The Portrayal of Muslims in the Media

Since the September 2001 9/11 Terrorist attacks in America, Muslims have found themselves increasingly in the media for essentially all the wrong reasons. Although, this is partly the fault of the minority of the religion, it is also the fault of the media who have basically used this tragic incident as a reason to accentuate the portrayal of Muslims in a negative light.

Terrorism is one of the main reasons why Muslims are being presented in the way they are. However what people do not realise is that those terrorists who take it upon themselves to take the lives of hundreds and thousands of innocent people are not really following what their religion tells them to do, therefore it is debatable whether they can be classed as ‘Muslims.’

In verse 5:32 of the Qur’an, it states: ‘If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.’ This is because as Muslims, we believe that no- one is permitted to take a life except for God himself, therefore killing another innocent is as if you’re almost taking the power of God into your own hands, which is a major sin in the religion.

However, in this day and age, people (especially the media) do not care about this and continue to paint Muslims as the ‘evil people.’ It’s as if indirectly the media is trying to show the world that because of what a few people who lost their way did, it really means that every other Muslim would follow in their footsteps and become terrorists. What people need to realise is that there is approximately 2 billion Muslims in this world and if you are to believe everything in the media, it is therefore saying that there are almost 2 billion suicide bombers in this world. How ignorant.

In 2007 on the BBC News Website, one of the subheadings of an article: Muslims are being “demonised” by the British media, with 91% of reports being negative, research commissioned by the London Mayor has found.’ This clearly shows that even the people who aren’t Muslims themselves have realised that nearly all reports that have anything to do with Muslims are negative.

Thus meaning that when someone in the Muslim community does something wrong then they immediately get a lot of media coverage, however if the roles were reversed and that same person was doing something beneficial then it would be most likely that it would be overlooked. In 2012, Christopher Bail wrote an article about the negative portrayal of Muslims in the Media, below is a snippet of what he had to say after conducting thorough research into this:

‘When Muslim organizations put out many messages condemning terrorism, in response to nearly any incident, these press releases were usually dispassionate or mournful, and they received little media coverage.

However, when Muslim groups put out angry and emotional messages in response to various cases of discrimination against other Muslims; these messages got more media attention. To the newspaper-reading and TV-watching public, the impression is that Muslims care little about condemning terrorism and are over-sensitive to Islamophobia,’

Why is it that the world would rather see the negative side to Muslims than anything else?

Where is the ‘equality’ that the Western world seem to always encourage?

It just goes to show how biased the media can be when it benefits them most.

If you’re looking to stereotype – then look at the majority, not the minority.

Not all German people are supporters of Adolf Hitler.

Not all Irish people are supporters of the Irish Republic Army.

Just like that, not all Muslims are terrorists.

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Author: Nafeesah Chowdhury

Blog to express, not to impress.

8 thoughts on “The Portrayal of Muslims in the Media”

  1. Great article once again, highlighting a simple concept that an ‘intellectual’ society have trouble grasping – that the majority are not to be judged by the minority.

    Keep the posts rolling….

    :))))))))))

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  2. Hate and belittling and killing the infidels are reality before the terrorists attack since the early 195o.Killing the Christians and the Jews and burn their churches and Synagogues is an on going atrocities in the Middle-East.

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  3. When you pray five times a day you curse,condemn and despise the Infidels.You have honor killing,stone the adulteress ,forced marriage,harem,2 women equal to one male. Women are deficient in reason and religion according to your religion.

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    1. Once again, you are talking as if every single Muslim does things like that. Truth is only a minority of the religion do awful things (some of which you have mentioned) however, the media only choose to publicize the negative aspects of my religion, not the positive. Furthermore, I would just like to add that if people knew the real status of a woman in Islam – then everyone would want to be a Muslim! We believe heaven lies underneath a mother’s feet. She is a woman. We believe that a wife completes half the deen (his religion). She is a woman. Finally we believe that a daughter opens the doors of heaven for her father. She is also a woman, So before you start saying things like we believe that ‘women are deficient’ please do your research. Islam is a religion of peace.

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      1. We love the others and don’t call them “infidels.DO YOU DO the same?Killing Christians and burning their their churches out of hate is not peace,bomber blow themselves up to kill innocent babies is not peace,A man can divorce his wife any time for any reason is not peace,Raping little girls in India,Gulf States Iran Afghanistan is not peace.Thank you for your honesty and your reply.

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