Donald Trump recently called for the “ban of all Muslims entering the U.S”. Trump stated all Muslims have hatred towards America and has been making them out to be a threat following the attacks of September 11th and the Paris bombings. This is not however an opinion only shared in America.
In the UK between 2010 and 2014, reports of Islamophobia went from 50% to 82%. In the same period, reports of negative stereotypes heard about Islam jumped from 69% to 93%. This is a dramatic rise even though Islamophobia increased dramatically after 9/11.
I sat with Majid Yasin from the Bournemouth Islamic centre and Central Mosque to discuss what it meant to be a Muslim and how he felt about the Paris attacks and terror around the world. He explained “Islam is peace. Islam encourages peace and condemns terror and hate”. He explains that most terrorism happening around the world isn’t reported on because it doesn’t affect major cities. He goes on to say that most Muslims would fight against terror and have joined the military or protested to do so.
“The government can fight terrorism. I will fight with you”.
Islamophobia has been a problem since 9/11 but will continue to increase as an issue as long as many people associate terror with Islam.Mijad believes the air strikes will only make matters worse and feels the government need to “calm down”. He explains that a lot of people “misunderstand what Islam stands for because they don’t ask”.