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Islamophobia is the term used to describe unfounded hostilities towards Muslims. Islamophobia has significantly been on the rise over recent years, and is undeniably something which we as a society need to address. However, this topic also become a taboo subject in some instances, as many just simply ignore the occurrences of Islamophobia in our society and try to pretend it does not exist.

Islamophobia is a real threat to Muslims across the world today, yet it is something many unfortunately avoid. Muslim women are also those more prone to attacks, such as physical or verbal abuse due, to street Islamophobia.

The reason being, Muslim women who choose to wear the Hijab or the Niqab are more easily recognised as being a follower of Islam and thus are more prone to Islamophobic attacks. A few examples include: Hijab’s being pulled off, stones being thrown, horrid verbal abuse every day, and hostile looks, mutterings etc.

The list just goes on and on. Some of these I share as I know that this happens due to personal experience. People misinterpret what Islam is due to organisations such as ISIS or terrorist attacks.

Zayd Shah, a third year student at DMU said, “Islamophobia is something that I personally and thankfully have not experienced, however, I can tell you that it surely does exist! The reason being the media and political agenda combined.

“It may seem the statement is baseless however when you see the largest newspapers having headlines focusing on ‘Muslims’, you can see quite clearly that these people are focused entirely upon the religion. This kind of media coverage and political statements makes it a fact that Islamophobia is being forced down our throats by highlighting the actions of black sheep in the religion.

“We live in a world where the news we watch, the online content we look at shows an extremely high rate of Islamophobia distilled into our everyday communications. When an attack has happened or a disastrous crime, when it is or has been assumed that a Muslim was the perpetrator, ‘Muslim’ is almost always in the headlines.

“However, we as Muslims know who we are, what being a Muslim is about and what being a follower of Islam entails. We do not accept violence, we do not accept hatred and we definitely do not and will not accept bigotry.

Ayaan Mohamed, a second year Pharmacy student at DMU said, “Islamophobia is constantly putting fear into people’s lives and manipulating them to be afraid of someone like my sweet mother, who inspires me to be the best that I can be. My poor mother who is the victim of bigotry and hate crimes because she’s a Muslim.”

The Islamic Society at DMU can be one focal point to show you what Islam is about and what we Muslims do in our spare time. Simply coming together as a community, sharing a spiritual journey and the want and desire to acknowledge our faith.

Islam is not a religion of violence or terror. A small minority may misrepresent it for the rest of the world, but that truly does not show Islam. So please refrain from listening to the information society gives you on Islam and making a rash judgement on that.