Not a Single Muslim Has Died Due to Islamophobia

That’s the conclusion of David J. Rusin’s review of hate crimes statistics, which finds not only that Islamophobia is overblown, statistically, but that it also tends toward the petty.

Adding the FBI data yields per capita frequencies of hate crimes for the past decade. Of the five main minority groups discussed above, Jews were most likely to experience hate crimes, with 14.8 incidents per 100,000 Jews annually. Homosexuals and bisexuals (combined) came next (11.5), followed by blacks (6.7), Muslims (6.0), and Hispanics (1.1). Rates for majority whites and Christians were much smaller.

With hate crimes befalling Muslims far less often than they do Jews or homosexuals and bisexuals and slightly less often than they befall blacks, it is clear that anti-Muslim incidents are disproportionate to those targeting other minorities only in terms of the hype generated on their behalf.

And indeed, despite the rather small number of such events, the FBI hate crimes page features a Muslim woman, rather than a gay man or a black man, who are far more likely to experience a violent hate crime.


As the usual voices fault “our oversaturated Islamophobic environment” and “growing anti-Muslim hate,” they neglect to mention how rare it is for an actual or perceived Muslim to die in a hate crime. By the FBI’s count, 74 people were killed in hate crimes (“murder and nonnegligent manslaughter” in Table 4) from 2002 to 2011, but not a single one in an anti-Muslim incident. Indeed, the FBI lists no anti-Muslim fatalities since 1995, corresponding to the earliest report available.

A review of the 2011 hate crime statistics shows just four hate crime killings.  1 anti-black and 3 anti-gay. Going back to 2010, we find 3 anti-other religion and 1 anti-black murders. 2009 saw 3 anti-white murders, 2 anti-black murders, one anti-indian murder, 1 anti-gay murder and 1 anti-latino murder.

Even 2001, the golden period in Islamophobia-mongering, the hate crime statistics list 10 murders. None of them fall into the Anti-Islamic category.

Muslims have claimed that Islamophobia in America has turned lethal. The most prominent such case, turned out to be traditional Muslim husband-on-wife violence disguised as a fake hate crime.

An illustrative example is the March 2012 murder of Shaima Alawadi, a hijab-wearing California woman found beaten to death at home with a note calling her a terrorist beside her body. Islamists and their credulous media allies pounced at the opportunity to condemn the supposed tidal wave of “Islamophobia,” even as marital problems emerged as a potential motive. In November, police arrested Alawadi’s husband.


  • RUI

    It's time we rename this fake problem "Islamophonya".

    • AdinaK

      "Islamophobia", in all its infamy –

      The reds and the greens are behind this canard, and exposing them is an imperative, not just for America, but for western civilization!

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

    • guest

      Alia Ansari . Oct. 20 2006. Muslim woman shot and killed walking with her children. To say no one has been killed is a lie.

    • guest

      Hate crimes against Muslims only escalating 10 years after 9/11
      By Natasha Dado
      Friday, 01.04.2013, 04:18pm
      The tragic events that unfolded on Sep. 11, 2001 gave birth to an ugly and embarrassing chapter in America’s history-the post 9/11 anti-Islamic and Arab era that continues today.

      Despite relentless national efforts to combat the negative stereotypes and intolerance of Muslims and Arabs that’s emerged after 9/11, hate crimes against them and people perceived to be members of their communities are at their height more than 10 years later according to activists and reports from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

      Osama Siblani, publisher of The Arab American News has chronicled the widespread discrimination faced by Muslims and Arab Americans since 9/11 in the paper, and says last year hate related incidents targeting Muslims and Arab Americans increased noticeably in comparison to the first few years following 9/11.

      SPLC reports that hate crimes against perceived Muslims, which jumped up 50% in 2010 largely as a result of anti-Muslim propagandizing, remained at relatively high levels last year, according to 2011 hate crime statistics released by the FBI.

      SPLC says that there were 157 reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2011, down slightly from the 160 recorded in 2010. The 2011 crimes occurred during a period when Islam-bashing propaganda, which initially took off in 2010, continued apace.

      • guest

        On Thursday, Dec. 27 a Queens, New York man was killed after a woman pushed him on the tracks of a subway station because she thought he was Muslim. After an investigation, police learned the victim Sunando Sen, 46, an immigrant from India was actually a Hindu.

        The woman, Erika Menendez, 31, said she pushed Sen onto the train tracks because she hates Hindus and Muslims. “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up,” she told police according to the district attorney’s office.

        She was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime. At the time of the incident it was uncertain whether Sen was Muslim, although Menendez believed he was based on his features. She initially ran away after pushing Sen, and was caught after someone saw and identified her from a video that was released of the incident by police.

        The tragedy comes only weeks after Pamela Geller placed hate-ads targeting the Arab and Muslim community in New York subway stations. One of the ads implies that Arab and Muslims are savages and another ad has an image of the World Trade Center exploding next to a quote from the Qur’an.

        Sun’s murder is an example of how such hate speech can lead to and incite violence against Arabs, Muslims and people who’re perceived to be of Muslim or Arab descent.

        • hitlet

          muslims are all terrorists

      • Bakri

        But how many DEATHS of Muslims occured?

  • rightwingcanadian

    islamophobia is just form of taqqiya so they can play the victim when really there the agressor.

  • JacksonPearson

    ISLAM: The Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)
    Islamic Terrorists Have Carried out More Than 20,223 Deadly Terror Attacks Since 9/11

    "Islamophobia": The fear of speaking out against the rapidly growing religion/ideology of Islam that is out to repress all who do not follow its doctrine.

    Because: Oppose Mohammad = Oppose Allah = > Get murdered by Muslems

  • Richard

    I thought all murders were hate crimes?
    I mean when someone hates somebody they want to kill them right?

    • Infidel Task Force

      Richard…don't get all sensible on us now.

  • Riley O'Rourke

    I suggest reading Jonathan Schanzer's review of Nathan Lean's book "The Islamophobia Industry", Wall Street Journal January 10th. If you question anything about Islam, you are a racist or an "islamophobe". I believe having a phobia means having a fear, and people aren't "afraid" of islam – they just don't like it. Islam is not a religion, but a system with a religious component. Every country where islam has flourished is an economic and social trainwreck.

    • Martin K.

      in addition to the above slurs, here in Austria Germany a islam-critic is also called a Nazi or Neo-Nazi. turkish muSLIMES like to point out that the ottomans gave Jews a save haven, well this might be, who would blame somebody for not killing the cow, they got to milk? and there is the "Struma" incident too……

  • JM in San Diego CA

    Lying is permitted under so-called "Islamic Law" if the victim is a non-Muslim. Don't listen to them … ever.

  • liz

    Islamophobia is the resistance, we can ban the Muslim Brotherhood, seize their assets, send them packing define islam as the political ideology it is, ban it as well,and viola! Not one gets hurt! Ok, ok muhammads feelings maybe…

    • anonymous

      dear Liz, if somehow the American is a Islamic country and one day on 9/11 a christian terrorist attack a building then somehow all people in the worlds began to hate christian even if it's not really the religion's fault but the terrorist? how would you fell being mocked even if it's not your fault and the terrorists are just some guy who use your religion's name so they can hide from the angry people?

      • hitlerq

        next time you want to invade and defile america, improve your english skills

  • No dhimmi

    But MILLIONS of non-Muslims HAVE died because of INFIDELOPHOBIA.

    270 million filthy infidels slaughtered by Islam

  • hellosnackbar

    Greetings NoDhimmi
    Islamophobia is a very silly desultory word.
    A more honest word is Islamonausea based on a fascist ,totalitarian ,supremacist, death cult.

  • Abdullah

    I rarely cut and paste but your headline is so tragic it makes one think if you have been watching Honey Boo Boo non-stop. Never mind the assaults and mis-identification, but your credibility is hovering around the nighttime temperature of International Falls MN. e.g. below 0.

    Waquar Hassan
    Waquar Hassan, a forty-six-year-old Pakistani and father of four, was killed while cooking hamburgers at his grocery store near Dallas, Texas on September 15, 2001. Although no money was taken from Hassan's store, police in Dallas initially believed that he was killed during a robbery because he had been robbed twice that year. Hassan's family, however, believed his murder was a hate crime because nothing was stolen by the assailant and the murder had occurred so soon after September 11. His family also pointed out that customers visiting Hassan's store after September 11 subjected him to ethnic and religious slurs. The case remained unsolved until Mark Stroman admitted to killing Hassan to a fellow prison inmate in January 2002. Murder charges against Stroman were dropped once he was convicted and sentenced to death for Vasudev Patel's murder.

    Ali Almansoop
    On September 17, 2001, Ali Almansoop, a forty-four year old Yemini Arab, was shot and killed in his home in Lincoln Park, Michigan after being awoken from his sleep by Brent David Seever. At the time of his murder, Almansoop was in bed with Seever's ex-girlfriend. Immediately before killing Almansoop, Seever said that he was angry about the September 11 terrorist attacks. Almansoop pleaded that he did not have anything to do with the attacks. Seever shot Almansoop anyway. Seever acknowledged to police investigators that he killed Almansoop in part because of anger related to September 11. Prosecutors chose to prosecute the matter as a murder, rather than a bias-motivated murder, because they believe Mr. Seever's motivation for murdering Almansoop was motivated in part by jealousy over Almansoop's relationship with is ex-girlfriend. Mr. Seever had been stalking his ex-girlfriend before the murder.103

    Abdo Ali Ahmed
    On September 29, 2001, Abdo Ali Ahmed, a fifty-one-year-old Yemini Arab and Muslim, and father of eight, was shot and killed while working at his convenience store in Reedley, California. Cash in two registers and rolled coins inside an open safe were left untouched. In addition, Ahmed's gun, which he kept for protection, reportedly remained in its usual spot, indicating that he may not have felt in mortal danger. Two days before his murder, Ahmed had found a note on his car windshield which stated, "We're going to kill all of you [expletive] Arabs."106 Instead of contacting the police, Ahmed threw the note away.

    Ahmed's family and local Muslim leaders have told the local press that they believe his killing was a hate crime. However, largely because no perpetrator or perpetrators have been found for whom a motive can be established, police have not classified the murder as a hate crime. California Governor Gray Davis offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Ahmed's killers. At the time of this writing, the investigation into Ahmed's murder was stalled because police had run out of leads.

    Adel Karas
    On September 15, 2001, Adel Karas, a forty-eight-year-old Arab and Coptic Christian, and father of three, was shot and killed at his convenience store in San Gabriel, California. According to press reports, his wife, Randa Karas, believes he was murdered because he was mistaken for a Muslim. She points out that no money was taken from the cash register and that her husband had a thick wad of bills in his pocket. Local police told Human Rights Watch that they do not believe his murder was bias-motivated because there is no evidence to indicate anti-Arab or anti-Muslim bias. The murder remained unsolved at the time of this writing.

    Ali W. Ali
    Ali W. Ali, a sixty-six-year-old Somali Muslim, died nine days after being punched in the head while standing at a bus stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 15, 2002.112 According to press reports, the only known witness to the attack saw the assailant walk up to Ali, punch him, stand over him, and then walk away. His son and Somali community members attributed the attack against Ali to anger created against Somalis by a front page local newspaper article that appeared two days before the attack. The article said that Somalis in Minneapolis had given money to a Somali terrorist group with links to Osama Bin Laden. After originally finding that Ali had died of natural causes, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office on January 8, 2002 ruled Ali's death a homicide. Ali's family regards his murder as a hate crime. Both local police and the FBI have been unable to find Ali's assailant.

    • jack

      how many children and women are raped and pimped by muslims just in Europe? how many hate crimes and murders of non-muslims commited by muslims have there been in europe alone? none of these crimes above are hate crimes. but when muslims mainly target whites and admit to it, those crimes and gang rapes are not classified as hate crimes against whites or other non-muslims. how are atypical muslim playing the victim. why dont you discuss how many people muslims have attacked and terrorized in europe alone? jews, women, children, terrorist attacks etc….in Europe muslims rape more than nay other immigrant group. mainly white children and white women. start by going over the rape statistics. start with norway. dont blame the women, drinking culture or any other excuse you muslims invent. why dont you admit, discuss and work on the crimes muslims commit and then admit that anti-islamic crimes in western countries are very rare. even whites attacking blacks are rare but more blacks attack and kill whites in USA but the media will never show it. but crime statistics are there. for every evil thing muslims do, there is a koranic verse teaching it. then you wonder why people dont like muslims, islam and your "cultures" look at it from our perspective. you come to our countries and rape, attack, kill, terrorize us an expect us to not mention it?

      • anonymous

        you are full of lies :) aren't you people?

        • hitler

          is that how you respond to facts? go back to the middle east

    • bari

      In all of these stories, the victim's friends simply claimed it was a hate crime… probably for the added publicity. None of them were actually classified as such by the police.

    • hitler

      who cares they're muslim, not human. the world is better off without those worthless muslims around

  • mark

    Daniel Greenfield is a blatant liar and has intentionally misled people with this article. I guess he forgot to mention the Muslim woman that was shot and killed in Fremont California. Here are the facts that Daniel G fails to mention: when muslims report hate crimes the police do not file reports, or interview anyone. Majority of the time the Muslim that was the victim is reported to the FBI. I was with a friend when he was attacked and called anti-Muslim nonsense. When the police arrived he was told "the guy has freedom to say what he wants, that's not a crime". Yet, he was physically attacked and told "i will kill you filthy Muslims". The police refused to treat it as a hate crime even when I and other witnesses stated what happened. This is very common I'm sure and sadly it is happening in America. Americans have forgotten the a crucial part of the law, we punish those that commit crimes. Americans are punishing all Muslims for the criminal actions of the seven guys on 9/11.

    • Bakri

      Just because a Muslim dies doesn't automatically make it a hate crime. And we are talking about DEATHS happening due to hate crime, not harassment.

    • hitler

      muslims are less then dogs

  • Ralph

    Well, they follow their prophet mohammad (pig excretion be upon him) and worship[ their moon god allah; so why do you expect them to do anything constructive?

  • ChuloDO

    Yeah, no Muslim has died from Islamophobia–unless you count the millions of mostly innocent civilians who have died at the hands of a the so-called Coalition of the Willing who entered an unprovoked war in Afghanistan and Iraq due to false and exaggerated claims of WMDs and overall aggression. Islamophobia helped the support of that war–wait, those wars. Fortunately, the U.S. has become somewhat more judicious when it comes to Syria, although it’s a bit different, given that there are no allegations that Syrians ran an airplane through a skyscraper on American soil.

    • RuralDelivery

      You’re a dumb sh*t!!!!