4. Western societies must stop listening to the likes of Wafa Sultan and Ed (ashamed of his full name) Husain, as those who make their fame and fortune through book sales and consultations which effectively slander Islam while fueling moral panics about Muslims should not be considered objective sources.
5. Islam as a religion does not pose a threat to the West or elsewhere. Islam means the readiness of a person to take orders from God and to follow his message of unity, submission and peace. Those who do otherwise are not acting in accordance with Islam, and the West should truly strive to promote this.
To conclude, thankfully there is work in progress, which is paramount if we are to address the inherent Islamophobic undertones that pervade western society and to highlight that there is no clash of civilisations. It is important that we strike the balance between addressing the behaviours of inappropriate and dangerous radical elements within the Muslim community, while also educating non-Muslims that Islam and Muslims are a positive part of mainstream societies. As Obama once said, "the cycle of suspicion and discord between the United States and the Muslim world must end", and this message is as relevant to all other western countries.