ext. 2083 or 2001
Islamophobia is a form of racism that is an irrational fear of Islam and a hatred or dislike of Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim. Fear has led some to discriminate against, demonize and dehumanize Muslims. Political conflict, globalization and social media have led to negative attitudes, violence, harassment, discrimination and stereotyping of Muslims.
Misconception of Islam
The hijab, or headscarf, is oppressive.
Women who have chosen to wear the hijab do so as a sign of faith, like wearing the cross or yarmulke.
Islam is connected to hatred and terrorism.
Islam has been widely misportrayed by the media. The religion of Islam is centred on faith, hope and peace.
Islam is seen as not sharing common values with other major faiths.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam are monotheistic, Abrahamic faiths that share common beliefs in the oneness of God, prophets, divine revelation, angels and Satan. There are more similarities than differences.
3 Things You Can Do
Listen to the stories that Muslims tell about themselves. Muslim communities are very diverse!
Consider what biases you have, what myths you believe about Muslims and begin the difficult process of unlearning those myths.
Have difficult conversations
Challenge myths and confront everyday instances of Islamophobia and ignorance surrounding Muslims.
Source: City of Toronto