“If you are a Muslim, then, you are either a terrorist, a secularist, or a ‘‘Amr Khālid’;” this is how Rose al-Yūsuf began its article on American Islam. These are the three images of Islam being propagated through American media outlets. The U.S. takes advantage of these stereotypes for its own welfare.
A Muslim could be a terrorist like Usamāh Bin Lādin, Abū Ḥamzah al-Miṣrī, or ‘Umar ‘Abd al-Raḥmān, who are presented by the American media as posing a great threat to the whole world. The second stereotype for Muslims according to the U.S. media are secular Muslims. They are the seculars such as Wafā’ Sulṭān and Nūnī Darwīsh who proclaim their atheism, and claim that they are calling for reform. The last stereotype covers individuals who talk about tools of human development and concepts of coexistence under the cover of religion. This stereotype is exemplified through the modern Islamic preachers like ‘Amr Khālid.