In our last blog post, I told you how to prevent Islamophobia from happening in the first place. However, a large number of Islamophobic incidents are always occurring and people are unaware of who to contact or what to do when they are confronted. Here’s what to do when you find yourself in that situation.
1. Step in after you’ve analysed the situation
If you see a Muslim being harassed, you need to look at the situation and ask yourself, ‘what is the best way to approach this situation?’ For the majority of perpetrators, they do not like fighting back and if the victim has another supporter, they are far less likely to continue the attack. The following guide created by Maeril is a perfect example for what you can do, directly or indirectly.
2. Report the incident to the correct authorities
The police, of course, are the number one place to report an Islamophobic incident. However, there are many other organisations that specialise in the recording and analysing of Islamophobic incidents in particular.
The Islamophobia Register Australia was actually created by Muslims for Muslim incidents in response to the growing anecdotal evidence suggesting a rise in incidents of Islamophobia. It’s been a real innovation for Australia, providing more data than anyone before. If you need to report anything there, the link to report is very easy to access and simple to fill out. Don’t hesitate. If you’re feeling particularly repulsed by what you saw, I would encourage you to share your experience so that you raise awareness of this social issue and people around you can learn from it.
3. Learn from what you witnessed
This is the most important lesson. Islamophobia is a very real issue and no matter how many layers it’s wrapped in by politicians, there are very real people who suffer the consequences of hate speech every day. By denouncing Islamophobes and associating with the right people, there’s a lot you can do to help. Every individual can make a difference with just one word. Do not doubt the power you have. Find out more about what you can do here.