THE TIDE OF Islamophobia is rising and it seems like nothing short of a miracle will stop it. Mosques around the world are being burned down. Muslims are being attacked on the streets. Islamophobes are slandering the Prophet with impunity, fomenting fear and hatred of Muslims and Islam with little reproach. But we, as the targeted community of all this hate, fear and misinformation, must understand that it is all a trap.
We must understand that when Islamophobes organize armed protests of Islam outside of mosques around the world, it is their intention to get a reaction out of the Muslims. And they are hoping for a bad reaction.
“Are you thinking about getting married?” That was the first question I was asked after I said my shahâda. It took a whole two seconds for the witness of my testament of faith to ask me the question about matrimony. I was nowhere near thinking about getting married and responded with a resounding, “No!” And then several more No’s as the witness persisted with more well-intended marital questions.