by Shahid Maqbool (Letters To The Editor, Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 9, Dhu al-Hijjah, 1434)
Islamophobia is a disease. It started when the message of Islam was first proclaimed.
Islamophobia is a disease. It is as old as Islam itself. Unfortunately, from the very beginning people with vested interests opposed Islam, first in Makkah and then as the message of Islam spread far and wide, in other parts of the world. Its principles of fairness, equality and justice were viewed as a threat. This is just as true today. Islamophobes are filled with hatred but it also reflects their fear that others may discover the truth about Islam, hence the systematic campaign of demonization. It will fail today as in the past.
Laval, PQ, Canada