Jun 25, 2016 by Sheikh Mohammad Alhayek
Islamophobia is a term which refers to the establishment of fear and terror toward Islam and Muslims in the West. In a book written by Nathan Lean titled The Islamophobia Industry, Islamophobia is shown to involve many different conspirators such as politicians, journalists, institutions, and many other organizations working together to build a fear against Islam.
In a forward by a Georgetown university professor, it was shown in a Gallup survey that 31% of those surveyed expressed an unwillingness to have Muslim neighbors. With facts like these, there cannot be a denial that the industry of Islamophobia exists. It is a source for many financial parties to make millions and an opportunity for others to besmirch Islam.
Muslims in America still remain a minority, and their capacity against the huge industry of Islamophobia is limited. This is why Muslims need to equip themselves with preventative means. But no matter how powerful or intimidating outside forces may be, Allah (SWT) is always the means to protection.
"THOSE TO WHOM HYPOCRITES SAID, 'INDEED, THE PEOPLE HAVE GATHERED AGAINST YOU, SO FEAR THEM.' BUT IT [MERELY] INCREASED THEM IN FAITH, AND THEY SAID, 'SUFFICIENT FOR US IS ALLAH, AND [HE IS] THE BEST DISPOSER OF AFFAIRS.' SO THEY RETURNED WITH FAVOR FROM ALLAH AND BOUNTY, NO HARM HAVING TOUCHED THEM. AND THEY PURSUED THE PLEASURE OF ALLAH, AND ALLAH IS THE POSSESSOR OF GREAT BOUNTY. THAT IS ONLY SATAN WHO FRIGHTENS [YOU] OF HIS SUPPORTERS. SO FEAR THEM NOT, BUT FEAR ME, IF YOU ARE [INDEED] BELIEVERS."
('Ali `Imran: 173-175)
Forces that frighten such as Satan and Islamophobia can only be defeated through Allah (SWT). But many Muslims forget the importance and power of having faith in Allah. Faith makes miracles happen, and relying on Allah, the Almighty, while saying "sufficient for us is Allah, and He is the best Disposer of affairs" from the bottom of one’s heart, shall never be defeated. All events no matter how bad they may seem have a reason for happening. It is the challenge for a Muslim to keep his or her faith in the will of Allah.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "...BE MINDFUL OF ALLAH AND YOU SHALL FIND HIM WITH YOU. WHEN YOU ASK (FOR ANYTHING), ASK IT FROM ALLAH, AND IF YOU SEEK HELP, SEEK HELP FROM ALLAH.” (Bulugh al-Maram). Everything that happens to someone is from Allah and what He has predestined. In order to prevent the bad of divine decree, one needs to make efforts to make good deeds and prevent sins. Moreover, it is through supplication that Muslims protect themselves against outnumbering and evil forces.
Furthermore, the sayings of the Prophet (pbuh) have left Muslims with immense blessings and protective means against enemies of Islam. Something as simple as to reading the last three Surahs of The Quran during the morning and evening suffices one in all respects. This is truly an amazing power from the All-Mighty. When mentioning Allah (SWT), no brutal and oppressive power could remain undefeated, regardless of its nature and kind.
Overall, Muslims need to keep a strong faith in Allah and His means of protection. But faith must also be equipped with much learning, reading, and practice. It is urged that Muslims continuously recite the words of Allah and His prophet, seek his forgiveness, and ask for protection from all evil.