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Terrorism has no Religion.


To begin with: I am not a Muslim. I am only viewing my friends and colleagues being hurt and are in pain everyday because of the stereotypes that were enforced upon them; the stereotype that “Muslims are terrorists”.

Many Muslims are being harassed everyday just for the sole reason that they are Muslims and practiced their faith.

Here are some quotes from a few of my friends who have agreed to share their experiences:

“As an Arabic-Muslim 8th grader living in the USA, almost every history class, I heard that president Obama must kill all Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East and the teacher paid no regard to that.” (Anonymous).

“I was once in the U.K for tourism, and everything seemed perfectly fine till I spoke Arabic.  The looks gazing down at me made me feel I should be guilty, ashamed of who I am.  I then I understood when we were stereotyped as terrorists, especially that a kid my age (12 at the time) asked if I were a terrorist.” (Anonymous).

“As a Muslim studying in an international boarding school, I was in my history class discussing Muslims’ immigration to Mecca while Jews already lived there. The information we were discussing was incorrect and was later modified by the department.  In the discussion, an Asian who was not fully familiar with the religion of Islam said “The Prophet was brutal and was acting like the terrorist group ISIS”. I was shocked and speechless” (Anonymous).

Whenever I would walk the streets of Chicago wearing a scarf, I would often receive odd looks and elderly women shaking their heads, as though I was a freed criminal. Occasionally, a few people would whisper ‘terrorist’ in my ear as they brushed past me while the rest would snicker and giggle” (Anonymous).

As you can see, all of my friends that shared their experiences asked me to keep their quotes anonymous; they still fear more discrimination by others.

This is a interview that explains what is happening by JooJoo Azad, who also experienced these types of discrimination against her in the interview itself. The interviewer kept asked her about nuclear weapons in Iran, while her entire career is about fashion and incorporating the hijab into fashion. Later on, the interviewer said “You don’t sound American”, which is highly offensive because she partly identifies as an American and it sets the standard of what an American should act and say like.



*The Facts*

  • This is an FBI Source stating that 94% of terrorist attacks carried out in the United States from 1980 to 2005 have been by non-Muslims. Therefore, you simply cannot claim that Muslims are terrorists. Have a look yourself.

https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005

  • This is a photo that shows the amount of terror attacks who have been religiously motivated in Europe;
  • The last 5 of the 12 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are Muslims (42%)!

This is a contradiction to the stereotype that Muslims are terrorists. In fact, many try to change the world into a more peaceful one.There names are:

  1. Shirin Ebadi
  2. Mohamed ElBaradei
  3. Muhammad Yunus
  4. Tawakkol Karman
  5. Malala Yousafzai
  • This is a video showing how Muslims are being treated – it is a social experiment:

    As you can see, there is a lot of racism and harassment in our community. Muslims and Arabs are being marginalized by society for the way they dress, their religion and cultural differences, even if many people still accept others as you saw in the video.

  • What is also essential is that you do not generalize people into categories just because of their faith, sex, ethnicity, race,religion, sexual orientation, …

*The Remedy*

To combat and battle these misconceptions about Islam, we need to make people more aware.

The spread of media is a very powerful tool:

  • A few days ago, there was a popular trend roaming around which is the: “Punish A Muslim Day”. It spread over twitter and Facebook very quickly. There was an opposition trend which was: “Love A Muslim Day”. However, it did not spread as much as the original trend did.

This needs to change by posting more about it, do as much as you can in social media to prevent the spread of Islamophobia. When you see a racist joke aimed towards Muslims, do not just look at it. Whenever, you tweet about this issue, use the hashtag #peace_in_islam

RESPOND TO IT!

The worst people are bystanders who do not fight for the right thing. If you see someone being treated unjustly an you stand there doing nothing, it is as if you are telling the bully that it is okay to do such thing, which is highly encouraging and painful to the person being bullied. To put an end to this, we must act. Quickly.


There can be many ways to remedy the pain that Arabs go through. For example, there is a novel I read called “Once in a Promised Land” by Laila Hallaby. It features 2 Arab Muslims and captures how their daily interactions have changed after 9/11 because this marked a point in the growth and expansion of the Muslims are terrorists stereotypes grew. They became more secretive and could not be open to the world on who they were and what they are doing here. Many people just categorize them as “bad people”.

Music can also be a catalyst for change:

There is a song by a Lebanese singer, Hiba Tawaji, who has a song that expresses her pain and her sorrow becuase of what is happening to the Arab World. The name of this song is Al Rabih Al Arabi, which directly translates to the “The Arab Spring”.

This composition I created for me symbolizes the hurt and the pain that Arabs go through and in the end, it is my hope for the future through the whistling.

Please find the time to educate people on this topic, because Islam is not a terrorist religion. In fact, it preaches love and  respect to one another and I can see that reflected on my Muslim friends. Even if people do not agree with you and regard Muslims as terrorists, it s still much more important to have conversations about this topic and expose ourselves to others views. Whenever you have a discussion, share about it, go to social media and reflect your experiences. Create music that symbolizes this type of pain, and share it. Write about the topic. Never forget the suffering Muslims have to go through to be accepted in a Western society. Bridge the gaps between people regardless of their identities. It is important to bring these topics and acting on them.

An important Islamic figure, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, once said:

“Patience is a pillar of faith”.

And Islam is all about peace.

 

Please share this project for more awareness.


Bibliography:

Ahmed, B. (2015). Less Than 2 Percent Of Terrorist Attacks In The E.U. Are Religiously Motivated. [online] Thinkprogress.org. Available at: https://thinkprogress.org/less-than-2-percent-of-terrorist-attacks-in-the-e-u-are-religiously-motivated-cec7d8ebedf6/

All Nobel Peace Prizes”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 13 Apr 2018. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/>

Alnatour, O. (2018). Muslims Are Not Terrorists: A Factual Look at Terrorism and Islam. [online] HuffPost. Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/omar-alnatour/muslims-are-not-terrorist_b_8718000.html

Europol. (2015). EU Terrorism Situation & Trend Report (Te-Sat). [online] Available at: https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/main-reports/eu-terrorism-situation-and-trend-report

Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2007). Terrorism 2002/2005. [online] Available at: https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005

Halaby, L. (2008). Once in a promised land. Boston: Beacon Press.

Jovian, K. (2016). AMERICAN vs MUSLIM BAG EXPERIMENT. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://youtu.be/M0dMkFxIe4Y [Accessed 14 Apr. 2018].

Tawaji, H. (2014). Hiba Tawaji – Al Rabih Al Arabi [Official Music Video] (2014) / هبه طوجي – الربيع العربي. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93Jzxaxp9s

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COMMENTS: 72
  1. April 26, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

    Please show your love to everyone on the comment section below ❤️ .

  2. April 26, 2018 by Nadine AlMuasher

    I think that the composition that you made is really inspiring and emotional.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you soo much that you loved the music. It really means a lot to me.

  3. April 26, 2018 by Nadine AlMuasher

    Thank you for raising awareness for a really important topic, that is being ignored nowadays, in our society.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      I agree!

  4. April 26, 2018 by Nedaa Awawdeh

    This is very motivational and having people who care for this issue as much as you keep us going and make us even more proud and less hesitant in our daily life as muslims.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you for sharing your experiences as a Muslim. I am proud of you for standing up!

  5. April 26, 2018 by Nedaa Awawdeh

    Honestly, this whole piece would be my response to every person who spreads their idiotic, unreasonable misportrayals of us, Muslims.
    Thank you again for the hard work and the efficient information you’ve provides us with

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      I agree! Thank you very much!

  6. April 26, 2018 by Luma Malouf

    Stereotyping is very complicated and takes a lots of effort from individuals as well as organization to address its implications
    Thank you kamal for an insightful presentation

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Stereotyping is indeed a complicated issueat the physcological level and indeed needs to stop. Thank you for your engagement in the project!!

  7. April 26, 2018 by Nour Karadsheh

    This is something that everyone should be aware of and know about and you did a great job showing how important it is and the amount of effort and details in this research makes it more attentive for people to see and change according to! great job

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Yes, I agree; we shall make everyone aware of this issue. Thank you soo much!!

  8. April 26, 2018 by Badr Nabhani

    Truly something everyone should be aware of! You did a good job proving its importance! Thank you for your efforts!

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      No thank you for your enthusiasm on the presentation. We should spread it as much as possible!

  9. April 26, 2018 by nadine jarrar

    so proud of you for doing this- I hope we can spread the word!

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      We should spread the word!!

  10. April 27, 2018 by dd

    this issue is very important and thank you for pointing out this and taking your time to write such an important presentation
    keep going💪

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you soo much! This should be pointed out in our society!

  11. April 27, 2018 by Banan

    I am proud of you for talking about this important issue. It’s really important to spread awareness about it and talk to people about how wrong these stereotypes are.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Exactly, stereotypes are wrong! Thank you!

  12. April 27, 2018 by Sihan

    A comprehensive clarification of muslims! It’s really convincing and I liked it a lot

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Exactly! People need to understand about the religion Islam.

  13. April 27, 2018 by Reema zubaidi

    So proud of you Kamal! I believe that this topic is strong because nowadays people have the wrong image of Islam and Arabs and we will keep on supporting till the end

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      We do need to change this image of Islam and Arabs. This is just a start! Thank you soo much!

  14. April 27, 2018 by Adan Hakeem

    This is amazing! The points raised ae incredibly significant and I believe awareness in this regard should continue to be spread. Thank you!

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you for all this support! We should spread these points!

  15. April 27, 2018 by Tara Shawwa

    You did an amazing job in addressing an important topic that people need to start being aware about! I hope people will take what you have written into consideration, it’s really motivational. I’m proud of you!

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you. I hope people do take this into consideration so we can start making change!

  16. April 27, 2018 by Dima Wakid

    It’s nice and beautiful to read this , being a Muslim i am very proud and thankful. Thank you for sharing this important information:)

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  17. April 27, 2018 by Jude Salman

    Unfortunately many have this misconception of Islam as it is being related to Terrisom, and I believe projects and websites like these help clear the accusations. This means a lot, I appreciate the effort you did by making this website, as people should be more aware of this serious topic. You did a great Job.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      See, Islam should not be connected to terrorism. Terrorism has no religion. I believe that too and we should spread this even more!

  18. April 27, 2018 by Yousef

    You have highlighted an important issue that arabs and muslims alike face against in our world. Islam has been misinterpreted after one extreme religious group proclaimed killing as the core of Islam. You did a great job showing how the misinterpretation of a religion can affect the treatment and how people look at the individuals who associate themselves with that religion. Thank you for your efforts of spreading the truth.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Yessss, it is an important issue! I am very happy that you do know a lot about the subject. Please share your knowledge in order to fix this image of Islam.

  19. April 27, 2018 by Mishael.Khan

    This is such a great message. Honestly, I sometimes forget that there are allies like you out there but then things like this presentation remind me 🙂
    Great job!!

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      You can always count on us and we will ally together to combat the stereotype. I am happy that the presentation reminded you of that.

  20. April 27, 2018 by Taleen

    Thank you for bringing up a big issue. It is important to raise awareness about stereotypes.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      I am humble that you want to join to raise awarness about stereotypes.

  21. April 27, 2018 by Malek

    This project is very informative, it opened my eyes up to an issue the world faces.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you very much. I am humble that you liked the information presented here. I hope you learnt something new!

  22. April 27, 2018 by Abdulhadi Alsaidi

    Wonderful work, Kamal.

    Your argument is reinforced with credible and relevant evidence, and your line of reasoning is amazingly done and definitely reinforces what you are trying to convey. It is crucial for this message to be spread, and I recommend you post this on the school’s newsletter or any other publishing sites to reach a larger audience. The perception of many will change as a result of this well-written article.

    • April 27, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I agree with you, my message of spreading awareness of Islamophobia is crucial in my opinion at least because this is an important matter that the entire world should wake up. I promise that I will do what ever I can do to try to spread the word of the harassment Muslim face everyday due to the misconstrued stereotypes of Islam.

  23. April 27, 2018 by Yazan Fakhoury

    Great Project Kamal. I really enjoyed going through it.
    I think a lot of points depend on how you define terrorism. Why are some attacks labeled as terrorist attacks and others not?

    • April 28, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION! Basically, terrorist attacks are extreme unlawful violence used against a huge amount of people (masses); they create terror and fear among people to achieve a political, financial, ideological or religious aim. However, other small scale attacks like stabbing a person, robbing are all considered crime. Crime is against law, but terrorism is against international law. Criminal law changes from form country to another. It might be considered a crime to smoke marijuana in a country and not a crime in a another country. It depends on the legalization of it. If it is illegal, it is a crime.

  24. April 28, 2018 by Lamees Rayyan

    Great project Kamal 👍👍 very proud of you

    • April 28, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank youuu!

  25. April 28, 2018 by Gassia

    So proud kamal! I love this❤️ Miss you!!

    • April 28, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank youu. I’ happy you like it. I miss you too!

  26. April 28, 2018 by Michaela Levy

    Incredibly inspiring! So proud of you and amazed by your analysis!

    • April 28, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you for noticing the analysis!

  27. April 28, 2018 by Basma salaitah

    Thank you

    • April 28, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      No problem!

  28. April 28, 2018 by Diala

    Congratulations dear for this high level of presentation. I enjoyed reading it as it has varieties of ways to present your ideas. I believe the most terrorist act is to kill young students in schools by a criminal. I agree with Yazan.
    Well done dear.

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you. It is very interesting that you said that the most violent act is to kill students.I agree it is a horrendous act.

  29. April 28, 2018 by Husnaa Dada

    This is amazing! Well done. It’s so good that someone is finally addressing this issue. The fact that you are willing to stand up for something even though it doesn’t directly affect you is so amazing. The stereotypes aren’t only based around the Arab nation but all Muslims around the world so it’s fantastic that you have included that aspect as well.

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you. I think that even if I am not a Muslim, I need to be a human and address these issues that are not being talked about!

  30. April 28, 2018 by Ghayda

    Congratulations. Amazing presentaion. Valuable information, superior thinking and accurate research. I congratulate you the way you thinking.

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you. I hope other people think the way we do!

  31. April 28, 2018 by Vivian

    I love your website! The video that you shared with the two girls asking to put their bags down was really shocking. What do you think that we as individuals can do to help address these stereotypes?

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      I agree! As individuals as Abigail mentioned, whenever we see this type of thing, we need to act quickly and never be a bystander. I hope that through this video, we can identify more and more of this stuff.

  32. April 29, 2018 by Abigail.Kelley

    Wow, this is amazing. It really pains me to see that this is happening in America, and your project does a wonderful job explaining the scope and importance of this issue. I really like the videos you chose, and the first one almost had me in tears. I will definitely do my part and never be a bystander. You went above and beyond for this project and it shows. Great work!

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Thank you very much. I am ecstatic that you have taken something out of this and have agreed to help. I cannot be any happier!

  33. April 29, 2018 by Annabel.Edwards

    This is such a great and important project. I love the way you structured your website, especially how you gave quotes from people around you who experience this type of stereotyping. The video you shared was surprising to me, yet I also might have expected people could react that way based on many current propaganda against Muslims in the media. Do you think we should respond as citizens and people or try and bring this to the press and government?

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      Of course, this is an excellent idea! The press needs to talk more about it. If the law says it protects its citizens and they have the freedom of religion, then that needs to be practiced. We might need to get this to the government to monitor more of this and protect those in need. Thank youu! I love your suggestion!

  34. April 29, 2018 by izzy horio

    wow… that video was crazy… i know that racism exists but because i live in hawaii and we have such a mix of races, i don’t really see racism ever. but after watching this video it makes me really sad to see how scared people are. so many bad terrorist attacks have happened and people are so scared that they racially profile people. how can our generation start ending racial profiling?

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      I am glad that you do nit see that much racism where you live, and I appreciate you sharing that you are multiracial. I think our generation especially through social media have the capability to end this racial profiling because we are able to spread any idea through all social media platforms, and of we constantly keep talking about it, some time there will be an ends to this! Thank you for sharing!

  35. April 30, 2018 by Alex Mummery

    Kamal, thank you for sharing your project. The issue you are tackling is one that must be addressed. It would have been interesting to see the results of the survey. I thought it was super powerful that you included that 5 of the last 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners are Muslim. The truth is that just learning a tiny bit about Islam can change your entire perspective. Why do so many struggle to overcome their prejudice?

    • April 30, 2018 by Kamal.Fakhoury

      I struggle to overcome this prejudice because I have many Muslim friends and I sympathize with them. I see this kind of racism towards them but it doesn’t happen to me and I feel guilty towards this. For example, my friend who lived in the U.S. was forced to take off her hijab for a whole year just because of the constant bullying she experienced because of this. This makes me outraged, and I hope that through this presentation I might have changed a few minds. Thank you for the comment.

  36. April 30, 2018 by Winter.Murray

    Hi Kamal! Your project is incredibly relevant in this day and age, since racism and islamophobic media coverage have perpetuated such harmful stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. As a non-Muslim person, do you have any advice on how to help and/or diffuse the situation if you ever see an instance of islamophobia?

  37. April 30, 2018 by Julie GarberJulianna Garber

    Kamal, I loved your composition at the end, I thought it was incredibly beautiful in it’s symbolic nature. Thanks so much for all your work.

  38. April 30, 2018 by Madison.Collins

    I really love this issue and I think this is an important topic to talk about. I love all of the graphics and interactions that you have included in your site.

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