by Zeba Haseeb, Staff Writer
Terrorist. This word has been thrown around quite easily in society these days. Exactly what does this word mean? The actual definition is a person who systematically uses terror especially as a means of coercion (Merriam Webster, 2013).But the definition has been evolving; does it actually mean a person who has no shame in wearing a head covering or reading their holy scripture in public or a person who is blamed for actions that people of their religion committed and feels helpless when being attacked? Does it really make sense to blame a community of people based on the actions of a few individuals that claim they do it in the name of God? The incident of the Boston Bombings has taken targeting Muslims to a whole new level.
The tragedy of the Boston Bombings has had negative impacts on Muslims just as much as anyone else. The two men responsible for the gruesome attacks that injured dozens cannot be held responsible for the actions and points of view of the rest of the population of Muslims. Two men decided to make a poor choice and anger is being taken out on innocent Muslim people. For example, a girl wearing a headscarf to school should not be afraid of what others may think of her. She should not be frightened by thoughts such as people thinking she’s a terrorist and not wanting to interact with her. Those dirty looks impact an individual a lot more than one may think.
Many people have made it very transparent that Muslims are individuals who should be feared and the religion of Islam teaches violence and turns to war for everything. Our media seems to have manipulated the population into thinking that all Muslims are full of hate and driven with anger and violence. Showing the extremists in the Middle East and saying that this is what Islam is, is basically comparing the red necks of the United States and saying this is America. There is no way that a small group of people can define everyone as a whole. The religion of Islam teaches peace and prosperity, not hate and war.
“Those who approach you with hearts restraining them from fighting you as well as fighting their own people, therefore if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (Guarantees of) peace, then Allah Hath opened no way for you (to war against them)” (4:90). “But if the enemy inclines towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah. For He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things)” (8:61). The Quran has verses that state to put forth a hand of friendship with people of other religions; not fight them. Islam is the religion of peace; it encourages the immediate termination of any type of disagreement. There should be no need of the fear of Islam, but more of an embracement of the religion. Islam should be treated just as equal as any other.