Today marks the beginning of Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM), which highlights the threat of Islamophobic hate crimes and showcases the positive contributions of British Muslims to society.
IAM which was co-founded by MEND with other British organisations in 2012 to deconstruct and challenge the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.
What is islamophobia?
Islamophobia is a prejudice constructed as a result of ignorance, fear and hate towards a section of our community. Deeper than prejudice, it is systematic injustice that invades an individual’s personal and professional life.
While we won’t ever be able to destroy all forms of discrimination, there’s lots we can all do to deconstruct and challenge stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. For starters, we urge you to educate yourself, share your stories and experiences. This NUS article on Islamophobia Awareness Month is an interesting read as it highlights the ways in which Islamophobia manifests on campuses as well as what we can do as a collective.
Of course, one month will never be enough to raise awareness of such a critical issue but it’s vitally important that we stand together in solidarity to combat Islamophobia in all forms.
*If you need to report a hate crime we recommend contacting MEND.*