Contemporary Factors fueling Islamophobia and Solution

Contemporary factors enabling Islamophobia are internalization, xenophobia, ignorance of Islam, and Islamophobia network. Unfortunately, only short numbers of Americans know about Islam and Muslims


Muslim World is facing the challenge of Islamophobia and Islamic philosophy is being misinterpreted by anti-Islamic Populist movements and pessimists of The West. In light of growing Islamophobia and anti-Islam bigotry we need to present the real picture of Islam before the world and focus on the academic strategic approach for countering islamophobia. According to Oxford Dictionary Islamophobia is defined as “Dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.” In 1997, the Runnymede Commission defines Islamophobia as: “An outlook or World-view involving an unfounded dread and dislike of Muslims, which results in practices of exclusion and discrimination. “Western Social Scientists believe that Globalized Islam refers to how the relationship of Muslims to Islam is reshaped by Globalization, Westernization, and the impact of living as a minority. This is very much true that the conceptual framework of Islamic Organizations was unable to provide an effective blueprint for an Ideal Welfare Islamic State. I conclude that Islamic Movements were running out of the stream as a revolutionary force and had reached a crossroads: they could either opt for political normalization within the framework of a modern nation-state like Turkey. According to some prominent social scientists of the west, following common frames Islamophobia portrays Islam and Muslims: Monolithic and static, Inferior to the West, Barbaric, and irrational, primitive and sexist Violent and aggressive, supportive of terrorism, A political ideology Certain factors have enabled Islamophobia, historic factors like orientalism, and racialization. Contemporary factors enabling Islamophobia are internalization, xenophobia, ignorance of Islam, and Islamophobia network. Unfortunately, only short numbers of Americans know about Islam and Muslims. Only 38 % of US citizens know about Muslim’s identity and their ideology and ethical norms. 62 % of Americans have never conversed with a Muslim.57 % say they know little and 26 % say they know nothing about Islam. The major cause of these numbers is a lack of information about Islam because of fear and misconception in the minds of other religious communities. We need to address all these factors through an academic and intellectual approach to communication about Islam. Our Scholars and preachers need to focus on different tools of interaction with other communities and need to establish an approach of diversity in their attitude. I strongly believe that the Muslim World can change the mindset of the West through mutual dialogue, people-to-people contact, and the development of a strong human relationship based on mutual respect, love, and harmony. Islam is very clear about its objectives like the sanctity of life, wealth, progeny, and humanity. Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Said “The best among people is who the source of benefits is for the people.” This saying indicates that a true believer is not is the source of benefits for only Muslims but everyone. If we want to establish peace at the global level we will have to initiate necessary steps to eradicate misconceptions among different communities of the world through dialogue and mediation.

Islamophobia is provided with ease worldwide with which wars, occupation, and dictatorship are imposed on the lands where Muslims are living in the majority, together with the personal and social discrimination against the Muslim minority states. However, it is not a right choice for Muslim leaders who are fighting only against Islamophobia, considering it a stand-alone problem – avoiding its backgrounds -­ a growing wave of bigotry and biases against every different religion – and denying the consequences – that rebellion doing fear-causing and terrible things to show off attacking Islamophobia. It seems so arrogant to visualize Islamophobia as the main priority or only discrimination in the list of worldwide bigotries. Factually, Islamophobia is among other pathologies, which should be combated altogether. Finally, as it can be seen, the purpose of this research is to highlight the fact that, without legitimate and healthy national organization and scope, having no comprehensive schemes to curtail Islamophobia, numerous sovereign mosques should play the bold and definitive role to implement the actions responsible for constructing walls against this Islamophobic culture. Preparing the real-world strategies on all the aforementioned problems, inclusive of training and adjunction of religious leaders, imams, authorities, and all related concerned persons involved in managing the worship inside the mosques, is very compulsory and important. This is how the bulk for mobilization, action, and reflection can be built progressively while attaining the benefits from the opportunities and competencies allowed by the local fields. The nature and gauge of Islamophobia and the way it is connected to the bigotries against the rest of the minorities who are diverse, suggests that undoubtedly the tests faced by the “Etherized” minorities of the world are seemingly obstinate and exceptional. There exist no ready plans to confront bigotry, though there are numerous examples from which lessons can be taken, including the anti-xenophobic tussle in South Africa purposed for national liberty by the major populations, and civil rights war that occurred in the US intended to win socio-economic and political privileges for minorities. Both struggles were focused on citizenship, however. Recognition of citizenship as the heart of every war against Xenophobia or Islamophobia, together with all other bigotry forms; could prove to be the adhesive holding all the communities that are affected by every manifestation of prejudice. However, it would be crucial enough to do so because bigotry has now dwelled its roots enough to be considered respectable by occupying the conventional discourse and can become legitimate. The development of strategic or planned leadership is in the arena of battle now for equal and inclusive citizenship with pride. Every citizen, even the one who is not suffering biasness directly, can have the capability to remove bigot from supremacy or can obstruct their authority or reverse their influence, for so many reasons, besides their commitment to fail prejudice. The prevalence of all the bigotries, including Islamophobia, makes them highly assertive and invincible. However, this pervasiveness could just be the trick convincing the victims of their miseries not to be unique and of the view that they better unite in a planned battle to combat the entire bigotry system.

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