protest-blog
14 Jul
  • By Sammy

World’s biggest protest ignored by the Western media

Imagine you’re in Iraq. It’s a country at war, divided and it’s very very dangerous. Think of the bravery of being a Muslin and openly standing up to the evil that ISIS is.

In probably the largest organized march in the history of the world up to 20 million Shia Muslims risked their lives to openly defy ISIS. This enormous gathering and its anti-war, anti-hate and anti-terror messaging could have done a lot of good in helping the west to understand how the vast majority of Muslims feel about ISIS, yet the event was entirely ignored by corporate media. One has to question why? Perhaps focusing on ISIS atrocities of murder, torture and terror, initiated by a few, is more relevant than a peace initiative by tens of millions. Had this incredible story been given airtime on the big TV channels it would surely have helped people in the west to better understand that the vast majority of Muslims are good people doing good.

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(Pilgrims carrying a banner of Imam Hussain, a figure worshipped by Shia Muslims)

Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100 km southwest of Baghdad with a population of 1.1 million people. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.

In recent years, this march has taken on a dual purpose. Where it was once a march to honor Arbaeen, it now also encompasses the Shia resistance and protest against ISIS terrorists. Isis has declared Shia Muslims apostates and targeted them in its bloody campaign to establish a hardline caliphate across Iraq and Syria,

The march comes as nearly 80 people, many of them pilgrims returning from commemorating Arbaeen were killed in the latest Isis attack in the area.

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If a protest like this had taken place in Dallas, which has a slightly bigger population, one could only imagine the media noise this would have created. Ultimately it is people power, movements of people that can bring positive change to the world. If more of the media could perhaps re balance quality over tabloid sensationalism then we might all be better educated about key issues that affect us all.

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(Millions of Muslims take part in mass pilgrimage of Arbaeen – in spite of Isis)