Sadly, the news stories and images linked to the actions of terrorist groups, ISIS and Boko Haram, which identify themselves as Muslim is such an unjust treatments and increasing dark threats to Muslim students.
Due to ignorance on religious diversity and extremism, this has left students vulnerable to stereotyping and bullying and has created hostile environments that can make it difficult for them to learn and move freely.
In an article from Voices of NY, a 15 year old Amina Adekola, in her 10th-grade, asked about by her classmates, ‘Why are all Muslims terrorists?’ ‘She said that she wanted to stand up for herself, tell him that she was a Muslim and not a terrorist!’
Amina was totally embarrassed in the face of what she felt was an overwhelming majority, added that, “about 90 percent of the kids in my class feel that way.”
In another study entitled; Go Home, Terrorist, the Sikh Coalition found that more than two-thirds of turbaned Sikh children reported being bullied at school (32% of students ages 12 – 18 say they’re bullied) and that can turn physical.
In other instances, Ahmed Jamil, president of the Muslim American Society Queens Community Center in New York, told reporters, that Muslim youth frequently suffered unmerited mocking especially the girls who wear hijabs (Muslim head scarves) having them yanked from their heads and thinking their father was an ISIS.
In addition, the bullying can be as simple as name-calling to outright physical contact with the victim, primarily focusing on clothing and appearance that doesn’t look Western or American.
As a result, this kind of bullying can trigger a number of complications that involves behavioural problems, societal embarrassment, mockery, violence, and other similar cases.
Muslim scholars and peacemakers like Jayaweera and Hussain encourages the people of the community to promote peace and pluralism.
They are pushing for religious differences along with supporting causes that promote interreligious peace, to channel each concerns into a healthy and positive actions that promote empathy and foster productive dialogue.
In a nutshell, Muslim bullying has become problematic because it deals with societal forces, religion and politics.
For all concern individuals specifically Muslim peacemakers, they deeply urge for awareness via education, teaching, and training, toppled with societal understanding.