International Day to Combat Islamophobia

Islamophobia is defined as the fear or hatred of Islam and Muslims, and can take shape in many forms, including stereotypes, discrimination, and violence. On March 15th, the International Day to Combat Islamophobia is observed around the world, reminding us of the importance of addressing and combating the prejudice and discrimination faced by Muslims around the world.


Why Should You Care?

 Islamophobia has had a direct effect on our London community following the horrific attack that took the lives of 4 members of the Afzaal family in 2021, which created a sense of fear/unease in the community. Creating a safer and more equal society where people can practice their religion without fear can only be done if individuals, communities, and governments work together. Hateful acts not only affect the individuals who are targeted, but also members of the same group, creating a ripple effect of fear that is felt by the community at large.

 By standing up to Islamophobia, we can work towards a more inclusive and tolerant society for all. It is important to recognize that Islamophobia does not only impact Muslims, but also goes against the core values that bring our community together: equality, justice, and human rights.


3 Ways to Fight Islamophobia in Your Community

  • Speak to members of the muslim community directly. Create better understanding and empathy by learning about their experiences and perspectives.
  • If you see something, say something. If you ever witness an act of Islamophobia, speak out against it. Silence can be interpreted as acceptance, so it’s very important to stand up against hateful speech or actions.
  • Support advocacy, education, and community outreach programs working to end Islamophobia, such as “Our London Family” which holds vigils in remembrance of the Afzaal family on the anniversary of their passing.


By educating ourselves, speaking out against discrimination, and promoting dialogue and understanding, we can create a more inclusive and tolerant society. On this International Day to Combat Islamophobia, let’s reaffirm our commitment to fighting prejudice and discrimination in all its forms. Together, we can work towards creating a world where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of their faith or background.