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Permeating Islamophobia after 9/11

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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

Despite traversing through a prolonged period of 14 years after the draconian 9/11 attack, Islamophobia continues to haunt America. The smitten cries of the episodic barbarity still reverberates the fright and hatred dwelling in the minds of a millions of Americans. One might ponder that the anti-Muslim feeling might have lost its grounds; however, reality refutes the aforesaid plausible denudation. With ISIS resorting to barbaric means and Boko Haram attacks consolidating its foot, the anti-Muslim attitude has taken a more concrete shape.

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According to an ABC poll in October 2001, the percentage of Americans bearing a pro-Muslim attitude was around 47℅ that had plummeted by 2011 to 37%. The percentage had further hit a downward trend in 2013; statistical records said only a meagre 27 ℅ of the population bore a pro-Muslim perspective.

A report in the Huffington Post states that the growing Muslim antagonism was owing to the brutality fleshed out by Muslim fanaticism in the form of Boko Haram killings or rising ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria. Further, media portrayal of the Muslims in a way add on to the seething anti-Muslim fervor. Hollywood considered as the powerhouse of entertainment in the world doesn’t portray a hunky dory picture of Muslims. For instance movies like The Wind And The Lion, Under Siege, Wanted: Dead or Alive, True Lies, and American Sniper are some of the movies that have overtly vilified Muslims and Arabs; such movies in a way add on to the anti-Muslim fervor.

I am going to go out and shoot some towel heads. These were the words of a patriot or rather a rabid indoctrinated with anti-Muslim emotions residing in the world’s oldest democratic nation. The patriot mistook a Sikh man for a Muslim and murdered him, giving into his hatred for Muslims. This might be one of the million episodes essaying anti-Muslim outlook borne by Americans.

Moreover, the Republicans’ overt criticism of the Muslim community sanctions Muslim hatred or Islamophobia. Trailing through the pages of past, one might still remember the Oklahoma state representative’s post John Bennett who wrote on his official Facebook page and it read: Christians should be wary of Muslim Americans because they are planning to kill Christians; such brazenness explicated by a political leader renders a sanction to the pervading Muslim antagonism.

Though the epiphany projected by 9/11 has lost its grounds, Islamophobia seem to have strengthened over a period of time owing to popular culture projected by movies and terror attacks by groups like Boko Haram and ISIS. It’s high time when the intellectuals should give up their plush couches and undertake the responsibility of nullifying the growing anti-Muslim feeling by educating the citizenry on ground reality.

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Virus of Hatred and Insanity Wreaking Havoc With the Preventive Measures in India

All you need to know about the Tablighi congregation at Nizamuddin

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The Tablighi Jamaat congregation has created a havoc in India.

By SALIL GEWALI

Why is the WORLD on lockdown now? It is exclusively intended to keep away from any XYZ who might have infected with COVID-19 and thus contain the deadly pandemic as soon as possible. To combat the outbreak how much “monetary loss” each nation has been incurring each day is unprecedented and unimaginable. Here the main concern being to “save” the lives of the citizens at any rate. Yes, each nation-state considers each life of a citizen as “precious” as anything.

But look at the situation arising out of the Tablighi congregation at Nizamuddin, New Delhi,India and its immediately aftermath. It has raised many questions than answers. What is very disgusting is some of the members of the organization caught “repeatedly spitting” from the windows of the bus as reported by “Hindustan Times” and other news media. Some members directly spat on a “woman” calling her ‘coronavirus’. The members did not even heed to the requests from the elderly people and doctors. Finally, police had to forcefully close the windows of the bus.

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Well, everyone knows that COVID-19 spreads through droplets that come out from our mouths. So, to prevent the possible infection from the fluid droplets we strictly ensure that we cover our mouths with masks. The whole world is doing that. But why this godless act by “certain” members of the religious attendees of Tablighi in New Delhi thereby putting other public potentially at risk. Why such an evil motive, who all are encouraging such things?

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Well, a very learned scholar and also the Governor of Kerala,India, Arif Mohammad Khan described the non-cooperation of the certain Muslim community as a “crime against the nation and humanity.”

Was that elaborate religious congregation not mean to teach us how to be more conscious as a human being and to be compassionate towards other “fellow beings”? What is appalling at this hour of crisis is that there are many Mosques in India which are deliberately “defying” the lockdown order and observing the regular namazs and mindlessly encouraging mass gathering. Some have attacked police while in some states the medical doctors or their assistants associated with the quarantine care have been disrespected, abused and manhandled. Mindless stone-pelting upon the doctors and police have been reported from several states in the country. Why are such disgustingly inhumane behaviors arising from the community of a particular faith only? Why are certain people so uncouth and so uncooperative? Can the pandemic catastrophe be put down by such inhumane behaviors? Will it not be “irreligious” itself when the people, be it from any faiths, recklessly contribute to the suffering of others?

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Further, will GOD “saves ones” who have not taken the preventive measures? Absolutely not. God has given a human being the “brain” in order to decide judiciously what to do and what not to do. God will never descend from heaven to save if we abuse ourselves. About 10 members from the Tablighi Jamaat have already died from Coronavirus. Is it not the loss of precious lives for which we should “mourn”? Is it not a loss for the nation as a whole?

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Due to the religious congregation, many new COVID-19 cases have been reported in India.

Many infected persons from the Jamaat are potentially likely to infect others healthy which might multiply progressively, some of them have already dispersed to their respective states started causing problems as already been reported from the states like Bihar and Gujarat. Some are attacking police personals by violating the lockdown. Is the fundamental teaching of all religions not for the well-being and wellness of each human being on the planet? One wonders why such godless acts are being encouraged, or tolerated! Is tolerating the forces with sinister motives not sin in itself?  Well, a very learned scholar and also the Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammad Khan described the non-cooperation of the certain Muslim community as a “crime against the nation and humanity.”

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Here is another “shocker” published by Indian Today about a week back. An Infosys software engineer from Bangalore Mujeeb Mohammad appealed through his facebook by writing – “Let’s join hands, go out and sneeze with open mouth in public.

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Spread the virus.” How shall we describe this motive? What is in store for us in this 21st Century? Mind out, if such “insanity of hatred” is let to rear its ugly head, the sanity will certainly die a death. The virus of insanity could be more dangerous than Coronavirus. It will directly attack the very LUNGS and HEART of the Nation, and humanity at large.

An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled Great minds on India which has earned worldwide appreciations. Translated into twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.

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