Not in the name of my faith #TerrorismHasNoReligion
Terrorism has no religion

Our world is filled with an all too familiar blanket of sadness and heartbreak for people we never met but whose tragic demise has touched our hearts as we consume the news surrounding their passing. Social media is filled with a sense of outrage, of anger, of sadness and helplessness. No matter how many articles or images of support we share online, it can never bring back the lives that were innocently lost.

The sadness at the attacks in Paris is being compared to the attack in Beirut one day earlier. The news coverage of both events is being compared and contrasted. Facebook has enabled its users to temporarily or permanently change the colours of their profile pictures into red, white and blue in solidarity with those mourning in Paris. Many questions arise as to why this was not done with other atrocities and crimes committed elsewhere in the world.

As a Canadian Muslim woman my grief has been questioned. I have been asked why I am mourning the loss of these victims when it was alleged members of my faith group that perpetrated these heinous crimes. I was also asked what makes my Islam more right than THEIR Islam (that of the alleged perpetrators). The truth is that I share the same views as the majority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims.

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I sat silent for too long; allowing others to speak for me, for Muslims, for a faith and belief system I hold too close. One that I know to be rooted in peace, in sacrifice and in charity; a vision shared by millions around the world. Millions who shudder at the thought of their faith being hijacked by the select few who choose to pervert it into a vehicle of propaganda, hate and violence.

It’s become commonplace to spread hate speech about Muslims, to make up stories of our beliefs and practices, all in the guise of free speech. While we all share a sense of anger, sadness and disbelief that such a large-scale coordinated attack took place in one of the main metropolises of the Western World, we should all be allowed the freedom to mourn. 

Moments after the attacks took place, many took to social media to spread hate speech, fling accusations and blame the migrants for the attacks. The truth is, it is not a people but an ideology of hatred that needs to be combatted. An ideology rooted in ghettoization, isolation and marginalization.

The actions of these cowardly people do not represent Islam any more than the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church represent Christianity. Innocent lives have been taken in a horrendous way. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers awoke to the realization that their loved ones are no more. They are aching and grieving and our thoughts need to be with those people right now. 

Humanity shares in the sense of sadness when any innocent life is lost. There is so much senseless dying, killing, fleeing of homes and fear in the world. What does all this lead to? What is the world we are creating for our future generations? Think about the millions of refugees fleeing the violence and oppression in Syria; making the trek on foot and by boat with barely the clothes on their back. Consider that the imbeciles who committed these atrocities are the same genre of human filth the refugees are fleeing in their own countries.

In the aftermath of these horrible atrocities, it is everyday Muslims around the world; particularly in the West that brace themselves for the aftermath. The hate speech, instances of racism and inevitable discrimination that follow.

We should realize that all people around the world are ultimately the same. We all suffer from the weaknesses of the human character and benefit from all of its strength. Whether it be different sects of a religion or rival gangs in a city, ignorance and fear plague human beings everywhere in the world. At the same time, altruism, love and empathy are also human characteristics and detectable in every culture and every nation. Which group do we want to include ourselves in?

Here are some things that Muslims Canadians had to say about the tragedy in Paris:

Fariha is a mom of two, journalist, blogger, social media specialist and digital influencer. She is also an ambassador for Canadian diversity. Her blog specializes in lifestyle, automotive, travel, giveaway and product reviews from a uniquely Canadian perspective. If you are interested in collaborating or promoting your product, service or travel destination, email Fariha: editor@canadianmomeh.com or find her on Twitter @CanadianMomEh.
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Fariha

The author Fariha

Fariha is a mom of two, journalist, blogger, social media specialist and digital influencer. She is also an ambassador for Canadian diversity. Her blog specializes in lifestyle, automotive, travel, giveaway and product reviews from a uniquely Canadian perspective. If you are interested in collaborating or promoting your product, service or travel destination, email Fariha: editor@canadianmomeh.com or find her on Twitter @CanadianMomEh.

4 Comments

  1. I too feel that the World is putting a faith/it’s people into a category that they shouldn’t be in! We need to come together as a civilization and put an end to this hatred. Nobody blames ALL white men because one white man murders his neighbors (ex.) So how is this any different? We need to blame the radicalism and the people, if you can call them that, that are doing this. Show support and stand up. The World needs it!

    * I’ll always stand by you Fariha. You have my full support. {Hugs}

  2. I’m so happy you wrote this. Such a devastating occurrence to the entire world, but pointing fingers is cruel. I’m French-native-polish and I have friends of every nationality and religion…including muslims. Not one of them believe in terrorism. As you said “terrorism has no religion”. It’s like hating Italians because of the mafia, canadians because of gangs, americans because of guns, etc etc etc. It’s not fair.

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