Terrorist V Terrorism
London School of Islamics
According to British writer and lecturer, Karen Armstrong, the west is deeply Islamophobic and the Islamophobia is the result of a long process of prejudice, dating back to the Crusades. The recent events have strengthened the prejudiced belief that "Islam is the religion of the sword".
Now, not a day passes without the newspapers, magazines, radio and TV talk shows, Hollywood movies, computer games and even children's cartoons and the myriad of internet websites and chat rooms, attacking Islam and Muslims.
According to a survey, 70% of Americans do not want to see Muslims
living in their neighborhood. There is not a single day when Islam
and Muslims are not attacked by the mainstream news media outlets.
Muslims are referred barbarians who must either be civilised or
banished before they pollute the egalitarian societies in which they
were born or now live. According to a survey in Scotland, half of
Scots see Muslims as a 'cultural threat'. Scotland would lose its
identity if more Muslims went to live there. According to DEMOS,
British public is more worried about violent crime and immigration,
but the British establishment has focused too heavily on terrorism.
Masajid and Muslim organizations are
regarded as training centers for terrorists. Thousands of innocent
Muslim youths are being searched in streets and hundreds of them are
behind the bar with out any trial. No religion advocates terrorism.
However, West has directed its anger against Islam and Muslims by
inventing Islamic Terrorism. It is the western extremism which is
portraying Islam as an evil. It is the extremism in France, Turkey
and other European countries where Muslim women are not allowed to
cover their heads. Now the Turkish education chief wants headscarf
ban lifted. In Britain, there is a social and economic pressure on
Muslim women not to cover their heads. Despite international
outrage and the US authorities' own stated wish to close Camp
Guantanamo is still holding detainees illegally. in cruel, inhuman
and degrading conditions.
There is an undeclared World War III going on in the name of War on Terrorism. The fact of the matter is that Islam is all peace and hence this war is war of terrorism and not against terrorism. Deception and lies are frequently part of the wars and with powerful Hollywood film tools and other media communications devices people of the world are thoroughly fooled, deceived and made confused. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan is an unmitigated disaster that had brought the west generally into disrepute.
Inter Milan had manifested in the most explicit manner the
superiority of one religion over another. Many EU countries are
against Turkey joining EU on the ground that majority of Turks are
Muslims with secular constitution. Widespread ignorance and
Right-wing groups is the main culprit behind the demonized image of
Islam in the west. Islamophobic west has become politically
motivated. Western media and politicians are portraying Muslims as
"satanic figures". A recent British study has found that a torrent
of negative and imbalance stories in the British media demonize the
sizeable Muslim minority and their faith by spreading prejudices and
portraying them as the enemy within. Many people in the west,
including researchers and those working in the media,
unintentionally provide a blemished image of Islam because they are
ignorant about Islam and Muslims. The republication of Danish
cartoons clearly shows the prevalent ignorance about Islam. The
United Nation wanted to introduce a universal law to protect Muslims
from Islamophobia, which is spreading like wildfire, but the
so-called civilised western establishments, voted against it. It is
the fundamental duty of Muslims settled in the west to raise
awareness of the spirit and core of Islam.
One by one all Muslim Organizations are going to be classified as 'Terrorists'. BBC Newsnight has already branded World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) as terrorist. According to TES, dated 1st Feb2002, Muslim teacher's website has been condemned for links to militant Islamic groups. It is absurd to brand Muslim teachers website as a terrorist. Its aim is to provide guidance, share experience and discuss every day issues and problems facing Muslim teachers. It is also going to help British teachers to learn to respect and understand Islamic culture and most misunderstood British Muslim community. Racism in schools is alive and well was recognized by the Focus Institute on Rights. Staff in many schools is unwittingly racist but in my view, all British teachers are chicken racist. Racism is rife in National Curriculum. There is no mention of Muslim contribution in the world. Schools reinforce the racism that has been promulgated for centuries.
The curriculum is supposed to encourage respect for different
nationals, religious and ethnic identities and encourage pupils to
challenge injustice. A report on teachers from the minority
communities found that racism coupled with a lack of support and
career progression is holding some back. Even teacher trainees were
encountering racism at placement schools. They would like to discuss
their worries more, but only if the senior management team was
visibly open and supportive. The management at schools was very
defensive about any mention of racism, so the issue could not be
discussed in any meaningful way. If a teacher in English school
calls a teddy bear Jesus Christ, there would be seriously hostile
comments in much of the media. While in Sudan a British teacher was
tried and imprisoned for insulting Islam for fifteen days but was
pardoned by the President and released after eight days. She said
after her release that she encountered nothing but kindness and
generosity from Sudanese people. She was treated well in a
Government Villa instead of a prison cell. She could have been
imprisoned for six months and forty lashes. It is a fact that
British teachers have no respect for Islamic faith and subsequently
Muslim community, according to research by the University of Derby.
All the Masajid and Muslim organizations are there for humanitarian, educational and youth works. None of them promotes acts of terrorism or support so called Islamic Terrorism. They are busy in those aspects of education, which are neglected by state schools. They satisfy the needs and demands of the Muslim children and teenagers, which were denied by state schools and LEAs. Without their support and guidance the young generation of Muslim would have lost its Islamic Identity crucial for mental, emotional and personality development. Their contribution will be more effective if all Muslim pupils attend Muslim schools with Muslim teachers. It will help to develop positive co-relation between school and home resulting in raising the standard of education of future Muslim generations. For this purpose, I have a proposition that those state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority may be designated as Muslim Community Schools, managed and controlled by Muslim Educational Trusts and Charities. They are in a better position to educate Muslim children according to their needs and demands. A study by the National Foundation for Educational Research confirmed that all faith schools had better results than their secular counterparts. Conservative spokesman on education has praised schools affiliated to religious groups, saying Muslim schools deserved "support" not suspicion.
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