Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nayzak [part 3]:Misunderstood, feared & hated

jalan2 sekitar alam maya tadi.. terserempak dengan karya terbaru dari Nayzak. Interesting. 
Korang kena baca. InsyaAllah takkan nyesal punye. meh sama2 kite belaja sesuatu dr pembacaan entry  ini. 

today I'd like to talk a little about Stereotype.

On April 19, 1995, a big deadly terrorist attack transformed Oklahoma City into the center of the media universe. Reporters from all over the world swarmed to cover the bombing of the city's federal building, where 167 people died.
But unknown to most people at the time was the tragedy that happened next. At least 220 attacks were committed against Muslims and Arab-Americans after the FBI said that three Middle Eastern men were the prime suspects in the bombing.
There was a rush to point the finger in the four days before authorities charged former U.S. Army serviceman Timothy McVeigh in the bombing.

"Bombing happened => the suspect must be a Muslim." sadly this is how many westerners (who are not familiar with Islam) think.

the West has many stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam that are due to the media, prejudice, and ignorance. Islam is often looked upon as a "extremist", "terrorist", or "fundamental" religion. Many people hate Islam and do not want to to try to know more about it. In many cases, the media’s reports about Islam are incorrect due to ignorance. 

The major factor which contributes to Islamic stereotyping in the West is due to the media’s ignorance of selecting their words that describe Muslims. Some common names heard or seen in the news about Muslims are "extremist" or "terrorist". These words are misleading and are mainly anti-Islamic.
Adding to the fact that the media creates inaccurate ideas about Islam, the Western media is also very influential to its audiences in making negative Islamic stereotypes.

There are over 1.3 billion Muslims among the 6.6 billion people in today’s world, and 45 of the world’s 193 nation states are largely or predominantly Muslim. The economic circumstances, religious attitudes and political preferences of these Muslims vary widely, of course. The vast majority are moderate, responsible citizens, who are the same as people everywhere. They want meaning and purpose in their lives, sustenance and economic opportunity, family, friends and happiness. among these Muslims, there are the bad ones, and there are also the good ones. 

Today in the west, there are three types of Muslims: immigrants, converts and those born to either group. but many Westerners don't know this. they think that a Muslim must be an outsider. by thinking like this, they are denying the native Western Muslims their Western identity. do not think an American who happen to be a Muslim is no more American!

The best solution to defeat this stereotype and avoid discrimination and prejudice is to learn about these people that are different. when we learn about each other, we know the truth from falsehood and we won't be fearing each other. so let's all be learning.

I hope that was beneficial.

thanks Nayzak. malas2 ponnn drawing maseh meletop n  edpt buat ntry  yg mantap.
Wallahu'alam. :) 

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