Does Islamophobia exist? Not according to this Muslim Writer
You've all heard of the term Islamophobia: the supposed fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims. Chances are if you've spoken out against Muslim crimes you've been called an "Islamophob" at one point or another. Or maybe you were discussing how Jihad and the oppression of women are inherent in the Quran. Someone didn't like what you had to say, but couldn't come up with a logical argument against it so they just called you names.
What if Islamophibia wasn't real? What if it was just created by a bunch of Islamic centers to silence critics? That's exactly what one Muslim writer is arguing on The Huffington Post.
There are hundreds of Islamic organizations in North America and each one wants to take ownership of it. Is it all about ownership? It shouldn't be. Is it all about portraying a better image of Muslims? I doubt it. Is it all about challenging the self-created fear of Islamophobia? Perhaps.
What do I mean by "self-created fear of Islamophobia"? Do I dare to say that Islamophobia actually doesn't exist at all? Yep, it didn't exist but some of our Islamic centres created the term and spread it around through their actions.
For some of you, the idea that Islamophobia doesn't exist might not come as a surprise. However, the fact that it was acknowledged to be true by a Muslim on The Huffington Post is worth noting.
Ever since the term Islamophobia was coined, the Left and many Muslim figures have been trying to paint the Muslim community as victims. Victims of bigotry. Victims of hatred; and victims of ignorance. This particular Muslim rebukes the victim status the Muslim community has had to wear. He argues that, "as Muslims we should identify ourselves with the culture and land we associate with... [and] live a normal life instead of preaching the addiction of victimhood."
Many of his reasons for Muslims to integrate are skewed and downright wrong; for example, his claim that Jihad, segregation and oppression of women are not endorsed in "original version and modern interpretations of Islam" has been proved false over and over again. Furthermore, he does fail to realize that Islamophobia is a propaganda term used for the benefit of Islamic organizations fighting for control of not only the US government, but society as well.
With the realization that Islamophobia doesn't exist it leaves many of those organizations with one less weapon with which to attack us with. No longer are Muslims the victims and Westerners the guilty party. You no longer have to deal with the cries of "Islamophobia" and "hatred" because those claims don't exist. Not everyone will accept it at first. Many Islamic figures and organizations will still hold on to it like a drowning sailor clings to a piece of wood, but it'll be an empty insult. As long as you stand in the truth, you have nothing to fear.