Muslims and Islam have been long suffering from the communities they live in turning against them. Why?
Muslims haven’t been creating havoc in the towns and cities in which we live. So why is there so much hatred and animosity against Muslims? Why is it that if I walk on an estate or past a pub or just past a group of young non-Muslim men, I will get looked at weirdly, have comments muttered at me and sometimes even have racist and degrading obscenities shouted at me?
I haven’t done anything to them! Or anyone else for that matter. So what’s brought this on? None of the Muslims in my community have done anything either! So where is all this anger at us coming from? What exactly is it that we have done?
We don’t impose on our non-Muslim neighbours and force them into doing things against their will. We contribute and work hard in the local economies, pay our taxes, visit the Masjid, go shopping, play in the park, wear Islamic dress, joke around. We live in a society where there are supposedly ‘equal opportunities’ and where we are allowed to practise our deen, just like others are. So what is it, that we have done to harm the people around us?
The answer: WE haven’t done anything!
But the media has!
The media is the world’s worst enemy! It drums up stories, exaggerates them, sensationalises them to the point where lies are being told, people are being slandered, gossip reigns, and the communities are being influenced into believing things that simply aren’t true! Some stories do not even serve any kind of public interest at all! A story may have a couple of truths contained with it but around that are twisted opinions and language that inflames the people and turns them against the Muslims, against Islam and makes them brave enough to slander us and march and protest in the streets against us (see my post on the English Defence League: http://standup4islam.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/english-defence-league-show-their-true-racist-colours-in-bradford-uk/).
The media has been waging a brutal campaign against Muslims for years – the jewish-controlled media, may I remind you! They are no different to those who are actively inciting hatred against the Muslims, such as the BNP (British National Party), the EDL (English Defence League) and other terrorist groups. And they hide behind the guise of freedom of speech – what rubbish! There is no such thing as freedom of speech unless you think it’s ok to demonise, slander and degrade people. Every action bears some responsibility – especially those actions from the tongue!
“O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah, verily, Allah is the One Who Accepts repentance, Most Merciful” [Al-Hujuraat 49:12]
Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet pbuh said, “Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger Know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of Allah pbuh said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” [Muslim]
Sahl ibn Sa’d narrated that the Messenger of Allah pbuh said, “Who protects his tongue from unlawful utterances and his private parts from illegal sexual intercourse, I shall guarantee him entrance into Paradise.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
Below is a list, which I will try to keep updated, of what the Sun newspaper is propagating in the UK. reaching millions of people monthly. There are many articles that I will probably have missed – if I have, please contact me and let me know. This clearly shows that the Sun has an agenda against Muslims and Islam. It is building up hatred in our societies and this cannot be allowed to continue unchallenged.
So challenge this and write in to the Sun, complain EVERY time they label Muslims and Islam, slander Muslims and Islam, degrade Muslims and Islam.
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Latest Daily Headlines and Stories in The Sun:
9th October 2010: No veil in court, JPs tell Muslim
Photo of a woman in niqaab but not the woman whom the story is about. Muslim woman wearing niqaab was asked to take off her veil whilst testifying in court.
24th September 2010: College ban on veil
Photo of woman in niqaab. Burnley college bans the veil. Sarah Sharples, 18, said: “They might as well put up a sign saying anyone wearing a headscarf is a terrorist.”
20th September 2010: Terrorist Brit held in swoop at airport
Article about a muslim ‘terrorist’ arrested by Dutch officials – article calls him a terrorist without any evidence that he IS a terrorist!
20th September 2010: Halaal meat secretly served to thousands
A picture is used to show ‘halaal butchers’ slaughtering a cow – there isn’t even a Muslim in the photo. Article uses exaggerations like ‘storm of protest’, ‘the butchery method’, ‘barbarically cruel’ – surprising isn’t it that the Sun doesn’t complain about the Kosher food of the jews.
18th September 2010: Rangers star nicked in Dubai
Britain is intolerant and does not respect the laws of other countries – uses words like ‘harsh punishment in the Arab state’
27th August 2010: 800 fanatical Muslim lags
Muslims described as fanatical – always linking religion to negative terms. We don’t see regular articles that “White Christian man rapes woman” or “Greedy Jewish banker swindles customers’ money”. Article uses words like “Islamic terror groups”, “preachers of hate”
26th August 2010: Terror rant on Extremist site
Articles uses words like “Terror”, “fanatics”, “hate preachers”
6th August 2010: Brit Mum arrested in Dubai strip row
Britian is intolerant to and ignorant of and disrespectful of the laws of other countries. Describes Muslim woman’s reaction as “screaming” – an exaggeration? Claims the British woman was “subjected to a three-day ordeal” and provides no evidence to support the claims of the article.
27th July 2010: Race Yob jailed for two years
Shows photo of a woman in a niqaab but the article is about a Muslim woman whose hijaab was “ripped off”.
19th July 2010: We’ll keep the burka says Green
Shows photo of a woman in niqaab. Article says “Muslim Women will be allowed to continue to wear the burka” – this is not for the UK to say what is ALLOWED to Muslim women. Article claims it is “…offensive for women to be denied face-to-face contact” – they are not denied, this is choice and respect for Muslim women!
5th July 2010: Pool blacked out for Muslim Swim
Shows photo of a woman in niqaab. Article is very negative about local Council listening to the views of Muslim women – “stark, raving mad” are some of the words used. So much for tolerance!
19th June 2010: Muslim who abused troops is ex-Boxing ace
Describes a Muslim ex-boxer as a chump – dishonouring him in public! Exaggerated language – “Muslim screamed abuse”. The Muslim is described as an extremist for acting in a way that people who are against war behave.
3rd June 2010: I’ll go to jail for right to wear the face veil
Comments under this article are nothing short of inflammatory.
18th May 2010: First case of burka rage
Photo of woman in niqaab. Using wording like BURKA RAGE is obviously degradign and inflammatory. Article is against the burka with no comments to balance this view.
12th May 2010: Muslim scarf row girl ‘truant’
Article shows the disrespect Britain has for Islam. The article shows no respect for the dignity of the Masjid.
12th May 2010: Hunt for burka wearing robber
Article about a man dressing up in a niqaab to carry out robbery. No comments about whether this behaviour should be condemned, on top of the burglary.
12th May 2010: Freedom, equality? Not for Muslims
Photo of woman in niqaab. Comments by sun reporter who clearly does not support the niqaaba nd says so in the story – how is this balanced?
30th April 2010: Belgium first to ban the burka
Shows photo of woman in niqaab. No comments to balance the article from those in support of the niqaab.
28th April 2010: The Simpson shows support for South Park after they upset a Muslim Radical group
Why describe Muslims as ‘radical’ when TV programs are offensive to Muslims?
24th April 2010: Woman driver fined for wearing a burka
Photo of a woman in niqaab shown – clearly a model dressed up. Story from anti0burka France with n counter comment to balance the article.
22nd April 2010: Muslim fanatics warn South Park
Similar to above article
9th April 2010: Woman killed by burka on go-cart
Photo of woman in niqaab used – clearly the photo is of a non-Muslim wearing a niqaab. Clearly the article is trying to attack the burka as being unsafe, rather than question the normal practise of drivers wearing helmets whilst go-karting.
8th April 2010: CIA attempt to assassinate radical Muslim Anwar Al-Awlaki
Sheikh is being accused in the article without any evidence being put forward and described as ‘radical’
1st April 2010: Mum braves TV burka backlash
Photo of woman dressed in niqaab. Story about a mother who appears on Saudi version of X-Factor in niqaab. Some very anti-Islamic terminology used but no counter-balancing comments.
23rd March 2010: MPs race hate burka probe
Photo of woman in niqaab, clearly not a Muslim. MP makes derogatory comments about burka – nothing in the article to say that he was wrong but plenty of comments from him.
12th January 2010: Muslim fanatics set free to rant against freedom
Muslims described as “hate-filled”, “fanatics”, “ranting”
9th January 2010: Ban the burka?
Sun uses two ‘Muslim’ women, who do not wear niqqb, to argue for and against the niqaab. This is a religious thing, not something determined by women who do not wear niqaab. No scholarly comment asked for.
7th Janary 2010: Women to face £700 burka fine
Photo of woman in burka. Story say £700 fine but it’s about the situation in Framce, so why use pounds sterling and not euros? This starts to create tension with people cos they will think it is happening in UK. No balanced views in this story.
2nd January 2010: ‘BBC prefer a Muslim to me’
Exaggerations galore – writer “attacks” BBC and degrades Muslims by saying the selection process is unfair and biased – what has this to do with Muslims? This is about the policy and procedures of the BBC – Muslims shouldn’t have been brought into it.
28th December 2009: Bomber at the Palace
Article uses terms like “extremist”, “potential mass murderer”
9th December 2009: Hotel bosses bomb rant
Two hotel owners insulted a Muslim guest – not a guest, a Muslim guest – why does the Sun always describe people’s religious beliefs when portraying Muslims – this isn’t done for any other faith. The article is reporting on a case going through court and ensuring readers draw conclusions without having listened to the whole case – very irresponsible reporting. Also, why report on this?
5th December 2009: Don’t call extremists ‘extremists’
Article reports that guidance on how to label Muslims is “daft”
29th November 2009: Barbie in a burka
Inflammatory article – look at the comments under the article which show how people react to the article.
5th November 2009: British Muslim cleared
Article describes ‘accused’ as “…the Muslim could go free..”
3rd November 2009: Mum hid bomb kit in her burka
Article uses words like “DIY terror kit”
24th October 2009: College bans Muslim woman for refusing to remove veil
Photo shown of woman in niqaab. Intolerance against Muslim women.
19th October 2009: Hate Preacher Tells Queen: Turn Muslim
Exaggerated language: “Hate preacher… sparked fury”, “rabble rousing cleric”
14th August 2009: MP’s fury at Muslim wedding row
An MP was invited to a Muslim wedding and “left fuming” – what a show of disrespect towards a host! Again, intolerance towards Islam and Muslims.
4th August 2009: ‘Muslim Day’ for officers
Muslim initiative described as a “waste of taxpayers money” – again, negative story against Muslims, building on a negative image against Muslims and Islam. No applauds for trying to strengthen communities and tolerance.
14th March 2009: Muslim radicals made me hate Britain
“Muslim radicals” – why describe ALL Muslims like that? Other negative language includes “terrorist haven Pakistan”, “Muslim fanatics” etc
7th March 2009: Kids’ gym axed in Muslim fury
Muslim fury??? Every Muslim?? Photo of a woman wearing niqaab.
9th February 2009: Ban after Muslims goes Christian
Another case of intolerance
5th January 2009: Muslim’s £16.7m bid for bank ‘sex slur’
A bank worker is described as Muslim and then the article highlights the case which has nothing at all to do with the woman being Muslim.
Call against reading these papers! Write in to the papers and stop their incitement! Complain about the attitudes of the newspaper and the way it negatively portrays Muslims and Islam.
To contact The Sun: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/article296174.ece
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