Where Do We Go From Here?

Last night, Paris was hit with the worst attacks of terrorism since World War II. As suspected, ISIS claimed responsibility for these attacks as if it’s their own sick badge of honour. My prayers go out to the families of the deceased and to the injured. May they find a measure of peace in these difficult times. And also to the people of France as well; I pray that this cowardly act of barbarism doesn’t blind them to the humanity present in each and every one of us; I pray that they do not seek revenge against Muslims that, with them, denounce these radicals. Continue reading “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Before you go and join ISIS…

A short letter to potential recruits

 

Salam alaikum,

Peace be with you, whoever you are. You may be a young Muslim, anywhere between 18 to 30, most likely male. Perhaps you’re a convert, swept up in the religious zeal of your newfound faith. You’re angry at the injustice going on in the world. You’re distraught by the discrimination you face as a Muslim.

Regardless, you have been drawn into the ISIS war machine by their promise of adventure and the romance of restoring the glory of Islam. Maybe your bags are already packed and you’re ready to go.

But before you board your flight to Syria or Iraq or wherever, ask yourself this simple question:

Are they merciful?

Continue reading “Before you go and join ISIS…”

Chapel Hill, Islamophobia and The Future

A man lighting candles at a vigil

It’s a sad fact that sometimes it takes death for us to spur on change. So for the Muslim students murdered in Chapel Hill—for Deah, Yusor and Razan—your deaths have not been in vain.

They were murdered execution style in their home, and if mainstream media is to be believe, it was over a parking dispute. I suppose it’s also worth mentioning that the killer was abrasively atheistic, but one’s personal beliefs shouldn’t factor into their motives, should it? I mean, if it was one zealous Muslim shooter killing three atheists the story wouldn’t be any different, right?

Right? Continue reading “Chapel Hill, Islamophobia and The Future”

ISIS does not speak for me

The beheading of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are among the many recent atrocities that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) has carried out in recent months. More frightening is the speed at which this group came into power. Just a few months ago, the name meant nothing; then after June 9, following the sudden take-over of the city of Mosul, ISIS suddenly became an international name.

Then came a surprising declaration: they re-established the Islamic caliphate. Or, at least, they did in their own minds. Rather than by consent of the Muslims, as is required for a legitimate Islamic caliphate, ISIS established a caliphate the same way a tyrant establishes dictatorship: through force and coercion and oppression. And by claiming they have established a new caliphate, they are basically saying “We speak for the Muslim world.”

But ISIS does not speak for me. Continue reading “ISIS does not speak for me”