Conflicts And Discrimination Against Muslims

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Conflicts and discrimination against Muslims Islam is the fastest growing religion on the entire planet, yet it is misunderstood by millions. Every fifth person on the planet is a Muslim (Sardar and Davies, 2007 pg 11).Non-Muslims are very welcoming towards the new Muslims and have accepted their culture and also their way of life. Mosques and Islamic schools were opened, and Islam began to be an integral part of Canadian life. The religion of Islam is not a religion of hatred and violence, but a religion of respect for all humans and God. However, following their values according to the holy book Qur’an for example wearing different clothes, dietary restriction (eating pork), marriage with non-Muslims, bank interest, women working outside, raising their children according to their tradition etc have caused discrimination, racism and hatred against Muslims . The word “Terrorist”, “Explosions” have portrayed Islam and Muslims negatively since the events of September 11 2001. Many non-Muslims began to wonder if Islam was truly a religion of peace. Muslim immigrants began to come to Canada in small numbers around the turn of the century and until the end of World War II. Since this period, there has been a progressive increase in the number of Muslim immigrants to Canada. Canada is often described as a multicultural nation. But what does that mean? Simply it means that Canadians are not of any one cultural background, race or heritage. Instead, “Canadians today reflect a vast diversity of cultural heritages and racial groups. This multicultural diversity is a result of immigration” (Satzewich, 1992, pg 403). The clash of multiculturalism, religions, traditions, beliefs, and values causes discrimination, racism and hatred among each others. As walk down a street you may see blacks, south-east Asians, aboriginals, Chinese, Muslims, and Jews etc.
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