Muslims: Looking Past the Religion
Eid ul-Adha, a Muslim celebration, is observed on a specific day in the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, it began on the 11th of September and is set to end on the 15th of the same month. It honors the sacrifice of Ibrahim’s (Abraham) son in accordance with the will of god, relayed by his angel, Jibra’il (Gabriel).
It is an important event in their culture and is a peacefully celebrated fervently every year by Muslims around the world. Islamic worshipers from across the globe find their own ways of celebrating this holy holiday with their loved ones.
With the boom of media and terrorism nowadays , it can be a little hard to convince others that our Muslim brothers and sisters are just regular folk like us. There are, however, a large majority of people who do not like people who are different to them. If they are specifically against the practitioners of Islam, it is identified as Islamaphobia. When a Muslim person is attacked verbally or physically because of their race or the clothes they wear are connected to the religion, this type of harassment can be accounted as Islamaphobia.
The fear stems from past threats and attacks by people who claim to be adhering to the teachings of the Quran (Islam’s holy text), but most of this is a lie. A lot of the Islamic terrorists are no more than uneducated, farmers and workers, too poor to be taught the proper teachings of their religion. Terrorist groups target their naivety, seducing them with promises of care for their families, listing false crimes from the western countries or even twisting the holy word around to their advantage. This allows these poverty-stricken individuals to find a reason to take up arms for a cause they don’t truly understand.
We have to understand that these individuals represent only a tiny portion of the actual population. Not all Muslims, believe in terrorist acts nor hate other religions or races. It just happened that the media and people, in general explode, at the smallest of notions without looking into the facts surrounding the subject.
It isn’t only the Islamic practitioners who get the rap, though. Thousands of people in different cultures and religions around the world are subject to prejudice as well. We have to think to ourselves without being drawn into the media reports and claims of unreliable sources who have no evidence to back them up. Ask yourselves: “What do we really know about them?” It only takes an ounce of ignorance and rumor to lead to unwarranted hate.
Not every person is defined by their affiliations and their culture, but the human mind tends to jump to conclusions, especially when influenced by a massive group. We cannot judge people by their background alone but by the actions they take and the life they live as well. To end prejudice and hate, we must start with ourselves before anything else so that others may learn to do the same.