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Why do people around the world are afraid of Islam? What is this so called Islamophobia? Is it contagious? Is it dangerous?
Yes, this word is the most famous word in the world, famous in search engines and maybe the internet community. Islamophobia consist of two words, Islam and phobia. Islam came from Arabic word Salam – that is a word that means ‘submission or surrender’, but also can be translated as peace and harmony.
Islam as a whole phrase can be translated simply as: a religion the believers believe in Allah, have faith in the Last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad Rasulullah and his teaching, and also believe in other prophets send by Allah, believe in al-Quran as the Book of Allah and guidance but also believe in other books such as Torath, Bible and Zabur. Phobia comes from Greek word Phobos meaning fear or morbid fear. In phrase we can translate Phobia as “An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something”. It is a type of anxiety disorder cause by persistent fear of things, objects, situation, people, organization or cause from one owns’ imagination.
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So combine these two words Islam and Phobia and we get a new word, Islamophobia. What is actually this Islamophobia thing? Oxford Dictionary Online translates Islamophobia as: noun; a hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.Collins English Dictionary Online translates Islamophobia as hatred or fear of Muslims or of their politics or culture. That’s right, fear of Islam or Muslims. Why should other people fear of Islam and Muslims in the first place? Why the people of the world are being brainwashed by the media to fear Muslim and Islam? Is there any concrete reason for that?
People tend to be afraid of something they cannot or didn’t understand. For example a man named John, John works as a professional skydiver, he do stunts and also teach people how to skydiving. But let’s say if there’s a bank coming to him asking him to audit their account, will John do it out of knowledge? Nah, 100 % guarantee he won’t. He will be afraid to do it because he doesn’t know accounting or doesn’t even have knowledge. Got the idea here? That is also the same situation happening to human and people all over the world when being mentioned about Islam. They don’t know, they don’t understand that’s why they are afraid of Islam.