Combat Islamophobia Day: Why hatred of Muslims can now not go unchallenged

Thursday March 16, 2023

By Hande Taner , Nourhene Mahmoudi

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It’s becoming that the fourth anniversary of the Christchurch assault is the primary International Day to Combat Islamophobia. Let it’s a worldwide warning call in regards to the hazards of this vile hatred



Three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim was the youngest sufferer of the aggregate shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Abdi Ibrahim/AP)

His household had fled Somalia in the time of the warfare and flown to New Zealand as refugees. There they hoped to show a brand new web page on the atrocities they’d seen and start a brand new life. Tragically, it was to not be.

In 2022, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a decision proclaiming 15 March because the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, so one can mark the horrific act of terrorism carried out by Brenton Tarrant, a white supremacist who opened fireplace in two Christchurch mosques, killing 51 Muslims and injuring 40.

The decision invited governments worldwide to watch the day and urged the strengthening of institutional efforts with the objective of fostering worldwide peaceable dialogues and merchandising a lifestyle of peace and tolerance. 

The 15 March 2019 was a darkish day for humanity. Worshippers praying peacefully had been heinously killed in bloodless blood on a Friday, a day that represents peace and spirituality for Muslims. This violent and unforgivable carnage occurred within the title of hatred and supremacy over disfranchised communities and marginalised communities.

Islamophobia is described thus by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: “A fear, prejudice and hatred of Muslims or non-Muslim individuals that leads to provocation, hostility and intolerance by means of threatening, harassment, abuse, incitement and intimidation of Muslims and non-Muslims, both in the online and offline world.

“Motivated by institutional, ideological, political and religious hostility that transcends into structural and cultural racism which targets the symbols and markers of a being a Muslim.”



A Muslim household stands throughout the street from Christchurch’s Dean Street mosque on 17 March 2019, two days after worshippers had been gunned down whilst praying (AFP)

This vicious phenomenon threatens our democracy, and it ostracises Muslims from the way of life of society. It hinders their entry to the roles market and schooling methods, the place they may be generally not handled rather and equitably.

The racialisation of Muslims ends up in the portrayal of a misleading graphic and a biased social development, which ends up in their alienation, dehumanisation and demonisation, amongst different matters.

This manufactured and deceptive narrative, which blindly ignores the Numerous advances that Muslims have contributed to over the centuries (from maths to the sciences, from medication to astronomy), sees them now not as human beings however because the “dangerous intruder”. 

Furthermore, Muslim adult females undergo one of the most from the seen and invisible impacts of intersectional discrimination, ones that exclude them from totally different areas of life: employment, schooling and public areas.

They are the victims of a vicious discriminatory cycle, from which it appears exhausting to flee. Institutions are not able to aspire to equality in the event that they will not be thoughtful of all racialised communities, together with the gendered characterisations of Islamophobia; in any other case they’re going to solely have a selective and biased dedication in the direction of the precept of equality.   

Wake-up name

We can now not ignore the detrimental outcomes on the lives of Muslims that come from institutional, systemic and structural Islamophobia embedded within the similar buildings accountable for defending human rights and upholding the common values of the UN human rights constitution.

The Christchurch assault need to have provoked the consciousness of decision-makers internationally and prompted them to impeach their political dedication towards racism and particularly Islamophobia.

The internalisation and understanding of Islamophobia are not able to only be diminished to a hateful on line tweet, and must be seen and recognised for what it really is: a cancerous illness that toxins our communities, and an anomaly in our democratic political methods. 

As subsequent week’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination approaches, EU member states need to undertake the UN’s countrywide motion plans, which need to incorporate the popularity of all types of racism, together with Islamophobia, harmonised and disaggregated statistics assortment, as properly as participatory and inclusive mechanisms with civil society organisations.  

When we observe snap shots of little Mucad, we see failure. We observe his massive expressive eyes and suppose that we’ve got failed him, and we’ll preserve failing all future Mucads if Islamophobia isn’t addressed holistically, efficiently and adequately. 

But we’re hopeful that Mucad and the opposite 50 victims of the terrorist assault failed to die in useless. We are hopeful that their deaths maintain a deeper which means and probably can characterize a warning call for establishments to sincerely internalise the hazards that Islamophobia represents and begin performing accordingly. 

Mucad’s blameless face must be a reminder of why anti-Muslim hatred are not able to go unchallenged anymore. Because Islamophobia is unsafe; Islamophobia kills.

The views expressed listed here belong to the authors and don’t inevitably replicate the editorial coverage of Middle East Eye.

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