The cycle of terror-war-Islamophobia continues to produce trauma, mental as well as physical. The governments and armies of China, India, Burma, and the Central African Republic have all used the same tactics to target the Uighurs, the Kashmiris, the Rohingya and Muslims in the Central African Republic. It starts with accusations of being foreigners, terrorists, and extremists. This dehumanisation then lays the groundwork for rape, torture, and ultimately, genocide.
What can Muslims do to break the vicious cycle of terror-war-Islamophobia?
The masters of Islamophobia operate from the United States, where they benefit from hundreds of millions of dollars from non-profit organisations set up to promote their deadly agenda. What budget have American Muslims and their allies allocated to counter this deadly propaganda that is killing our brothers and sisters around the world?
Masjids are the usual target of Islamophobes worldwide
. Extremists are targeting thousands of mosques in India. Prayer for Muslims ........ at the mosque next to the historic Taj Mahal has already been prohibited. ........ And calls are being made to turn Taj Mahal to Ram Mahal
. China is demolishing mosques and churches
. In Burma, thousands of Rohingya mosques have been razed to the ground
. US Ambassador Samantha Power told the United Nations four years ago ........ that almost all mosques in the Central African Republic are demolished.
Mosques have also been a target in Europe, the United States, and Canada as well. However, law enforcement in these countries protects mosques and prosecutes the criminals
Etiquette of Criticising others
First, think about your motives before speaking. Our aim when speaking up and speaking out must be for the sake of God, His acceptance and love. And God loves human interconnectedness and goodwill, not hate and intolerance
Muslims must be just. While criticizing RSS extremists, we must not generalize their deadly deeds to all Hindus and all Indians. Otherwise, we will be guilty of dehumanization as well
Islam emphasizes the importance of not insulting other people’s faith or beliefs (6:108). We must remember this when making our points
In your family
It is important to emphasise that freedom of religion in America, law and order, and our democracy make America a better place for people of all religions to practice their faith. These freedoms must be protected. This is yet another reason to be engaged and active in our election cycle
Ask children what they know about Islamophobia
Children are a part of the global village. They need to know what is happening to Muslims abroad
Can your family plan to devote time and money this election cycle to protect our freedoms?
Can you volunteer 3 hours a week for 3 months to protect the freedom of Muslims in Kashmir, India, China and Burma?
In the mosque
We request that the points mentioned here be used in Khutbas to educate the community about 1. The state of Indian Muslims 2. The cycle of terror-war-Islamophobia 3. The importance of religious freedom in Islam and in the American constitution. 4. The demolition of mosques around the world.
Here is an article by Imam Malik Mujahid about human connectedness in Islam that can be used for a Khutba
Action Items for Hindu Americans
There are some Hindu Americans who are concerned about what is happening in India. But their voices are rarely heard, while RSS-oriented groups in America are loud. It is giving India a bad name and leading people to generalise about the country and its people. If Muslim Americans publicly speak out against terrorists and the RSS, it is important for Hindu Americans to liberate themselves from Indian nationalism enough to distance themselves from RSS and the Hindutva ideology
Since non-resident Indians have special rights in India, they should work to move India towards openness and democracy. Pass a resolution in Hindu Temples and Hindu organizations to:
Ask the Indian government to allow the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to visit India, which they have so far denied.
Ask the Indian government to allow US Senators and Congresspersons to visit Kashmir and Assam, which they have also so far denied.
Ask the Indian government to allow the United Nations full access to investigate, which has also been denied.
Strongly condemn the RSS and Hindutva ideology