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As established in Part 1, Muslims are not monolithic at all. To understand our problem we must look to the concept of race, ethnicity and culture to further evaluate the term Islamophobia. Using the label Islamophobe in politically correct or activist terms is calling out bigotry. However, many non-Muslims, often see it as something else, something unjust.

Islamophobia is Stupid: Part II

Islamophobia is stupid: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allāh, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allāh. For Allāh is well-acquainted with all that you do.” - (Qur'an 5:8)

As established in Part 1, Muslims are not monolithic at all. To further evaluate the term Islamophobia we must look to the concepts of race, ethnicity and culture.

Using the label Islamophobe in politically correct or in activist terms is calling out bigotry. However, many non-Muslims, often see it as something else, something unjust. To see this from their perspective we have to digress for a moment.

Before we do, consider the words of one of the most successful political communication strategist of modern campaigning, Dr. Frank Luntz. In his book Words that Work: It's not what you say it's what people hear,

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About Iesa Galloway

Paul "Iesa" Galloway is a native born Texan. He was recently called "the Yoda of interfaith affairs" by a colleague from his daytime gig. After hours Iesa serves as a consultant, messaging strategist and trainer on media, government and community relations. Iesa is a product of the "Military Brat" experience of the 1990's on US Army bases in Germany he has traveled extensively, for extended periods in Kenya, Hungary and Communist Poland on missionary trips, visited Communist East Germany with the Boy Scouts of America, as well as enjoyed time in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Holland and Austria. Since embracing Islam, Iesa was asked to be the founding Executive Director of CAIR-Houston, where he served the community from 2002 to 2006, he has completed the Hajj pilgrimage, participated in an interfaith pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Society for Biblical Studies and completed a study abroad program on the history of Islamic Spain, Morocco and Andalusian Philosophy with the University of Houston. Iesa's education is rooted in History and Public Relations and he has a interfaith and multiracial background.

11 comments

  1. THANK YOU! I seriously hope other Muslim thought leaders will take this article seriously as well as read Dr Luntz’s book. Islamophobia is a seriously weak, victimish term that doesn’t describe the reality of our situation properly.

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  2. Great series, Iesa! I agree that fear of Islam and racism are inextricably mixed right now in the public’s view, and they ‘re not even aware of it. I don’t see a lot of the current “Islamophobia” directed at the African-American Muslim community, for example, which reinforces my belief that current fears aren’t based so much on theology but borne of a wound incurred on Sept. 11 that simply hasn’t healed. Middle Easterners or South Asians are “Islamophobe” targets because they “look like”, at a subliminal level, the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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  3. Excellent points and I hope Muslims leaders in US get to read it.

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  4. As Salamu Aleykoum

    Agree with you Islamophbia is stupid. Good and very nice point of view
    jazakAllah Allah Kheyran for this article
    Islam de France

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  5. Islamophobia (I hate that word) is alive and well on Fox News?

    Juan Williams should have checked himself before making his biased statements about Muslims. Even though I believe he should have been fired, it’s time we Muslims do more (yes, we’ve done a lot) to decrease Islamophobia.

    Inshallah, this article will help.

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    • Nice ending to your article:

      “But here’s a test. What if a white commentator has said: “I get nervous when I see black people enter a store I’m in wearing hip-hop garb.” How does that sound?”

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  6. Murabitun Takruri

    Salamu Alaykum from toronto, Canada

    MashAllah great points and article. Everyone should read it. I have used the word “Islamaphobia” and i always understood it that it means somone who is anti-islam or anti-muslims.
    We have a lot to learn, inshAllah

    wa salam

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    • Yes we do. May Allah guide us to beneficial knowledge and beautiful conduct. May Allah forgive my mistakes and allow any good in my work to be understood, accepted and implemented.

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  7. Good News to Islamophobo,

    Tony Blair’s sister-in-law converts to Islam.

    Say Allahu Akbar.

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