A bearded man, with a traditional Arabic white dress, walks in the crow. In the second panel, the man has a slightly closer view. We can choose the hatred in his eyes. He looks at people around him with an unprecedented hatred. As if the man in the white dress is going to do a great evil to them in a moment. In the third panel, a boy holding his mother’s hand is approaching the bearded man. The man’s gaze is fixed on the child. The kid says to his mom that he’s scared of the bearded man. Mom is replying: “do not be afraid honey, he’s just an ordinary person like us.” Then in the fourth panel, we see the man shouting as “Allah-u Akbar”. There are countless bodies that were devastated by the bomb: arms, legs, heads. Those are the remainder from the crowd. We have sees hundreds of deaths following an “Allah-u Akbar”.
If you are familiar with such an exagerated tragedy in the newspapers or comics, or on the Internet, you’re not a stranger to the phenomena of Islamophobia. For milions of people in the Western World, “Allah-u Akbar” is associated with terrorist attacks. Even they think that it is like a motto that must be said just before the bombing. For one whose adequate knowledge on Islam as a religion, it is not difficult to understand that this faith, like all others, does not have an implication of terrorist attacks that caused to thousands of deaths. However, generally the media does not take care of the strong will of the great majority of Muslims against so-called Islamic terrorism. As a matter of fact, many of the media organizations does not give place to this will as much as news on a bomb attack.
In 3 May 2016, the first report on Islamophobia (EIR 2015) in Europe was presented in the EU Parliament. Such a promising project make inspirations for further works on an observatory for Islamophobia both in Europe and the whole western world. As it was written in the introduction of the report: The editors felt a need to adress this problem rapidly because of the rise of xenophobia and anti-Muslim tendency in Europe. The report was mainly based on the previous year, 2015. Absolutely, it was an incomparably crucial period in Europe for changing the view of Muslims. In the report, the contributors has mainly focused on acts and issues would be described within Islamophobia in the particular European countries. It deals with how Islamophobia is seen in employment, education, politics, and justice.
The report also give a sense of the hatred or biases against Muslims in media and the Internet. It contains 25 country reports regarding each state and the tendencies of Islamophobia in each respective country. The European Islamophobia Report compiled by Enes Bayraklı and Farid Hafez, the 582-page report.has such findings: – In countries like Hungary, Finland, Lithuania or Latvia, where only a small number of Muslims live, Islamophobia functions as a successful means to mobilize people. -Attacks in Paris that took place in 2015 became a discursive event that shaped the debates on Islam and Muslims throughout Europe – The refugee-migration-Islam-terrorism nexus became the standard argument justifying a number of domestic and international measures. So, it is clear that many of non-Muslim people in Europe think that Muslims cannot be integrated in the European social structure. The authors stress the significance of the issue: Islamophobia poses a great risk to the democratic foundations of European constitutions and social peace as well as the coexistence of different cultures throughout Europe. Both civil society actors and states should acknowledge the seriousness of this issue and develop concrete policies to counter Islamophobia. It was not surprising that the rising migration crisis across Europe would trigger xenophobic tendencies against Muslims and refugees. Such studies may offer a unique opportunity to reveal the extent of the danger that threat not only Europe but the whole world.