Islamophobia Has No Place in a Modern Society – By. Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Islamophobia Has No Place in a Modern Society

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

There is an industry on Islamophobia. It produces literature on hate, promotes fear and directs anti-Islamic campaigns. During the years 2008 to 2013 it is estimated that Islamophobic groups had over $200 million to peddle hate and misinformation. Money and misinformation is a lethal mix.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) states that, ‘in 2015 there were 78 recorded incidents in which Muslims were targeted. In both November and December 2015, there were 17 mosques incidents reported during each of these months, numbers almost equivalent to an entire year’s worth of reports from the previous two years.’    

As far as 2016 is concerned there were 275 anti-Muslim acts and the end of the year is still months away. These acts have manifested themselves in different ways. They ranged from people hurling insults to Muslims in broad daylight, attacking Islam in the media, targeting mosques, proposing to ban Muslims from entering America, electronic monitoring, and to outright murder.

It seems that wherever Muslims turn there are obstacles to burden them with grief. If they lay down their lives for America then that is not enough. During the 2016 Democratic National Convention Khzir Khan spoke from the heart about the love of his family for the United States. His son Humayun joined the Army and gave his life so that his platoon might live. But this was not good enough for the Republican candidate Donald Trump. He refused to acknowledge the contributions of Captain Khan; Trump had harsh words instead for the mother of Captain Khan.

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  • Josh Gross | The Jaguar  On October 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This is a much-needed article. My life has personally been enriched by the Muslims I’ve been fortunate enough to know, and it’s my belief that the US is strengthened by it’s Muslim American citizens.

  • needybad4u  On October 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Interesting and thought-provoking article, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine. Any concoction of hate becomes an elixir for injustice in human society. This includes islamophobia and any of its additives that contribute to a distortion of human behaviour.
    Always find your articles important to read and share.
    ~ Leonard Dabydeen

  • John White  On October 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Please. If you people wanted to fight against racial prejudice against muslims then why call it ‘Islamophobia’ and not ‘Muslimophobia’?

    These two things are separate. We can be supportive of muslim people without being supportive of a toxic ideology that encourages the mistreatment women and punishes homosexuality by death!

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 4, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I did not understand what John White was writing about – so I looked it up.

    I suppose John White does not know what John White is writing about, either.

    Ismaili Gnosis, MA & PhD – Islamic Studies & Religion

    Today, the word Islam refers to the religion or faith, and the word Muslim refers to one who identifies as someone who practices Islam.

    In the past – when Muhammad was alive – the term muslim was a generic word that just means “one who submits to God” and in that sense, any monotheist was called muslim; and islam was also a generic word that means “submission to God.”

    “In other words, muslim in Qur’anic usage means, essentially, a committed monotheist, and islam means committed monotheism in the sense of submitting oneself to God’s will.

    This is why Abraham can be considered, in this Qur’anic verse, a hanif muslim, a “committed, monotheistic hanif.”

    As used in the Qur’an, then, islam and muslim do not yet have the sense of confessional distinctness we now associate with “Islam” and “Muslim”; they meant something broader and more inclusive and were sometimes even applied to some Christians and Jews, who were, after all, also monotheists (Q. 3:52, 3:83, and 29:46).”

    Fred Donner (Professor of Near Eastern History – University of Chicago), (Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam, 71)

    “Throughout this work, I have translated the terms muslim and islam in accordance with their original connotations, namely, “one who surrenders [or “has surrendered”] himself to God”, and “man’s self-surrender to God”…

    It should be borne in mind that the “institutionalized” use of these terms — that is, their exclusive application to the followers of the Prophet Muhammad —

    represents a definitely post-Quranic development and, hence, must be avoided in a translation of the Quran.”

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On October 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    It should be clear by now that Islam means the religion and Muslim means ‘the obedient servants of God’. And, this is how Abdul A’la Maududi, considered as the “most systematic thinker of modern Islam” (refer: Malise Ruthven in ‘a Fury for God’ – highly recommended to understand Islamism).

    Maududi goes on to define Muslims as including the ‘whole universe/cosmos as they literally follow the system of Islam – “for Islam signifies nothing but obedience to God, the Lord of the universe. The sun, the moon, the earth and all other heavenly bodies are thus ‘Muslims’ “!!! (refer to his book: ‘Towards Understanding Islam’.

    Veda Nath Mohabir

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