(Non-Muslims can also read. I have no secrets to hide
Alright, we are in an Art community here where people express themselves through Art.
well, that's great.
we have people of different faiths and religions here in a great community.
From time to time, there are some people who, through ignorance or hate, produce something to insult Islam or represent Islam in an offensive manner that has no truth. some people try to make a bad representation of the last prophet of Islam -peace and blessings be upon him- hoping it would offend Muslims. these people believe that this is their right of free expression. well, not all people would agree about it, but this is not the issue I want to talk about.
Now it's a fact there is a bunch of people trying to spread a corrupted image of Islam. these people All have crappy art style. if I had a chimp, I am pretty sure he would draw better. but this is also not the issue.
Now these people believe that Islam is against freedom and by doing what they do, they are gonna offend some Muslims. and these Muslims are gonna attack back and maybe threaten these guys. and with this, they will look victims of freedom of expression. and this makes them want to fight for a "just" cause (in their belief) and continue their hateful stuff (I don't want to call it Art, because it doesn't look like one).
I noticed 2 things:
1- some Muslims fall in this trap. they go there and engage in fruitless conversations. some Muslims, may Allah forgive them, lose their temper and give a bad image of Islam by using foul language and disrespectful comments. this is not how you show to people about the true Islam and this is not the wisest way to deal with these people. the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- once said :"Whoever believes in Allah[God] and the day of judgment, let him say something nice or keep quiet". so if you can't defend and explain Islam in a polite and nice way, your silence will help Islam better than your bad words.
2- some Muslims come to me and tell me "you have to do something about these guys."
Now I really wonder what these Muslims expect from me. to ban these guys from DeviantArt? go and convince them that they are wrong? there are many many things I could imagine doing. but what I'd like to tell these Muslims is this: "Why don't you do that yourself?" I mean, look. presenting the true Islam is the duty of every single Muslim. Da'wah, or informing non-Muslims about Islam is the duty of every single Muslim who happens to have contact with non-Muslims. but I believe many Muslims don't know what to do. or how to deal with these people:
what I'm going to do is suggest some solutions on how to deal with these Islamophobes here in DeviantART.
The best way to deal with Islamophobia in DeviantART:
Be calm and ignore the trash these people are spreading. don't comment on it, don't talk about it. you may consider explaining things to these people, put in mind to be polite and civilized. don't insult them even if they insult you, Islam or the prophet. be always nice. if you feel the talking doesn't work, just LEAVE IN PEACE and pray to God to guide these people. usually peaceful talking doesn't work. because these people are brainwashed. they are not ready to listen and correct their misinformation. if you talk to them and show them you are offended, they will be happy and do more trash. so the best way is to ignore them.
Counter their attack on Islam by producing something to show the true Islam. this depends on your skills. if you can draw, make a drawing to explain the point from Islamic perspective. if you can write, write a small paragraph to exlpain an Islamic related subject. if you can't write, search the net and find something in a credible Islamic website and share it here. some Muslims here may say "but my English is weak". well, I don't believe you, because if you are reading this journal of mine and understood what I am talking about, you must know enough English to do something.
if every single Muslim artist did one single small something for every single hateful stuff against Islam here, then more beautiful Islamic artworks will flood the internet. and more people will be able to understand Islam through beautiful Art. just think about it...
(Sorry, I am not gonna sugarcoat here) if you can't ignore these people and you claim that you have no skills whatsoever. if you claim you can't do anything to counter their attacks but you also can't do anything to improve yourself to be able to do your duty, then just look for a corner and cry there alone until you decide to change yourself. because there is no other advice I can give you...
I hope this was beneficial for you