US Islmaophobes use non-Islamic issues to malign Islam
24 Aug 2012 08:10 GMT
 
Washington: Isalmophobes or anti-Islam groups across the United States of America have been uniting against the Muslims and Islam as they have arranged a number of conferences and rallies for criticizing Islamic beliefs and the Muslims’ practices but with non-Islamic issues. By Farhan Iqbal

Washington: Isalmophobes or anti-Islam groups across the United States of America have been uniting against the Muslims and Islam as they have arranged a number of conferences and rallies for criticizing Islamic beliefs and the Muslims’ practices but with non-Islamic issues.

These groups have highlighted the practices among Muslims which are not according to the teachings of Islam or may be the evil acts of few Muslims as there are good and bad people in every religion and community.

For instance, American Islamophobes tried to malign the Muslims and their faith when they arranged a conference in Detroit few months back about what they call prosecution of women in Islam. However, the American Muslims strongly rejected the message saying that it was for promoting hatred and bigotry.

“We’re standing for the human rights of girls like Jessica Mokdad,” said Pamela Geller of New York City, a conference organizer who blogs against Islam.

The title of the conference was “Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killings,” which was named after a 20-year-old Muslim woman killed in Warren last year.

According to prosecutors’ records, Mokdad’s death was not related to Islam or culture.

Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor, Bill Cataldo, confirmed, “It’s not a case based on honor.”

“The family objects to them using her name,” he added.

Cataldo believes that the motive behind Mokdad’s murder was rooted in the fact that her stepfather, Rahim Alfetlawi, had “been sexually abusing her.”

He said that her father was afraid Mokdad might go public with the assaults and so he killed her.

“The evidence shows the motive really was not a cultural (or religious) issue,” Cataldo said.

He added, “It’s about power, control and rape.”

In Islam, there is no place for unjustifiable killing as the case in honor killing.

Even in case of capital punishment, only the government can apply the law through the judicial procedures.

It is a wrong perception presented by the Western media that Islam allows honor killing but the fact is that it is a cultural act and has nothing to do with the faith.

Arab-American groups have strongly condemned the approach of Islamophobes and termed it a conspiracy against Islam and the Muslims.

President of the Arab American Institute (AAI), Jim Zogby, stated, “This is clearly not the first time our community in Michigan has had to deal with a hate group.”

He said, “Despite repeated efforts to target Arab Americans and American Muslims, the community has remained resilient and poised, sometimes choosing to ignore the fervor.”

“This group we cannot ignore and this is the time to stand up and make our voices loud and clear in opposition to the politics of division and bigotry,” Zogby added.

“As a Muslim woman, I stand with pride in my faith,” said Suehaila Amen, the President of the Lebanese-American Heritage Club in Dearborn.

According to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the University of California, Islamophobia in the US is on the rise.

A US survey has also revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.

A recent Gallup poll, found 43 percent of the Americans nationwide admitted to feeling at least “a little” prejudice against Muslims.


-- Al Arabiya Digital


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