For several reasons for quite some time, Islamophobia has been growing strongly in the West and has continued to take root through intensive campaigns and public discourses disseminating the fear of Islam, and through a significant number of incidents targeting Muslims, mosques, Islamic centers, Islamic attire, and Islam’s sacred symbols.
Reports and evidence reveal that negative sentiments toward Islam and Muslims keep expanding in the minds of mainstream Westerners, through mistrust toward Islam and its adherents. Particularly during the last few years, Islamophobia has reached an intractable point as it continues to grow, despite up-and-down indicators from time to time.
Despite they have no connection with any terrorist groups, most Muslims are being humiliated just because they belong to the Muslim community. While solidarity with Muslim victims is welcome and appropriate, it will take a deeper resolve and real action to confront the growing tide of Islamophobia around the world.