quran said about Jeaus and his history. The thing is, the Christians changed up the Bible making it the Jeaus died! But yeah, I agree with you all the way!
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Syndicaidramon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Problem is though, these types are not mutually exclusive.
The kind father can quite often also be the barbaric fanatic. The tender muslim mother can become the lunatic bomber. The scholar can be the ill mannered one.
There are multiple sides to everyone. It's what makes us human. And also why I find this image to be disingenuous.
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SpanielonSpeed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
When I was at college there were three Muslims in my year, two men and a woman 

I think they were the nicest people I've ever met

But the truth is every culture has bad eggs and that is something we shall always have.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I'm afraid I have to flag your comment as a spam.

the reason is that you broke several of my rules mentioned here nayzak.deviantart.com/journal/…

First, expressing your hate to Islam goes to YOUR OWN PAGE. my page isn't an open space for Islam-haters to throw their trash. or do you write such hateful comments in every Muslim page you encounter?

Second randomly quoting Qur'anic verses you don't even understand isn't the right way to prove your point. I bet you never read the Qur'an. you're just another copy-paste guy who reads from some Islamophobic websites without even taking the time to check the sources. my evidence for this claim is you quoting 2:191 not knowing that this verse doesn't come alone. the previous and following verses are all together and quoting from 2:190 to 2:192 would refute your allegation. but of course, how could you have known and you didn't read the Qur'an?
Anyway, I made a more elaborate refutation for most of the verses you're quoting here www.deviantart.com/art/Islamop…
I hope it'll enlighten you.

you wrote "I am sure you have the Quran too, so I'd encourage you to check it out for yourself if I'm lying or not."
Well, I did check the Qur'an and found out that you're a liar.
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N-Muhammad Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
masha'Allah U R awesome bro
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OrangeLetters88 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I am really glad you are spending time trying to help people realize how it really is.
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