ISLAMOPHOBIA AND IT’s CONSEQUENCES
Islamophobia means enmity and hatred towards the religion of Islam and its followers, especially when seen as a geopolitical force or source of terrorism, this islamophobia is not merely the issue of this 21st century but it also existed in the era of Prophet Mohammad (peace be on him) 1400 years ago,
Muslims at that time undergone through similar campaigns and fake news against the religion, even they also faced Assaults and persecutions. Islamophobia therefore, is not a new at all. There are many other ways to define negative feelings and attitude towards islam and Muslims, Several scholar’s refer islamophobia as a racism. Or anti-muslim prejudice.
There have been many incidents occurred in the consequence’s of islamophobia, and among the bulk of those incidents , some of the highlighted ones are following:-
· Christchurch mosque shootings:
Two consecutive mass shootings occurred at mosques in a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019. The attack, carried out by a single gunman who entered both mosques, began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 pm and continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre at 1:52 pm, where he killed 51 people and injured 40.
· Afzaal family killed on Sunday in attack in London, Ontario
The victims – three generations of the same family who migrated from Pakistan 14 years ago – died on Sunday after , in what the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, described as a “terrorist attack, motivated by hatred”. Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha, 44, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna, and the children’s 74-year-old grandmother died after the attack. Their nine-year-old son Fayez, the lone survivor of the attack, remains in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
In conclusion, We need to stick to our principles, even when we are persecuted. This doesn’t mean abandoning our principles in desire for retribution, or stooping down to a lower level.
The prophetic example was always to maintain the highest moral code, and to act with fairness and compassion. Compassion does not mean lying down and accepting persecution but in all our dealings, Muslims have to be people of principles.