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Being Muslim In Australia A Personal Reflection

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How do I start? I as a Muslim love Australia as much as another Australian does. It's where I grew up, it's where my kids will grow up and it's where I'll most probably come to pass. There are so many things I love abut Australia, the people, the land and the lifestyle. It's a society where people from all over the world have come together and live in peace and harmony. In a subtle environment where every one gets along quite fine, seems as though it's Moore's utopia. However, there are many out there in society of whom wish to disturb this peace, this harmony and create cultural and religious differences that ultimately divide society and make it as though it's the "clash of civilisations" when it really isn't.The experience of being Muslim in Australia has defiantly changed post 9-11. Before 9-11 most Australians did not know what a Muslim was nor did they really care. But thanks to our media, most people either know something about Muslim or have an opinion on Muslims. My religion of Islam is so misunderstood and so taken out of context in so many cases in society, it hurts me as a person that people can make direct assumptions just by the actions of a few extremist people. What hurts me even more is that Islam goes to trial along with a Muslim criminal.When I hear news reports stating things like: "Islamic Terrorism" or "Islamic Extremism", I feel confused in a way because to me it's an oxymoron. The actual meaning of the word Islam is peace and surrender, so what does peaceful terrorism look like? It reminds me of David Oldfield's rhetoric that "not all Muslims are Terrorists, but all Terrorists are Muslims". Okay, so the IRA and ETA are atheist movements?I believe I speak for a lot of informed people when I say that the mainstream media has been overly critical when it comes to issues regarding Muslims and Islam. The effect of this is basically negative generalisations being made by the everyday person against Muslim and Islam, which is quite unfair and debases the idea that the media should give us a fair unbiased view on topics taking place in society. The media has should not be giving us a politicised or an opinionated outlook on issues, people should make their minds up about thing THEMSELVES.When people of other faiths doing something criminal,...

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