Islamophobia and Discrimination – Moazzam Begg

What is the current case of Islamophobia? What Islamophobia brings to our modern life?

Last year, a man walked in 2 mosques and shot everybody. A cold-blooded massacre. 

Some racist people are pleased after seeing some white people dying. Why? They are white, they should be counted as privileged for a racist. But why would they get happy? Because the ones who pass away are Muslims. That’s exactly what they hate.

There is an amazing hadith in the face of that. As Prophet (sas) said in the last sermon: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over a white -except by piety and good action.” 

On the other hand, even the people from far right support the people from far left just for the sake of concentration camps in China, where people are forced to drink alcohol, remove their hijab, not to give their zakah and so much more. This is the level of Islamophobia people have.

The UK is proud of its Shakespeare, literary works and sonnets. It is the land of literature, freedom of thought.. So they say. Only Muslims have been prosecuted for writing books and poems. For nonviolent acts, Muslims are treated as criminals. 

You do not even have to be suspected for a crime, they may convict you if you cannot answer their questions in an airport. They have a right to take your fingerprint, photos, everything. They can take anybody they think that can be an extremist. In the end, they may convict that person as a terrorist who had nothing to do with a crime.

In Britain or across Europe, the level of Islamophobia is outrageous. There are people who are powerful advisors to the government like Henry Jackson Society. And they say “conditions for Muslims must be made harder across the board in Europe.” This is being said by some of the most powerful advisors, that’s how Muslims are treated now. Hatred is higher than ever.

In 2002, an American soldier brought someone who was innocent. They tortured him to death. His murder was comitted by American soldiers. Everytime they kicked him he said “Allah Allah” and they continued to hear more. That day he died. “Taxi to the Dark Side” is the documentary about this event. It won the Oscar for ‘the best documentary’ . 

Nonetheless, not all soldiers were bad. Couple of them were nice men. They took shahadah and remained as Moazzam’s friends, alhamdulillah.

For a last note:

My enemy, my oppressor is not my teacher. 

My teacher is the Prophet (sav) and his companions. They were strong in the face of oppression. They didn’t back out or bow their heads.

“Do not harm and do not be harmed. 

Do not oppress and do not be oppressed.” 

Hold on to your faith. Don’t let the oppressors become our teachers. 

*Moazzam Begg has a book named Enemy Combatant

There is also a movie called The Confession. It is about his experience, living the War on Terror.

Cage.ngo is the website for further knowledge.