A woman was on a bus in Wales, talking to her son and minding her own business. A man sitting in front of them turned around and told her that while she was in the UK, she should be speaking English. An elderly lady instantly told the man off, saying “She’s in Wales and she’s speaking Welsh.” Why is this exchange so important? Because that mother was wearing a niqab and that man was being Islamophobic.
While most people are open-minded and accepting, there is a minority that is making people’s lives a living hell. Imagine you were walking down the street and someone shouted abuse at you because you were wearing a symbol of your religion. How would that make you feel? Would you want to defend yourself, or would you just put your head down and walk on? Now imagine that this happened every time you left your house. Would that symbol of your religion still be something you took pride in, or would it start to feel like a burden? No one deserves to feel that way about their religion or themselves.
There are many people who claim political motivations in their unreasonable hatred as if it was a legitimate defence. No matter what the motivations, the actions are hurtful and show an utter lack of education. It might be accurate to say that the average person isn’t well versed on aspects of religion different to their own and believe the media stories and negative opinions of others. A Christian wouldn’t think twice of having a christening for their child or a nun wearing a habit, but when they come across a Muslim child then they are being ‘indoctrinated’ and a woman wearing a hijab or burka is ‘oppressed’.
The solution to this problem is simple: ask questions. Educate yourself and others around you. Fear is bred from ignorance and it is making people suffer unnecessarily. In this day and age of free speech and all the knowledge available at our fingertips, there is no excuse to let ignorance and hate rule you.
Speak to our team at Unveiling Islam today.