Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Fellow American.. An Anti-Islamaphobic Film Project ...

With the anniversary of 911 still very much on our minds, it seemed suitable to repost this item I previously wrote on 11th of August. This is a cause very much on my mind, with thankfully the recent Islamophobic 'EDL' demonstration in London's Tower Hamlets being successfully repulsed!

With Islamophobia rising in many countries, not just Norway, the UK, and mainland Europe, but also in the US, an American film project has started to adress the issue in the US.

I recall after 9/11 American news reports of people of many faiths - not just Muslims but Sikhs, Hindus and others - all getting the blame for the attacks.

Islam is so misunderstood - and feared - by those of others faiths, or no faith at all.
'My Fellow American' is a film project in the United States devoted to recognizing that Muslims are our neighbors. They are part of the national fabric that holds our country together. They contribute to America in many ways, and deserve the same respect as any of us.
This is an excellent idea and I think we could do with this in the UK. Any film-makers want to think about a project like this?

To know our Muslim communities, know this: Tariq Jahan, who lost his son along with two others, in a racially motivated attack in Birmingham amid the riots, In the depths of grief, showed supreme dignity and spoke eloquently of the need for peace and calm. In London, Muslim residents came out in force to protect their communities in the midst of rioting and to ensure that locals were taken care of. That is the Islam that I have come to know.  

You can also check out the project on FaceBook here, and follow their Twitter Feed for updates. They also have a very good YouTube channel.