I was immensely saddened and crushed as soon as I read the news about the Orlando shooting, my heart and my prayers go out to the victims and the families of the victims. I wish that we could turn back time in order to stop the horrific events that occurred that night, but unfortunately, what’s been done cannot be undone. All we can do now as a nation, is to stand together, and take every step necessary in order to prevent future acts of barbarism on American citizens. We need to get to the bottom of the issue in order to come up with a solution; we need to stop pointing fingers at other fellow citizens as well because doing so will only break the issue as well as citizens rather than bringing us together as one.
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I am in no way supporting the Orlando shooter, he was a monster and got what he deserved, but I do want to make a claim that not all Muslims are terrorists. Every time, a “muslim extremist” is on the headlines, Americans freak out and start focusing all of their negative energy on Muslims as a whole, which isn’t fair or right to the billions of Muslims in the world, to the Muslim-Americans who live as regular Americans and have NOTHING to do with terrorism or extremist groups.
It upsets me because every time a “Muslim extremist” attacks Americans or performs an act of savagery, the entire world blames Muslims as a whole and subsequently, we get our rights to mourn over the attacks as the regular Americans whom we are, taken away from us because so many fingers are pointed at us and so many suspicious eyes are darted at us. Suddenly, our lives are in danger because of something that we had no hand in, because of something that’s taken an emotional toll on us like it has on America as a whole.
The reason why i’ve hyphenated the term “Muslim terrorist” throughout my article is because Islam and terrorism simply do not go hand in hand, at all. If you truly understand the depth and beauty of Islam, like myself and the millions of people who convert to Islam every year do, then you’d understand the point that i’m trying to make. Don’t get me wrong, Islam isn’t purely a religion of “peace” like any other religion, but allow me to point out why it isn’t even remotely close to being the terror ridden, monstrous religion that everyone has made it out to be nowadays:
1. In Islam, killing one person equates to that of killing all of mankind. In other words, killing is strictly forbidden is Islam and is considered a major sin.
“And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is Hell; he shall abide in it, and Allah will send His wrath on him and curse him and prepare for him a painful chastisement.” (Surah an-Nisa’ 4:93)
Therefore, any Muslim who actually reads the Quran and follows the deen understands that killing is a major sin and would obviously refrain from doing so. This obviously concludes that people who claim to kill under the name of Islam are not genuine followers and use that as an excuse to defend their inhumane actions.
“Whoever kills a mu’aahid (a non-Muslim living under muslim rule) will not smell the fragrance of paradise, although its fragrance may be detected from a distance of forty years.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2995.
2. Islam instructs its followers to be kind to everyone, including non-followers/believers.
“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity.” (Al-Mumtahanah 60:8).
“Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, curtails their rights, burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)
These two quotes basically wrap up the entire concept of how Muslims should treat human beings, even non-Muslims. In Islam, Allah (God), instructs his followers to be merciful, kind, and patient to everyone, including your neighbors- whether, once again, Muslim or not. Many bigots or people who loathe Islam will argue otherwise and state that the religion of Islam hates non-
Muslims and will pull out “quotes” from the Quran making it seem like Islam demands violence toward non-Muslims, which is false. The Holy Book of Islam, the Quran, like every other religion, has verses which talk about the consequences of not believing and the punishment you’ll receive from GOD in the day of judgment. Once again, these verses have nothing to do with Muslims and non-Muslims, but rather with the believer/non-believer and God.
3. Islam ONLY allows fighting when you’re being ATTACKED and have no other choice other than to defend yourself.
“Permission (to fight) is given to those whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them.” (Quran 22:39)
“You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is just the retribution for those disbelievers.” (2:191)
“If they refrain, Then GOD is forgiver, Most Merciful.” (2:192)
“You may also fight them to eliminate oppression, and to worship GOD freely. If they refrain, you shall not aggress; aggression is permitted only against the aggressors.” (2:193)
“If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the hearer, the Omniscient.” (8:61)
Basically, Islam only permits you to fight in your defense, and only if you’re absolutely certain that it’s for a good, reasonable cause, which makes sense. If someone attacks you, it’s reasonable to defend yourself. Also, Muslims are strictly forbidden to start a fight and are instructed to peacefully drop out of one if the opponent forfeits.
There is so much more about Islam, peace, and how this religion is the exact opposite of how the majority of the world perceives it. Hopefully, one day, this hatred toward Islam lessens as people realize that they’re falsely filling their hearts with hatred rather than doing some research or keeping an open mind and realizing that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, with more women converts as opposed to men. I bet many of you are familiar with some muslims that you love who aren’t violent at all, such as Muhammad Ali (RIP), Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Zayn Malik, Dave Chappelle, Lupe Fiasco, and the list goes on.
Lets stand together against acts of terrorism and hatred and not focus on the predators race, ethnicity, or religion, but rather on how to stop future acts in order to save citizens. Let us not blame one group just because one person associated with the group decides to act inhumane; lets get together and show the world just how united we as Americans are. Muslim Americans are American too.
My heart goes out to the victims of the Orlando shooting.
What’s your insight?