Muslims After 9/11

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After a horrible terroristic attack that shocked the whole world on September 11th in the center of New York City, Muslims in the Western world have been constantly fighting against prejudice. After September 11, media interest in Islam increased, where Islam was usually portrayed in a negative way. Before 9/11, many Muslims lived the normal, everyday life. However, the attack has changed lives of many people that belonged to the Muslim community, where they were the victims of guilt. Unfortunately, many Americans were introduced to Islam, after the 9/11 attack, thus even till today, Islam is associated with terrorism. For the past ten years, Muslims felt excluded from the American society by being rifled, attacked, discriminated, checked by FBI and controlled at the airports. At first, it might have seemed that with time the Western world will heal from the scratches, however, the scratches of 9/11 turned out to be the scars. Even now, Muslims and their religion are insulted through the nasty gazes and comments, threat of burning of the Quran, and publication of Muhammad cartoons, as well as the anti-Islamic movie. Though Muslims were isolated from the world stage before 9/11, they have, since then, been vilified through the influence of the mass media. Nowadays, for many people, terrorism is closely related to Islam. However, not many know that most Islamic terrorists, such as suicide couriers are linked not to all Islam, but rather to a specific branch, Wahhabism. Wahhabi is predominant mostly in Saudi Arabia, and for the past decade has been exported to Afghanistan and to the United States (Mamdani, 2). Wahabbists are the fundamentalists of Islamic religion; however, they are the minority of people living in the West, while the majority of Muslims are people that are just fighting for their equal rights (Werbner, 8). Also, let’s not forget that fundamentalism is not only unique to Islam, but exists within other religions. Islam cannot be only stereotypically related to terrorism, and said to be a ‘bad’ religion. Each culture has “good” people and “bad” people, and Islam is not an exception. Unfortunately, the media does not usually portray Muslims that are happy, celebrating some occasion and doing everyday things like normal people, rather it usually talks about terrorists or aggressive attacks when mentioning Islam. The Middle East to the Western world seems like chaotic place, full of aggressive people that hate the Europeans and Americans. Of course, after portraying such an image in media, people fear Islam and think of it as an aggressive religion, which is dangerous to the society. Today, Muslims are targets of discrimination and have even replaced other minority groups such as Asians and African-American. Modood, for example, argues that Muslims are singled out from other Asians and Blacks as specific targets of racial attacks and that this is reflected in statistics that show Muslims to be the most disadvantaged group in British society, with higher unemployment rates and lower educational qualifications than any other migrant-settler group (Werbner, 8). This can be even related to North America and Europe where Muslims are one of the most discriminating groups. It is understandable that after so many terroristic attacks by fanatic Muslims, people disapprove and fear Muslims. However, each nation makes mistakes, and it is important to forget, in order to pursuit a civilized life. During the Bush administration, American Muslims lost their freedom of action, because the United States could not forget and forgive what was done during the 9/11 attack. At the same time, United States made mistakes as well, such as the genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans, but when the administration of Bush was reminded of those mistakes during the World Congress in 2001, it chose to leave and to not listen. So, why should the United States be forgiven for their mistakes, but the conditions of many...
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