How Muslims are Being Scapegoated in the US and Europe in the wake of the Paris attacks


Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the Paris attacks, reportedly boasted about the ease with which he snuck into the city alongside refugees, and apparently was planning more attacks on Jewish centers and businesses. Abaaoud was killed during a police raid following the attacks.

Most Western nations have changed their refugee policies in the wake of the attacks. In the US, hate crimes and abuses against Muslim Americans have increased. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has even gone as far as to assert that in the days following the 9/11 attacks in the US, he saw thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey cheer the deaths. Even though numerous fact checkers have refuted his claims, he remains insistent that he was right.

One Response to “How Muslims are Being Scapegoated in the US and Europe in the wake of the Paris attacks”

  1. Iftikhar Ahmadon 30 Nov 2015 at 3:17 pm

    In the past, Muslim community was victim of Paki bashing by the British society. Now it is a victim of Islamophobia by the British media and Establishment.

    Muslim community is not suffering because of Paris attack. Western society and its schooling was and is the home of institutional racism. This is one of the main reason why Muslim parents would like to send their children to state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

    British schools are not doing enough to tackle racism and promote race relations. Many teachers are unaware of racist attitudes amongst pupils. Schools have a responsibility not only to deal with racist incidents but also to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural and multiracial society.

    Children from minority groups, especially the Muslims, are exposed to the pressure of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. They suffer academically, culturally and linguistically: a high proportion of children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are leaving British schools with low grades or no qualification.

    In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim community schools, I was declared a “school hijacker” by an editorial in the Newham Recorder newspaper in east London. This clearly shows that the British media does not believe in choice and diversity in the field of education and has no respect for those who are different.

    Muslim schools, in spite of meagre resources, have excelled to a further extent this year, with two schools achieving 100% A-C grades for five or more GCSEs. They beat well resourced state and independent schools in Birmingham and Hackney. Muslim schools are doing better because a majority of the teachers are Muslim. The pupils are not exposed to the pressures of racism, multiculturalism and bullying.

    A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. The whole world belongs to Muslims. He/she must learn and be well versed in Standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time, he/she must learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. For a Muslim English is an economic language and Arabic is a religious while Urdu and other community languages are social and emotional.

    Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector.

    There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society.



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