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A European conference discusses the phenomenon of Islamophobia

Date: 03/11/2011 A.D 07/12/1432 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

Several news agencies reported a story about a call sent out by European academics and politicians to the political class and media outlets in the European continent to act in a responsible way when they deal with issues related to Islam and Muslims. This call was voiced in a conference called for by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to discuss the phenomenon of enmity towards Islam that has become prevalent in the European continent in the past years and which many media outlets have enflamed…

In the conference it held in its Headquarters in the Austrian Capital, Vienna, OSCE called for sounding the alarm to warn that the wave of enmity against Islam in Europe has reached such a dangerous level.

In a related story, Journalist Elizabeth Shiver said that it is feared that the political class in Europe is not really interested in confronting the phenomenon of enmity against Islam, having become a fruitful electoral material and a means for distracting the European public opinion from its dire problems. 

The Conference held by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe issued a list of recommendations that aim at putting an end to the negative influences of any anti-Islam issue in the European media outlets. One of these recommendations is adopting a booklet that explains all about Islam and Muslims, which was prepared by a group of researchers and set to be distributed amongst the educational institutions in the Member States… Observers consider that what really matters is how these recommendations will be applied on the ground.

Holding such conferences is very useful to curb the anti-Islam and anti-Muslim movement in Europe and other places, but what is more useful is coupling words with real actions, so that they do not remain mere cheap media and electoral propagandas.

In the same context, the innovative Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), had previously noted that the Muslim ought to work hard to gain the people in the West. He ought to study well how to penetrate and open up to them and improve the political and cultural discourse he addresses them with, until eventually, he can attract them to him…

[Extracted from the book: “The challenges of the Immigration countries”, p:23]

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