The rise of ISIS and the actions of “lone wolf” terrorists claiming ties to Islamic extremists has had devastating consequences for the Muslim community.
In Australia, some Muslims have been subject to racial vilification and attacks.
While a survey by the University of South Australia’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding found that 70% of Australians had low levels of Islamophobia, 10% were classed as “highly Islamophobic”, which is defined as “negative and hostile attitudes towards Islam and Muslims”.
And it isn’t a trend restricted to within Australian borders, with Europe, the US, and UK, among other regions, all struggling with similar issues.
With this in mind, artist Marie-Shirine Yener, 22, who works under the pseudonym Maeril, created a guide to give people advice on how they can help Muslims who are being harassed.
In her post on Tumblr, Yener says: “I’m focusing on protecting Muslims here, as they have been very specific targets lately, and as a French Middle Eastern woman, I wanted to try and do something to raise awareness on how to help when such things happen before our eyes – that way one cannot say they ‘didn’t know what to do’!
“I’d like to insist on two things:
1) Do not, in any way, interact with the attacker. You must absolutely ignore them and focus entirely on the person being attacked!
2) Please make sure to always respect the wishes of the person you’re helping: whether they want you to leave quickly afterwards, or not! If you’re in a hurry escort them to a place where someone else can take over – call one of their friends, or one of yours, of if they want to, the police. It all depends on how they feel!”
The infographic has received over 72,000 notes on the platform in three days.
See the infographic going viral across social media networks here.
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