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Terrorism Has No Religion


Narmeen Rehman

  |  July 8, 2015

“You’re a terrorist.”


“Because you’re Muslim.”

As the words rolled off his tongue, the sharp venom stabbed me. My chin dropped to my chest. My lips trembled, attempting to form words. Me, a terrorist? It didn’t make sense, what did I do? All I’ve ever known was peace.

At that point in time, I had just learned how to add fractions, loved to play house, and spend hours watching reruns of SpongeBob. Yet, I was accused for terrorizing innocent civilians about issues my innocent mind couldn’t even fathom.

As a second grader, I couldn’t comprehend why my religion would be a source of harassment. As a senior in high school, I don’t understand why it still is.

I condemn Al-Qaeda.

I condemn ISIS.

I condemn the 9/11 attacks, the Fort Hood tragedy, and so does my religion.

Still, no matter how many times I say it, I always feel like I’m talking to a wall. As the media continues to incorrectly cover Islam as a “dangerous” religion, I find the wall growing, brick by brick enclosing me inside a trapped box. With every click of the mouse or flick of my remote these talking screens depict the “War on Terror” as synonymous with the “War on Islam.” Voice after voice argues that all followers of Islam are behind all the violence in the world.

Ironically, the majority of the media shares the same misconstrued view: that Islam is a violent religion. In reality, it preaches the exact opposite.

The truth is, terrorism has no religion.

Instead, it hides behind a false shroud. The true beliefs of Islam that preach peace are being taken out of context and applied incorrectly by awful, malicious terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, cornering 1.57 billion Muslims of all backgrounds, colors, and ethnicities into the same box and constantly stereotype, generalize, and smear us for simply following our faith.

Is it fair for a majority to get punished for the acts of a minority? Would it be fair if one girl cheated on a test and the teachers suspended all students for her actions?

I’m tired of being punished for something I didn’t do and I wish I wasn’t so tired.

According to a Pew Forum’s report, only 54% of Americans knew the Qur’an was the holy book of Islam. If we cannot even correctly identify the book of a religion, how can we judge it?

It’s time for us to wake up, reject ignorance, and accept reality. Before you make assumptions about someone’s faith, make sure you know where they are coming from.

More than anything, I wish I could stop the violence. I wish society would learn from the majority before listening to the minority. I wish the ignorance of a few individuals would stop tainting the innocence of my pure beliefs. I wish I could find a way out of this box.

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