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10 Shocking Facts About Religious Bullying With Muslim Youth


The FYI

Expressing intentional hatred behavior verbally or physically due to religious aversion is a rising issue among school teens worldwide. Children who wear visible signs of their religion are subjected to bullying by others at school who feel superior in power. Between the years 2016 and 2017 it is reported that there is a 91% increase in hate crimes against Muslims. And this is not just limited to the non-western countries.

About 55% of Muslim students are bullied because of their religion. Over the years, this has become very prevalent among the school children that attacks on those who wear visible signs of their religion are prone to be attacked by the rest. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 of such incidents is by the school staff. It is not just kids who feel the heat, but also elders who are supposed to teach them and be a model! Kids repeat what they see and hear. They observe and they act accordingly!

Often, bullying happens inside the classrooms, in buses, on the hallways, after-school programs and public places. It is so prevalent that they feel so obliged to be involved in putting down their fellow classmates in the name of religion. Students who are involved in this sometimes do not even realize what they are doing unless it hits them really hard.

Religious bullying is very deep that it can actually curtail an individual’s faith and their spiritual growth. The impact bullying creates among the youth is very disheartening and quite irreversible. It results in depression, anxiety, stress, crying, acting out and even suicidal thoughts. Generally, kids fear to report it to the teachers or parents and get used to it, like it is common to be bullied. This also decreases the physical health of the kid, keeps them away from socializing, reduces their academic score and inculcates social anxiety disorder. It makes them feel weak and kills confidence in them. They fear to speak up for themselves and avoid facing people or crowd.

It is important that we act against bullying when we see or hear about it. Teachers and parents should always keep an eye on the behavioral changes of a kid and monitor what causes it. If there is bullying involved, it is the responsibility of the elders around them to protect the children to ensure such things doesn’t repeat again. Teaching them religious coping skills, developing supportive mentors, building youth-centered organizations where they feel protected and supported are also ways to avoid religious bullying. This gives them a space to share things they hesitate to discuss otherwise.