Despite its controversial content, the short film, “Hate Kills,” is helping to neutralize the misperceptions against Muslims in the West. Its creator, Mohammad Baig, is an award-winning filmmaker focused on integrating social messages into his films. The film also features Rupan Bal, a Canadian-Indian YouTuber who has collaborated with several Bollywood celebrities.
Mohammad Baig’s short film
“Hate Kills” was made in order to combat Islamophobia in the west. It highlights the impact of Islamophobic remarks made by Western leaders. In the film, a man recalls the words of a President of a major western country, which influence him to attack a woman in a veil. In a very powerful way, the film illustrates how prejudice and fear can lead to violence against Muslims, and is an effort to counteract these misconceptions.
The misperceptions that lead to hate crimes are often shaped by mass media. In order to counter misperceptions, the media must change how they portray Muslims in the West. Mohammad Baig, the writer and director of ‘Hate Kills’, has made a remarkable contribution to countering of these misperceptions by using the mass media to educate the public.
Islam’s real teachings
There are many misconceptions about Islam, both in the West and elsewhere in the world. In particular, the media has largely played a negative role in spreading these misperceptions. However, it is important to distinguish misconceptions from actual doctrinal differences, as dialogue can lead to mutual tolerance and understanding.
Among Islam’s real teachings is its teachings on equality between all human beings. According to the Quran, Muslims should treat everyone equally and should not intimidate or attack non-Muslims. This is contrary to popular misconceptions about Islam, which many believe is violent and directed at intimidating non-Muslims.
Islam’s real teachings also help counteract the common stereotype that Muslim women are oppressed. Women in Muslim countries often face legal and social restrictions that prevent them from fully participating in nation-building or responding to western attacks on Islam. But while some Muslim women may believe that Islam respects women’s rights, others are misled and have distorted their faith.
The short film ‘Hate Kills’ is an important contribution towards the fight against Islamophobia and other hate crimes. It provides an extensive and accurate analysis of Islamophobic attacks, while also highlighting the positive aspects of Islam. The film’s plot revolves around a Muslim family who shows generosity and kindness to the local community, only to be repaid with hatred and a life-threatening attack in broad daylight.
The film highlights the impact of Islamophobic statements from Western leaders. For example, the assailant in the film reflects on the words of a President of a Western country who influenced him to attack the woman in the veil. By showing how the negative impacts of this prejudice can lead to a tragic outcome, Hate Kills helps neutralize the misbeliefs and fears about Muslims in the West.
Enslavement of women
The goal of ISIS is to cause unrest in the West and provoke a backlash against the Muslim diaspora. These terrorists target Muslims in Europe, especially those with conservative backgrounds, in order to further their ambitions to expand their territory and provoke battle with Western powers.
Since the 9/11 attacks, anti-Muslim rhetoric, far-right ideology, and policies have increased in the West. Earlier, the United States and other Western countries tried to counter this narrative by reaching out to Muslims, both through governments and on the local level. However, al-Qaeda leaders used these efforts as evidence of the United States’ hostility toward the Muslim community.
Reversing the fourth wave of hate
The fourth wave of jihadists is spurred by upheaval across much of the Arab world. This upswing in war has provided a huge opportunity for jihadists. Regional rivalry dwarfs previous waves, and regional powers may even indulge extremists as proxies.
The rise of ISIS reinforced a fundamental problem. Most Muslim nations have poor economies and large Muslim populations. In addition to this, the wealthiest nations have relatively small populations. It is not possible for jihadists to disperse their wealth evenly among all the Muslim nations. Thus, these nations are happy to form compacts with the West, India, and Israel. They are a dependent class and don’t want to see their status quashed.