Today the world took a step forward in their mourning process by having a national moment of silence for the lives of loved ones lost in The Paris Attack and, simultaneously, mankind took ten steps back. By no means am I an expert on world affairs or do I have even a rational solution on what policy makers should do to make this world less terrifying and saddening. I’m just an American-Muslim providing a lense to another perspective that you may have not thought of to please stop blaming an entire religion and closing our hearts to a world that needs us.
Let’s break that down.
Please stop blaming an entire religion… // Why is it that after every terrorist attack I personally feel on-edge and the need to defend my religion to get slapped in the face with something like: Well, I know you aren’t a terrorist bc you’re “mainstream Muslim”. Wtf. How about we stop focusing on the word “Islam” so much and start looking at the words “terrorist group.” Here is a better-worded position that share my sentiments by another American-Muslim:
And closing our hearts… // As preventative measures, we’ve closed our borders practively to refugees from Syria because they may pose a threat. Sure, I have family and friends and loved ones in Texas that I want to protect from danger, but by refusing to help those in need and by turning our backs we aren’t containing ISIS. Instead, we are forcings tens of thousands of people who are hopeless and suffering to turn to a terrorist group for guidance and support only fueling ISIS to grow.
To a world that needs us. // We are so fortunate we live in a world where we can share our well-wishes and our thoughts, our prayers, our words of hope within seconds globally; however, why is that we are handpicking which countries we want to show our love for? Many countries are being attacked by terrorist groups, almost daily, yet we don’t support the lives of third world countries or as another American-Muslim so wonderfully put:
To my friends, family and BATPers who have even just read up till now, thank you for keeping an open mind and an open heart and listening to the American-Muslim POV. That’s a step towards tolerance.