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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

[mukto-mona] Re: When Muslims are victims of an attack, we refuse to call it terrorism : Sufyan Ismai

It saddens me profoundly but I squarely blame Muslims leadership for not doing enough but preaching and spreading hatred against non-Muslims during every Friday sermons. US and Europeans are not people of taking threats and actions lying down on their own home. If Islamist want their way of life to impose on others, I got news for very peaceful naive Muslims. There will be Muslim victims too. Reprisals are happening and more to come in Europe and US unless we see a profound change in Islamic minds. On the other hand, more Muslims are being killed by none other than Muslims. Who will stop that bloodshed that has gone on for 1400 years in God's name? It is high time for Muslims to look inward and analyze what is troubling Muslims home and abroad. Blaming others would not solve the problem. 

On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 1:14 AM, Jamal G. Khan <> wrote:

Sufyan Ismail When Muslims are victims of an attack, we refuse to call it terrorism

The differences in how we talk about attacks on Muslims, as opposed to those perpetrated by Muslims, reveal a double standard rooted in Islamophobia

Jameel Muhktar and his cousin Resham Khan will never forget what happened at 9.15am on June 21. They were victims of a horrific acid attack by a white male in east London. Jameel went into an induced coma and Resham's career as an aspiring model is now over. The pair firmly believe this was an Islamophobic hate crime.  

As shocking as the attack was, most mainstream media has either failed to cover it or at best relegated it to a minor story. One can't help but feel that if Jameel and Resham were James and Rebecca, and white rather than Asian, then their images would have made headline news for at least a day. 

This is not the first time tragedy befalling British Muslims has been treated differently from non-Muslims. Cast your mind back to the brutal murders of Mohammed Saleem and Mushin Ahmed, who were knifed and kicked to death respectively.  Compare and contrast the coverage of their murders to the rightful attention received by Jo Cox's vicious murder and fusilier Lee Rigby's. The latter names are now rightly permanently etched into our minds, whereas Mohamed Saleem and Muhsin Ahmed are virtually unknown outside the Muslim community.

The lack of reporting is not the only problem; a dual reluctance to brand attacks against Muslims as "terrorism", while attacks by white men are reported as anything but terror, just smacks of sheer media double-standards in the eyes of British Muslims. When Jo Cox was murdered by a right-wing terrorist, The Sunpreferred to report it as "mental illness of a loner" while the Daily Mail was fiercely criticised for not even reporting the guilty verdict against Thomas Mair on its front page. No surprise then that in the immediate aftermath of the Finsbury Park tragedy, Ashish Joshi of Sky News was hounded by Muslims filled with rage outside the mosque who demanded that the mowing down of Muslims be called out for what it is: a "terrorist attack". 

Jeremy Corbyn highlights link between foreign wars and 'terrorism at home' : 

The simple, underlying, and inconvenient truth is that Islamophobia is now institutionalised within parts of our society. This week I wrote an open letter to the Home Secretary challenging her to come good on the "full protection" she promised British Muslims and revealing some troubling statistics. Figures show there are nearly 7,000 anti-Muslim hate crimes a year. Between March 2016 and March 2017, there were 143,920 anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic Tweets sent from the UK – this amounts to 393 a day.

The National Equality Panel found Muslims are paid 13-21 per cent less than others with equal qualifications. BBC research showed Muslim job applicants were three times less likely to be offered an interview.

For every one occasion a positive or neutral reference is used to describe Muslims in the print press, there are no fewer than twenty-one occasions of negative or extremist references. ChildLine showed that Muslim children seem to be bearing the brunt of a 69 per cent increase in playground racism with "bomber" and "terrorist" being used all too frequently.  


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