The Islamic World is going through turmoil right now, I would argue it’s possibly worse than the events that befell the Muslim world in 1979. We
have had the horrors of ISIS, the terrorist group that has killed untold thousands in a violent campaign slaughtering their fellow Muslims in a
twisted quest all in the name of Islamic nationalism. We have seen hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced, caught in the middle of a vicious civil
war and a terrorist organisation that seeks to subjugate Muslims a draconian interpolation of the Qur’an. Hundreds are dying every week trying to
escape this war zone to safer territory and in a cruel twist now over 700 have been killed as they practice their faith peacefully in their holiest of
places in Mecca.
What I find even worse almost than all of this is how the rest of humanity seems to be turning their backs on our Muslim brother and sisters, at times
even making light of their plight. Right now I have had to disengage myself from most social media because all I see are childish jokes about
refugees. Not to mention the moronic arguments about how we can’t let them in because they could be terrorists or just want to steal our jobs,
welfare and if you believe the extreme they just want to rape and murder our kids. Then I see the callous lack of sympathy that goes out towards the
tragic events in Mecca this week. How people could go as far to joke and trivialise their deaths as some kind of twisted karma only adds to my
It really does beg the question of why? Why are we turning our backs on the Islamic world? The world came together to help the Jews in the aftermath
of WWII, we took in tens of thousands of refugees during the war in Kosovo War. We gathered united as a world to mourn the deaths of those killed in
on 9/11 and 7/7, we joined in unity to fight off the Nazi’s. We gather together as humanity and help those struck by natural disasters yet for some
reason there seem to be many of us who cannot find it in our hearts to show empathy for our fellow man when we see him carrying a Qur’an.
I think one of the biggest contributing factors to this is due to the media’s portrayal of Islam over the last decade and a half. Ever since 9/11
for most people living in the west our exposure to the Islamic world has come predominately from the bad press they have been getting. We had 9/11
and almost every other high profile terrorist plot this millennium, we have seen the beheadings, their treatment of homosexuals and the massive gender
inequality that many women suffer in some Islamic states. To our western minds when we see this, when we here of the twisted ideologies of
Al-Qa’ida, ISIS, the Taliban, Abu Sayyaf, Hezbollah all who seem justify their violence in the name of Islam, there can only be one conclusion.
Islam is evil. When people then start to cherry pick facts and start quoting the Qur’an out of contest in combination of this constant bombardment
of media reports showing the horrors committed in “Islamic countries” by “Ismamists” this conclusion is only compounded.
But this logic is so flawed is saddens me that so many buy into when just a little bit of research would demonstrate that 1.6 billion individuals are
being tarred with the same brush unfairly. Through this misconception we are turning our back on Islam we are closing our doors and our hears to them.
Our attitude towards Muslims today is no better than our attitude towards was towards the blacks and homosexuals in the 1920’s. As a society we are
allowing ourselves to regress.
I have spent many years now since 9/11 studding Islamic extremism and I can say with confidence that most groups have numbers in the low thousands,
exact numbers can never confirmed, ISIS is estimated to have around 30,000 for example (unless you think Jeb bush is right to say 200,000). Overall
Islamic extremists actually make up a very small minority of the wider Islamic world. Writing for
, renowned terrorism expert Peter Bergan has this to
If we tally up the low and high estimates for all these groups, we can begin to have a sense of the total number of jihadist militants that
are part of formal organizations around the globe. We found that on the low end, an estimated 85,000 men are fighting in jihadist groups around the
world; on the high end, 106,000.
To put that into perspective, that equates to 0.00006625% of the entire Muslim population belonging to a terrorist organisations. Even if they way off
and the number is closer to a million the percentage of those who are members of these groups is still pitifully low. However the number who
sympathise with the goals of these groups and their tactics will always be more. A nonpartisan think tank in America conducted a study looking at
American Muslims attitudes and had this to say about violent Islamic extremism:
As in 2007, very few Muslim Americans – just 1% – say that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are often
justified to defend Islam from its enemies; an additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified in these circumstances. Fully 81% say that
suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilians are never justified.
A comparably small percentage of Muslim Americans express favorable views of al Qaeda – 2% very favorable and 3% somewhat favorable. And the current
poll finds more Muslim Americans holding very unfavorable views of al Qaeda than in 2007 (70% vs. 58%).
Now I am sure that there are some who are going to read this and run out and find some statistics to through back in my face demonstrating that the
numbers hare actually much higher. That’s fine, we can play with statistics all day, that’s not the point I am trying to demonstrate. The point I
am trying to demonstrate is that contrary to what the western media would have us believe most Muslims do not support to the evil atrocities we see
committed in the name of Allah and God on the 6 o’clock news.
The vast majority of Muslims are just like you and I, they just read a different book and pray in a different temple (if you pray atoll that is).
They go to work like us, they eat like we do, bleed like we do and love like we do and like most of us they do not wake up thinking about how the can
kill the evil westerners shouting “Allah Akbar!!!!” We need to start to see past the label of Muslim and see the individual we need to see past
this stereotype of Muslims that our media and the right-wing of the internet have created. This has turned into a social issue and we must challenge
those in our society who allow our to regress through intolerance. This is my challenge.
If you hate Islam that is fine by me, if you hate all religion that is also fine by me, but what is really pissing me off right now is how some of you
are letting your hate of religion bleed over and you are hating on the individual not their religion by making light of their plight. In your hate you
fail to make the distinction between the religion and the individual who follows that religion. If you truly valued liberty you would not let this
happen. You would be able to say that while you may hate their faith you can accept them as a fellow human