I’ve heard the word ‘Islamophobia’ enough times in my lifetime. Better yet, I’ve heard it used incorrectly enough times in my lifetime. They say that in order to be an Islamophobe one must have a hatred or fear of Islam, particularly of its political culture. Political correctness emphasises the hate factor. However, as Islam continues to make headlines for its brutality and violence against others worldwide, the concept of Islamophobia fails to remain true to its definition.
Instead, for too long has it become a tool to strike fear and silence the mouths of anyone wanting to query Islam, debate or critique it. Globally, the political scene has cultivated and converted the definition of Islamophobia into an irrational hatred of Muslims. Islamophobes are people that supposedly blame and taint an entire religion for the actions of a few Muslims. To the point where any crime committed by Muslims can never be called an Islamic issue. Including violence waged against the non-believers. Including mistreatment of females. Such pandemic problems are but a few examples. My question is this: how do these crimes not pertain or represent aspects of Islam when instructions to mistreat women and wage holy war against the Infidel are sanctioned in the Qu’ran? Especially when there are 109 verses that call for violence?
Islamophobia is used to disallow any criticism, any progressive thinking into modernising and humanising Islam – which is irrational in itself. So-called Islamophobes are not irrational in condemning certain Islamic acts they have the right to be concerned about. Instead those who propagate the term are.
Is it not irrational to take a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad and stage violent protests all over the world, attacking and burning homes, shops and embassies and murdering scores of people? Is it not irrational to implement draconian Blasphemy Laws which are easily manipulated and falsely used to imprison and torture religious minorities? Is it not irrational to accuse innocent figures such as Raif Badawi (secular Saudi Arabian jailed for creating a liberal blog), of insulting Islam and sentencing them to 10 years and 1000 lashes? Is it not irrational to hunt down those who like Facebook pages, or attend and join organisations deemed contrary to Islamic beliefs? Is it not irrational to keep Aisai Bibi on death row for 5 years, denying her every chance for appeal and depriving her children of their mother? Is it not irrational to sexually groom young girls and women from Rotherham to Peshawar, raping and prostituting them, depraving them of a quality of life; preventing them from access to justice as the perpetrators manage to instill fear and lack of action into every level of authority? Is it not irrational to threaten to behead my own father, burn our home to the ground and rape the girls in my family due to our abandonment of Islam?
That is irrational and so much more. It is deeply inhumane. What point is Islamophobia trying to make? I fail to see it.
Islamophobia has lost its factual meaning and has long become dangerously misleading, dangerously deceptive. It is a pervasive instrument and agenda, designed to prevent reason, ownership and admission of guilt. It prevents imperfection and promotes perfection. The definition of Islamophobia is extremely fascist in itself. It discriminates against anybody holding genuine concerns about Islam, concerns that could substantially benefit the religion. Enough to lift it out of 7th Century Arabia and place it into the 21st.
Advocates of Islamophobia have succeeded in going too far. To the point where this culmination of fear of being labelled an Islamophobe has much of the social and political medium using carefully constructed language, depictions and rhetoric to ensure they never offend Islam -thus distorting the truth.
Islamophobia is fast becoming invalid and irrelavant. Criticising aspects of Qur’anically-endorsed Islam in order to release prisoners held in Islamic regimes or to stop the sexualisation of young female lives is not hateful at all but humane. It is the right thing to do. Any other religion and such crimes would be publically condemned with no abating. Islamophobia safeguards Islam from exposing its perils to the world. It protects Islam from its actions. It sees our leaders running to Mosques and Islamic leaders for forgiveness and appeasement, whenever there is an indication that an offence was committed in the name of Allah and Muhammad.
Islamophia was never a valid claim, or definition since such crimes are ordained by its very scriptures, but disallowing anybody non-Muslim to point this blatant truth out gets them labelled as such. In all honesty, those who coined the term Islamophobia have nothing to fear but Islam itself, which falsifies the very definition. All in all, Islamophobia is no longer of relevance I say.
Now all I need to do is sit back and wait for accusations of Islamophobia to come my way. It’s that easy.