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Does My Religion Frighten You?

It’s time to accept Muslims as a vital part of British society and end the use of the term ‘Islamic Terrorism’.

The United Kingdom is a multicultural and diverse society. It is estimated that 15% of the total population of Britain is foreign-born, and this doesn’t include the second and third-generation immigrants residing in the UK. Some say that living in a multicultural society increases the quality of life due to the exchange of values, habits and ideas.

Contrarily, some believe that the existing values of the society are already sufficient, and cultural exchange leads to dilution of what they call ‘British’, giving rise to fear that the UK won’t be the country they once remembered it to be.

Now both of these arguments are valid if supported by ample authority. The biggest threat to the ‘protectors’ of British culture is Islam, the beastly culture, a plague with only one aim, ‘bomb all the infidels and implement sharia law’. Muslims are blamed for terrorist incidents with the constant coining of the term ‘Islamic terrorism’. It’s easy to blame Islam for all the ‘bad things’, but is it sustainable? No, certainly not.

The first tragic terrorist attack in the UK labelled ‘Islamic’ was the 7/7 London bombings. Fifty-two innocent people died, and the perpetrators were all Muslim. Ever since then, ten out of nineteen terrorist incidents have been labelled ‘Islamic’. But how Islamic were they? How much of a part does being Muslim play in motivating these terrorists to blow people up and wreak havoc?

A very insignificant part. Muslims have resided in the UK for centuries, and a significant influx was immigration from South Asia during the mid 20th century for economic reasons. If Islam was to blame for the horrific attacks, why didn’t these barbaric people think of ‘bombing the infidels’ for a big chunk of the 20th century? The London bombings were associated with the war on Iraq, which led to the death of thousands. The reasons were purely political, to gain influence in the region by ousting Saddam Hussein.

These are the same political reasons to gain control and power which motivate these supposedly Muslim militants to perpetrate terrorist attacks and use a tampered description of Islam to promise heaven to suicide bombers.

The issue isn’t religious but political. If we look back at the history, IRA was the main culprit for acts of terrorism in the UK for most of the 20th century. But was it ever called ‘catholic terrorism’? No. Then why would you call terrorists motivated by political reasons, regardless of the religious cloak, “Islamic terrorists”.

Ever since the mainstreaming of the anti-Islam narrative, the life of a Muslim has been living hell. We are the victim of islamophobia at airports, schools and work just for looking a certain way which we didn’t choose and having beliefs that others don’t agree with. The narrative is so strong that the primary debate after the recent Liverpool bombing was whether the bomber, a Christian convert, was an actual Christian or used the religion to ‘fit in’ and plan a terrorist attack with Islamic motivation.

The impact on the social fabric in the UK is massive. Around 5% of the population in the UK is Muslim. Moreover, a record number of Britons are converting to Islam, with approximately 5,000 people converting each year. Likewise, the rise in Islamophobia is creating a severe problem for the functioning of society. A massive part of society being disfranchised by others and authorities while being blamed for the failure of the government to provide security to its people can lead to a segregated society. 

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the same pattern was followed by the likes of Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa. The United Kingdom isn’t anything like these examples, but the government and media need to put in an effort to curb the rise of islamophobia, and it starts with stopping the use of the term Islamic terrorism.

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