It is that time of year again. I haven’t seen the sun in days. The sky just slides from being black to grey and back again.
For Muslims in MediaLand, things are equally bleak. There must be a (metaphorical) forest that exists to produce sticks to hit Muslims and Islam with. Rape case in Saudi, ludicrousness involving a teddy bear, there’s always something, even if it has nothing to do with, or is condemned (yes condemnation , that activity all the Islamophobes claim we never do) by 99.9% of Muslims.
“It’s all the fault of your religion! + Hopelessly misquoted excerpts from the Qur’an and Sunnah”
“You are so backward”
“You are a threat to our way of life”
Which invariably leads to
“Clash of civilisations”
It is both bewildering and sinister. It seems no branch of the media is free from this disdain of Islam and Muslims.
So it is a pleasant surprise to read of someone defending Muslims or at least, challenging one of the newest pretenders to the “I hate Muslims more than you ” throne.
When I read this article (massive, yet ladylike hijab flutter to Sunni Sister), I looked at the name of the writer and pondered whether it was that Chris Morris, the creator of the frequently funny but often boundary-pushing and gleefully tasteless Brass Eye. It was and the article is worth a read, even if it does nothing to stem the tide ofIslamophobic bile in the comments section.
It is tiring sometimes. Is it worth fighting with?, Engaging or correcting? There are so many things I would rather write about, especially since this post is little more than the squeaks of a mouse in the middle of a zoo.
In the midst of all this, a slogan comes to mind:
Islamophobia: The choice of prejudice for a new generation
There have been other groups in a smilar situation. What we are experiencing is not new. So we know that we have to fight it, however tiring and in what ever way we can, we must speak out and challenge and never let our silence suffocate the truth.