Behind The Eyes of a Muslim Nov 23, 2014

The events of October 22nd, 2014 have saddened us all. Nathan Cirillo was a father, a friend, and a son. His life was taken away in mere seconds by someone who  identified as Muslim.

When I first heard about the attack, I prayed that the convict was anything but Muslim. I am a proud Muslim woman, who may not wear a hijab, but has strong faith. You cannot even begin to imagine the life of a Muslim teen within this day and age. I had a close friend of mine, who wears a hijab, tell me about her experience visiting the 9/11 memorial in New York City. She told me that people screamed out names and  stared in disgust, as if they do not realize that the actions taken by these select few people do not reflect the beliefs of the religion as a whole.

Do we judge caucasians based on their beliefs in the 1960’s? Have we exiled them because their churches used to plot the deaths of African Americans in the middle of the night? Have they been shamed or scathed with filthy names based on the actions of the KKK? Christianity is a religion of peace and serenity, much like Islam. No one should ever be judged based on the actions of others; who are we to blame those who had nothing to do with the incident? The man who has killed Nathan Cirillo, has done nothing but strike terror in the name of a religion that literally means peace, and now a little boy has to grow up without a father. He does not represent Islam. Do you know what Islam has to say about war? 

“Do not kill any child, any woman, or any elder or sick person.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

“Do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle.” (Sahih Bukhari; Sunan Abu Dawud)

“Do not wish for an encounter with the enemy; pray to God to grant you security; but when you [are forced to] encounter them, exercise patience.” (Sahih Muslim)

 “Accustom yourselves to do good if people do good, and to not do wrong even if they commit evil.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

Islam is a religion that preaches peace and love between people. It teaches to not shed the blood of the enemy within war unless you are defending yourself. So, are Muslim terrorists claiming to be killing people in the name of God, actually saying anything of the religion?  People that belong to the Islamic faith should not have to  apologize for things they have not done. I am tired of saying “I’m sorry” because someone who claims to be Muslim is twisting the definition of my religion to their liking. I am sick of hearing “go back home you terrorist”, because Canada is my home. I am also equally sick of the horrifying activities of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which has nothing to do with Islam because no religion requests people to spill blood for religion. I am a proud Muslim woman who is standing up for the Muslim youth and saying, we do not support terrorism and Islam does not preach it in any way shape or form.

By: Nawal Abdo

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Anonymous _ "Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too" - John Lennon. All religion does is cause conflicts and death. We all end up in the same place anyways. Religion is just a way to justify the fear of death.   Dec 16, 2014
Liam F _ "The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science. Religion will have to make more and more concessions. Gradually the myths crumble" - Adolf Hitler   Dec 16, 2014