It has been nearly 20 years when the “war on terror” singled out Muslims. As a civilizational threat to “the West,” Islam has created the conditions for widespread Islamophobia. From mobilizations against proposed mosque sites to physical attacks on Muslims and Quran burnings, racism in Europe against Muslims has reached new heights.
A Recent incident in Paris is a real example
Two Muslim women were stabbed in Paris on Tuesday with their attackers hurling insults as “Dirty Arabs” and “Go home to your country.” They stabbed one Muslim woman six times who ended up with a punctured lung in the hospital. While the other had to undergo surgery on her arm because of the stabbing.
Mainly talking about French Muslims, they have expressed fears of rising Islamophobia in recent weeks as the government clamped down mosques and Muslim organizations.
There’s also a long-running debate over the Muslim headscarf in France since 1989. According to some people, it doesn’t fit in France’s secular society, but others say that kind of talk conflates the veil with Islamist radicalism’s real problem.
It is not the first time people have judged or attacked Muslims because they are “Muslims.” The racist attack in Hanau, Germany, Uyghur Genocide, China, the case of ‘Real Germans,’ the Hijab Furor in France, and Rohingya Muslims, and the list is never-ending.
A report on Islamophobia finds that victims are reluctant to report the crimes committed against them because of authorities’ inadequate response.
Similarly, There was no information about this attack until an uproar on social media, where confirmed images from the scene circulated. A chilling video of the two muslim women being stabbed gone viral on Sunday evening.
The attack allegedly took place when a fight broke out on dogs between the two groups of females. One of the stabbed women told police that the attackers pulled out a knife and slashed her skull when she told her to control her dog.
Victims, Kenza, 49, and Amel, a few years younger, spoke to Liberation paper about how the incident happened.
Kenza told: “We were a family, five adults in all and four children, We had gone out for a walk. There is a small, rather dark park; we took a little tour of it. As we walked, we saw two dogs coming towards us. The children become scared. My cousin was veiled, and she asked the two women if it was possible to keep their dogs with them.The dog owners refused to put their pets on a leash, and a furious argument followed racist insults. It is then that the two women with the dogs allegedly pulled out a knife and attacked Kenza and Amel“.
Beheading of Teacher Samuel Paty
The above incident followed a 47-year-old teacher, Samuel Paty, beheading last week. He allegedly showed disrespectful images of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to a secondary school class. One of his student (Russian Muslim) stabbed him to death and the boy was killed by french police on spot. Following the incident demonstrators gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech. They held signs reading ‘Je Suis Prof, Je Suis Samuel’ (‘I am a teacher, I am Samuel).
The question arises here, Are Muslims extremists? or to be on the safer side, Are all Muslim extremists? Collective blame doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it’s correlated with many other ideas and behaviors that increase Muslims’ hostilities. If you collectively blame an entire group for individuals’ actions, it makes it reasonable to exact your revenge on any person from that group. Still, it is not justifiable to stab some innocent people just because you have hostility towards a particular religion or the extremists’ acts engrave you.
Does it relate to hostility towards Islam, towards Muslims, or racism against Muslims?
We can say Islamophobia, Anti-Sharia Legislation; Anti-Refugee Legislation; Mosques, Muslim cemeteries, and Islamic schools; Anti-Muslim Crimes; Xenophobia, all are the different names of Muslim’s suffering.
Some argue that the term ‘Muslimophobia’ should replace Islamophobia because of Muslims’ hostility as people target Muslims rather than Islam, the religion. Perhaps the most powerful and passionate speech by Imran Khan to the U.N. General Assembly mentions that Islamophobia grew because Muslim leaders failed to explain Islam to the WestWest.
“Muslims are continually targeted with impunity in many countries,” PM said. Moreover, rising trends of religious hatred and violence “in the name of freedom of speech” have accentuated Islamophobia.
For me, mainly, it was another reminder of the importance of living a life in harmony with the values essential to us. Is it the fault of Muslim rulers that they haven’t explained Islam’s real sense to the West, or is it a part of big propaganda?
I would say, We have to reverse the normalization of Islamophobia!!!