Islam is a fifteen hundred year old religion that has lived through various customs and cultures and is still thriving in modern civilisations – yet society has allowed a small group that claims it’s ravenous redemption under the name of an age old religion to defame the faith of millions.
That isn’t news to anyone. But what is hard to understand is how the twenty first century can be open enough to achieve all that it has, yet too narrow to accommodate religion. It is unsettling to know that young Muslims are growing up in a world that resents them, it’s tiring having to carry the blame of cold blooded massacres on our eastern names and frankly it’s quite frightening to witness the lack of media coverage on hate crimes against Muslims.
I’m sure anyone would agree with me when I say that having to explain yourself to people for something you haven’t done is an exasperating experience. Yet nowadays it seems like all Muslims are doing is excusing themselves and apologising to the world for what ISIS is doing.
Because of the atrocities that are taking place under the name of my religion, I feel the need to excuse my religion and 99% of its followers who are normal law abiding citizens of the world to say that we are not a part of the tiny (yes extremely small) minority who are spreading terror, the exact opposite of what our religion teaches.
Since the attack of the world trade center in 2001, the violence towards Muslims simply for their faith in a religion that has been labelled deviant have increased. The Paris tragedy last month was just as heart breaking to a Muslim as it was to a Christian or atheist, so why is it that Muslims should think twice before they step outside in fear of an out lash of islamaphobia. Why should a woman wearing hijab be the victim of verbal or even physical abuse on public transport. Why should a man of Middle Eastern or Asian decent be stared at like he is filthy just because he looks as though he might be a Muslim. Islam is a not a dirty word.
We’re taught to develop certain sensibilities and be tolerant towards all kinds of people regardless of their race or sexuality, that is until a person chooses to wear a headscarf, somehow the rules seem to change.
It seems that it’s a good year to be whatever you want to be, except to be a Muslim.
As a 19 year old Muslim, I can vouch for the overwhelming majority of Muslims that are labelled deviant, we are as law abiding as the average person.
I guess the law abiding never make the papers.
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