It’s no secret that Muslims around the world wish that the religion of Islam and life of ordinary Muslims could be reflected in the media in a more positive light. Many feel our religion, cultures, norms, values and nation states are unfairly under attack. At the very least, Muslims would want the negativity and the ‘bad press’ to be balanced by factual and fair accounts about Islam and the Muslim experience.
Fighting back or attempting to counter destructive nature of press coverage sometimes means that Muslims reveal a ‘victim mentality’ which could be counter-productive. Instead of being viewed as providing Muslim perspectives, reflections or analysis of world events, commentary by Muslims is often seen as a one-sided biased and dare I say ‘hysterical’ or ‘exaggerated’ accounts. On the other hand, reports about Muslims from a traditional Western perspective, even when positive and even when written by Muslims, can make Muslims lifestyles and perspectives appear to be ‘exotic’ or ‘unusual’.
A different kind of journalism is therefore required.
One which has the accuracy and attention to detail required, which places the Muslim in his or her own world and one which reflects Islam in the light perceived by Muslims around the world. This means that the intellectual approach to journalism and to argument and debate, although important, cannot in itself turn around negative attitudes. This type of journalism has to reflect and explore the emotional parameters that serves to humanise the Muslim experience. Intellectual arguments need to be argued and won, but connectivity on a human level is just as important.
Muslim Eye aims to reflect the feelings, fears, concerns, belief, viewpoints, narratives and aspirations of ‘ordinary’ Muslims around the world. Its aims to capture what ‘ordinary’ Muslims in every corner of the world feel about the World news and current affairs whether they are making that news themselves or reflecting on the world they see and understand around them.