#NotInMyName

The ISIS attacks should not be generalized towards the whole Muslim community

Yusuf Mohabbat

Staff Writer

    In regards to the recent attacks in Paris, France on Friday, November 13th, 2015, I would like to say that I condemn these plots of terror against humankind. I am Muslim and was born in the United States of America. My family is originally from Afghanistan and they have settled in the U.S. in 1987 after the Russians had invaded Afghanistan eight years earlier in 1979.

    What happened in Paris on Friday was an attack on innocent people, who wanted to spend the beginning of the weekend eating in a restaurant, watching a soccer game, and listening to a rock band. What no one had expected was that on that evening 130 people would be killed by a heinous act of violence towards innocent people. Anyone who supports terrorism or justifies it, is a part of that problem.

    I can’t ignore that this whole situation is affecting me, my family, and my community. The Muslim identity is more evident in females than males because they wear hijabs and thus, they may be more prone to harassment. The recent terror attacks have inflamed many critics of Islam, including a raging debate in the United States about what restrictions should be put on Muslims in the country or seeking to enter it. Now even innocent people are under scrutiny and immigrants who fear for their lives in their countries can’t come to the U.S. or specific European countries. Not only that, but Muslims who live here are even being questioned and candidates are even thinking about closing mosques, our holy sites to pray.

    In our holy book, the Holy Quran, it is said, “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32). I refer to this verse from our holy book to make people understand that what happened in Paris was done by people who misinterpret quotes and who translate it to their benefit. Many terrorists, like those in the Paris attacks, have tried to use the Quran to justify their actions, because they say that whoever is not Muslim needs to be killed, but that is definitely not what I was taught. I was taught to accept people for their gender, race, color, and origin, no matter where they come from or what religion they have.

    The muslim community have more than 1.6 billion followers and only because a very small fraction of these people do heinous crimes, it doesn’t mean that all of them are bad and criminals. Therefore I condemn the acts of the ISIS terrorists and stand by #NotInMyName.

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