Al-Andalusi

Al-Andalusi

Online is a great place for harvesting knowledge. Additionally it is the entire world's primary repository of digital trash and misinformation, plus it seems to be a mechanism of unparalleled efficiency with regards to spreading prejudice.

It surely made me mad! And I also don't get angry frequently - perhaps not at emails anyhow.

As a representative of the church I get more than my reasonable share of cyber-trash attempting to deride non-Christian religions and cast suspicion on my Islamic neighbors, therefore I really didn't think there was something that the smug, white supremacist globe could throw at me that will shock me. I was wrong.

It was a message by having a photograph of a storefront of a shop somewhere in Texas. Obviously noticeable on the glass door regarding the storefront was a sign that explained that the store was closed for the day once the proprietor ended up being commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Ali. The email then reported that Imam Ali was one of many 9/11 hijackers who died in the Twin Towers assault!

The writer of the e-mail then continued to helpfully supply the title and location that is exact of shop making sure that anybody in your community by having a spare Molotov Cocktail would know wherever to hurl it. After all, why shouldn't this guy have his shop trashed and their company destroyed? Why should not he be lynched in reality? Does anything less than death befit such an arrogant traitor that is anti-American boldly shows his reverence for America's enemies on his shopfront screen?

The only issue with this scenario of course is that Imam Ali wasn't one of the 9/11 hijackers. Imam Ali ended up being the son-in-law regarding the prophet Mohammed and had been assassinated while praying into the year 661. Imam Ali had the maximum amount of to do with the 9/11 tragedy as did Mohammed Ali, and what's more, the author regarding the email will need to have known that!
al-Andalusi is just a research fellow for Yaqeen Institute plus the creator regarding the Andalusian venture, a research that is independent for counter-Islamophobia studies. He holds levels both in Western and Islamic Philosophy and is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Islamic Studies. He specializes in topics associated with the philosophy of science, atheism, terrorism, Islamic political idea and ethics, along with other dilemmas surrounding the worldwide community that is muslim.
Back into the email...

The thing that was running through the writer's head when he looked at staging this hoax. It mayn't have simply been a reaction that is knee-jerk. This person had taken the time to obtain a good photo of this shop, having a clear image of this indication exhibited in the screen. He'd then embedded it within an html email and crafted their story. He will need to have known the prospect of damage.

Had been he probably the owner of the competing shop into the exact same mall? That's feasible, and it could have been an way that is effective of reduce a competitor. My guess though is it was just some guy saturated in hate whom thinks that most Muslims are terrorists-in-the-making (if not actual complete terrorists) thus any assault against any Muslim individual is warranted, even in the event predicated on a lie, because if they aren't our enemies yet they truly are no doubt on the way to becoming our enemies, and so the more we eliminate in the short term the less we must handle in the long run. The logic is thought by me goes something similar to that.

Needless to say a slightly more person that is intelligent observe that spreading lies about someone and trashing their shop is a superb strategy for creating enemies out of potential friends, but dudes such as the writer of this hoax probably don't get that far in their thinking. They choose simpler equations: eg. All Muslims are terrorists. All terrorists must perish!

The online world Is a great place for harvesting knowledge. It's also the planet's primary repository of digital trash and misinformation, also it appears to be a procedure of unparalleled effectiveness regarding prejudice that is spreading. Just how are we likely to cope with garbage similar to this? The solution is simple enough. We fight in kind by publishing truth. We uncover lies and dispel myths, and we encourage our peers to check their facts out before they trash somebody's shop.