From the first days of their birth my mother-in-law has been teaching her grandchildren the traits of Islam. Hopefully they will grow up into faithful and strong Ummah in the future. Most of the grandchildren are aged below 5, except the oldest girl, who is already 10. Having seen videos about the violence in France, she called my mother-in-law and asked why Muslims are terrorists… In the discussion to follow I would like to introduce you the ghastliest terrorists of the world, mass media.
The 9/11 tragedy in 2001 sealed a terrorist mark on ALL Muslims of the world, accusing them for further incidents as bombing in Indonesia, Turkey, Spain and England (Sirin & Balsano, 2007). Today, Muslims again appear to be the most atrocious Homo sapiens that unreasonably killed innocent people in France, despite the previous offensive actions towards the Prophet. The power of mass communication turned the whole world against Muslims. How did it happen?
Media outlets surround us everywhere: we wake up in the morning listening to the news, go to bed after the news and listen to the news on the way to work and back. Therefore, news is omnipotent driver of the society (Norris et al., 2003). Whether the people accept the new reform or reject depends on fingers of the feature writer. Unfortunately, due to the global demands and speed, the knights of the pen have to make up or even exaggerate the twists and turns of the news, neglecting the “background factors”(Norris et al., 2003, p. 8). I wonder has any of such facile newssupermen thought of dismembered current and future life of Muslim children.
Our children are lucky to live in the society preponderated by Muslims for 70%. Otherwise, they would suffer as 10% of Muslims DO now in France because of remarkable discrimination. Although the whole world tries to blame Muslims for all faults, there is a lack of sufficient and reliable investigations on Muslims most of which cover merely “veiling” and female education (Sirin & Balsano, 2007, p. 1). What is worse, none of them cover the impact of terrorist incident outcomes on Muslim adolescents and their academic and social achievements (Sirin & Balsano, 2007). Widespread velocity news frames are only interested in raising money and acclamation exacerbating the situation.
2 billion Muslims are praying for justice and adequate attitude on the Earth. Let us hope and pray that one day the pencil pushers will start working with good conscience and distribute trustworthy information.
Norris, P., Kern, M., & Just, M. R. (Eds.). (2003). Framing terrorism: The news media, the government, and the public. Psychology Press.
Sirin, S., & Balsano, A. (2007). Editors’ Introduction: Pathways to identity and positive development among Muslim youth in the West. Applied Development Science, 11(3), 109–111.