Previously, we began to discuss causes related to the phenomenon of Islamophobia, within the frames of an attempt to show the main reasons that caused such phenomenon, we started by stating historical events between Islam and the West, as well as the fact that many are ignorant about the truth of Islam. Below we shall continue with other point that has a major role in fueling such phenomenon.
The term Islamophobia is relatively one of the modern trading terms which is directly related to the relation of the West with Islam. This term was crafted after borrowing a part of it from the science of mental disorders to express the phobia against Islam, but the fact is, it’s a new old phenomenon, as old as the religion of Islam itself, even though its severity had risen after the famous bombings of the two towers in September 11th 2001, which was accredited to Al-Qaida organization.
Nobody has been safeguarded in history in the same way as Prophet Muhammad SAW. Nobody knows how Jesus Alayhi salam or Rama looked like. But ask a young Muslim schoolboy studying even in a Convent school run by Christian Missionaries, and he will tell you minute details about his Prophet SAW. Every act of his is kept alive in the memory of Muslims.
As Muslims striving in the cause of Allah, we should have our own criterion to determine if our society is in a positive state or in a decline. We should not depend on rulers or mass media which are not always honest or may be under coercive measures and far from independent to avoid bias or false perceptions. An analysis of history and especially Islamic history can be conducted to investigate this subject. Yet more importantly, the Prophet (SAW) has provided us with many of these barometers in his statements and actions, that provide a wonderful criterion to judge our neighborhood or even the world as a whole.
The Halloween hoop-la is crazy and seems like it takes over everyone every year. But instead of going with the tide, we need to educate ourselves and especially our kids about it and tell them why we do not become a part of its festivities. It's not a bad thing to be different. Our religion gives us fun-off times (Come on, you just celebrated two Eids!) and-that should be enough for us. Having fun is absolutely permissible but going to extremes to have it and on the way trampling our beliefs is not only revolting but also implies our extreme lack of faith and lack of pride in our religion.
Writing is an 'Art' and not a 'Science'. Therefore most of our English teachers don't end up as writers even though their grammar is excellent. The reason for this is that they work on the science of writing and not on the art of writing. If you focus on writing as a science, then it will be difficult to penetrate the hearts of the readers. If you win the heart, then you have won the mind because a large number of decisions are taken on the basis of feelings and not on thinking.