"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.
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
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If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
I tried to tell the extremes in this country the truth but they refuse to listen as they preach genocide upon anyone who carries the Quran or wears the Hijab or prays in the direction of Mecca.
To be honest islamophobia is just the next thing. You guys fucked with blacks, asians, native americans, hindu indians, the list goes on and on, and now this age, the lies and exaggerations target the muslims.
And thats coming from a satanist.
Who supports treating all people well and equally.
And id against stereotyping of all religions, including muslims.
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.
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.
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.
Everytime a something deplorable in the name of Islam happens, the media stresses that this does not reflect the majority of Muslims.
don't forget how the media tends to hide the muslim children preparing to slaughter jews, because that's what muslims pray for every day....
Muslim children do not prepare to slaughter Jews. if that's what you believe, then your brain is really not functioning well.
what will you do if I flag your comment here as spam.
may Allah, the God almighty, guide you and correct your thinking
first, I'm not censoring people for disagreeing with me. I censor people for spreading lies against Islam in MY PAGE, for attacking me IN MY PAGE, for preaching their religion IN MY PAGE, for using foul language IN MY PAGE....
second, if I were really censoring people for disagreeing with me, who are you to give me the order to stop. if you dislike that, go to the admins of DeviantART and suggest they remove the "block" and "flag as spam" options.
"That's not how a democracy works."
DeviantArt accounts are not democratic states. they are monarchies. each monarch (Deviant) decides what to allow/forbid in their state (pages). so don't try to force your democracy in my page while you rule yours with tyranny.
"Now I don't hate Muslims. Far from it. If you want to worship something, that's your business, not mine."
then I fail to see why you come to bother me in my page. I didn't ask you to follow my way.
"However, we should be allowed to make statements on the effects of Islam on our western societies."
Did I prevent you from making such statements in your page? you are free to express yourself in your page like I'm doing in my page. why is it hard for people to interact in a civilized manner.
"These immigrants are finding it difficult to integrate themselves peacefully within our cultures."
that's their problem.
but not all Muslims in the west are immigrants. if you think so, then you are discriminating against Western Native Muslims.
"Diversity is okay, but why is Sweden the rape capital of the world with 77 percent of those rapes being caused by a minority of Muslim men?"
you probably need to ask some experts in Sweden society. I have never been there and I know nothing about your problems so I can't answer such question. and believe me, the Qur'an never mentions Sweden.
"Why is it that Muslims kill people after drawing Muhammad?"
by "Muslims" do you imply that all the 1.3 billion Muslims of the world are responsible for the killing? nobody asked my approval for this crime. so why are you holding me responsible for it?
yeah. there may be some criminals who happen to be Muslims. but I have nothing to do with them. I don't approve their actions so don't ask me to justify them.
"If you're really this peaceful, I have yet to see it."
I am peaceful. my religion teaches me that I'm only responsible for my own words and my own actions. and I believe that Justice says the same.
I never raped or killed anybody. if you hold me responsible for the rape and murder crimes committed by others, then I have nothing to say to you except that you need to see a psychologist.
I don't see the need to censor this comment of yours.
if you disrespect me, my religion, my prophets or my God or anybody else, or if you attempt to attack my religion or spread lies against it in my page, then I will be obliged to censor your disrespect.
if you disrespect me, my religion, my prophets or my God or anybody else, or if you attempt to attack my religion or spread lies against it in my page, then I will be obliged to censor your disrespect."
Yes. you know, the copy-paste mentality which only copies from Islamophobic websites and attempts to paste on Nayzak's page.
I don't have such obligation. as I stated earlier, you have right to express your say in any situation IN YOUR PAGE. in my page, I have all the right to refuse what I consider unacceptable. and please, don't think it's personal. even those who say nasty words here and I reluctantly block them, I always empty my block list after a few months to give these people a second chance. I never hold grudge even against those who insult me.
I believe I already answered you when I said:
"I censor people for spreading lies against Islam in MY PAGE, for attacking me IN MY PAGE, for preaching their religion IN MY PAGE, for using foul language IN MY PAGE...."
I disagree with you when you say "a very large chunk of them" are violent because it's untrue. it's like saying "a very large chunk of Americans are racist or look down on others" (which I know is not true)
but you are free to believe what you want. still, if you come to the un-violent members to complain about the violent ones, you are still not fair.
Muslims are NOT one ethnic group. I never tried to paint them as such. you are misinformed if you believe they are one ethnic group.
attacking my religion = speaking falsehood about my religion, deliberately trying to misrepresent it.
blaming Islam for the un-Islamic behaviors of some Muslims is also considered Attacking my religion with falsehood.
Don't get me wrong, if you want to attack Islam, even with falsehood and lies, you are free to do so IN YOUR PAGE. I will never attempt to take your rights of expression. but in my page, I make the law. there are forums and websites where people can write whatever they want however they want. but my page here is not one of them.
I don't like it when people try to arrogantly push their ways on me.
when I tell you I don't have an obligation to allow everybody to write whatever they want in my page and you reply that I have an obligation to do what you like, you are just asking me to shut you up.
and you coming to my page to call my religion vile is not something I'm interested to read. I never said you can express your opinions on Islam in my page. if you want to attack, I did say DO SO IN YOUR OWN PAGE!
may the God almighty guide you and correct your thinking.