In today's environment of extreme Islamophobia, a widespread view exists that Islam is a backward religion that impedes progress and innovation, a view that stems largely from the media focus on ISIS, Boko Haram, and similar groups whose ideologies, values, and actions are antithetical to those upheld by the great majority of Muslims worldwide. This view is in large part due to media coverage about Muslims, even if individually factually accurate, often stereotypes Muslims in an overwhelmingly negative light. Not enough people interact with Muslims on a regular basis, so unfortunately most Americans get their impressions of us from the media and politicians, which often traffic in horrid stereotypes.
What can you do to address the impact of Islamophobia?
Islamophobia has real world consequences, including intimidation, harassment, and discrimination. It also impacts our Muslim youth, who are often ashamed of their Muslim identity because of the negative actions of some Muslims who dominate the narrative. On Saturday, April 28, 2018 (9:30 AM - 3:30 PM), CAIR-DFW and ISB-DFW in collaboration with ING, are conducting an important daylong Speaker training at IACC (West Plano Masjid) for Muslims to be active in public education and interfaith outreach, because it's critical that we get our stories in front of our fellow Americans.
The ISB Speaker training provides you with the tools to answer difficult questions and to present effectively about Islam and Muslims in your sphere of influence. Sr. Ameena Jandali, content director for ING from the San Francisco Bay Area, will be coming in person to conduct the training. This program is open to all adults (ages 15 and up).