In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Who are the real bad guys?

by Jodie Stephens
Source: The Examiner

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I am a Muslim please don't hate me

By: Jodie Stephens

Source: The Examiner

If you believe the bigots, Muslims are Australia’s privileged minority.

They are slowly taking over the country through halal food and Islamic prayer.

The effects of September 11, the Bali bombings, and attacks that followed, continue to ripple through Australian society. Now, with each terrorist attack, you can expect prejudiced, inflammatory diatribes from the usual suspects. Alan Jones, for example, shocked no one following April’s Boston bombings when he used it as reason to ban foreign students coming to Australia.

But in the wake of the Woolwich attack last month, in which a British soldier was killed on a London street by two Islamic extremists, it has been more disturbing to see the Muslim slander hasn’t been confined to shock jocks. It has bled into my social circle. Social media posts from good friends, who have always been open- minded and compassionate, have taken an anti-Muslim slant. Medical professionals, teachers and social workers, who abhor racism and homophobia, somehow think portraying Muslims as terrorists is OK.

Equally concerning is the lack of reaction to these posts – barely a digital shrug. This stands in stark contrast to any discriminatory comments posted following the abuse of Adam Goodes at a football game last weekend, when any racist commenters were quickly questioned, criticised and pulled into line.

The existence of halal food does not equal a privileged minority. According to a Newcastle University study published in 2011, the unemployment rate of Muslim Australians between 19 and 24 years old is 18 per cent, compared to 9 per cent of non- Muslims. Once Muslim men reach the age of 65, they are four times more likely to be unemployed. This, despite the fact they are more likely to have a university degree.

There’s also the fear, isolation and vulnerability. In 2003, the Human Rights Commission reported that Australian Muslim women were afraid to walk their children to school for fear of being abused, spat on or mocked. In a survey conducted by the commission, Australian Muslims told of having stones thrown at them, dogs set upon them, cars driven at them, and being physically grabbed and assaulted in supermarkets.

Overall, it paints a pretty bleak picture for a community that is overwhelmingly peaceful. And in victimising them, we create the best possible opportunity for Islamic extremists. A report released by the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies in 2009 suggested Muslims were more likely, through discrimination and economic disadvantage, to feel isolated from Australian society, leading to higher rates of crime and imprisonment, and potentially leading to religious and non- religious radicalism.

So, it’s up to us then – we play a role too. Not through ignorant campaigns against Muslims converting people through halal food and Islamic prayer in schools, but through support, education, compassion and understanding.

You may not agree. But next time you criticise and judge an entire community, ask yourself who the real bad guy is.

IftikharAhmad 5pts

The beauty of Islam is that it is a religion which appeals to common sense. There is no blind belief or dogmatism in Islam. The fundamentals of Islam are simple, straightforward and easy to understand.

If Islam is so bad, then why is it the WORLD'S FASTEST GROWING RELIGION! It is also one of the youngest religions. However no matter how hard everyone tries to give Islam a bad name, it will be twice as more populated. So let's get straight to the point yeah?, Basically Islam is the most hated religion I don't know why hmm maybe because it is also the most fastest growing religion and 2nd largest but no one will be able to stop this religion from growing.

Islam is the fastest growing faith in Britain. Hundreds and thousands of Brits are reverting to Islam. By the middle of this century, over half of Brits would be Muslims.

The famous historian, Thomas Carlyle, in his book "Heroes and Hero worship", refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam: "The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one. In one man’s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can."

With which sword was Islam spread? Even if Muslims had it they could not use it to spread Islam because the Quran says in the following verse:

"Let there be NO compulsion in religion: Truth stands out
clear from error"

It is the sword of intellect. The sword that conquers the hearts and minds of people. The Quran says in Surah Nahl, chapter 16 verse 125:

"Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious."
[Al-Quran 16:125]

If you try to split to sun, the sun won't be affected, u can
never put a single harm there, instead of it, you will be affected... if you
guys continue to insult ISLAM, in return you will just be affected, and you will
NEVER be able to do a single harm, may Allah (swt) give you hedayah, ameen
Having a laugh at someone else's religion or faith is so wrong. We must all
learn to respect one another. 

aussie 5pts

Very Good article.

When will the Muslim community realise that what we need is a good PR body? So that if the shock jocks of the world, or the current affair programs that need to boost rating for their programs think twice about the content & research their stories better before airing them? What is happening now is that inlight of any " Muslim Related " incident, many many stories are published in the papers, & on radio . What happened in London was absolutely disgusting to say the least, I for one condemn the people that did this, & hope that this never ever happens again anywhere in the world.

the mad hatter
the mad hatter 5pts

Thank you, but also no one seems to notice , with all this hatred and negative messages and hateful acts, more and more people are embracing Islam, AFTER they decide to find out the truth for themselves and not be part of majority hypocrites.......

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