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ISIS Does Not Represent Me Or My Religion

ISIS Does Not Represent Me Or My Religion

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks on Friday, there has been an array of mixed responses from the public. Many have changed their profile pictures on Facebook to show their solitary with France at this time while others are questioning why the millions who perished in Beirut, Syria, and Palestine combined have not received as much attention and empathy.
But what many do not have to deal with as a result of these attacks is a deep concern for their own safety. The fear in many Muslim’s minds in America is how to deal with the impending backslash and hate in the wake of ISIS declaring its supposed responsibility for the attacks. 9/11 turned the world upside down for all Muslims in the home they call America – there was no doubt that the attacks on Paris would do the same. The social media response has already begun as many have began to blame Muslims for the terror events in Paris, even going to the extent of blaming it all on the Refugee Crisis.
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The now revived hashtag #NotInMyName was created in 2014 by a group of young Muslims in east London after the murders of two British aid workers, Alan Henning and David Haines, by Islamic State terrorists.  It has expanded in its role to remind the world that the Islamic State does not represent the true essence of Islam and the majority opinion of the Muslim population around the globe. Using the hashtag #NotInMyName, Muslim Twitter users have expressed their grief with Parisians all the while expressing their disbelief that such terror attacks are being, once again, attributed to their faith and religion. Rather than apologizing for the religion and carrying the burden of such accusations, they are taking back their image as Muslims from such terrorist groups to vocalize the true essence of Islam.
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But what is quite saddening is the fact that many Muslims have to come to such desperate measures to announce to the world for the hundredth time that ISIS does not define them and that they need to express sympathy for any attack that takes the lives of innocents.
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And some… still. don’t. get. it.
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I guess we’ll just keep tweeting?

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  • Muslims are in a difficult challenging situation. It seems as if Muslim lives have no value. Their predicament, loss and grief seems not to matter.

    • I thought muslims didn’t care about this life? that it is the next life that is important?
      so what is the difficult challenging situation? whether to be or not to be…a terrorists?

          • You don’t hear correctly, if at all. Choices are relative. Not absolute.You don’t understand or figure correctly. You seem not to understand relevance. And don’t understand the nuance in the link you have presented.

          • so what you are saying is that a suicide bomber’s death is the will of allah? the innocent killed are killed by the will of allah?
            are you a big fan of al-ghazali?

          • so you said you accept death as the will of allah. If you read al-ghazali’s ‘the incoherence of philosophers’ he claims that allah is in control of all things. as he says, ‘fire doesn’t burn the cotton, allah burns the cotton’. thusly isn’t it reasonable for a suicide bomber to believe that he is not blowing himself up? or killing innocents. if allah so wills, the bomb will only kill those whom allah wishes to kill.
            so whose will is it that the suicide bomber dies. and the victims of the bombing dies?

          • False premise. You are straw manning. Now I am certain your are trolling. And have no idea of what you are talking about.

          • how is it a straw man to point out that muslims blow themselves up and then their relatives rejoice. how about the Pakistani woman who throw acid on her daughter because she looked at a boy. after being arrested she said the daughter died because it was “the will of allah”.
            how about the hadith were Muhammad is sleeping and one of his wives is picking lice out of his hair. he wakes up smiling. she asks what he is smiling about. he said he had a dream and he saw so and so die in battle. falls back asleep and wakes again smiling. now he saw another person die. the wife says she hopes to die for allah. he falls asleep again and awakes smiling saying that he sees his wife die as she falls from her riding animal while on jihad.

          • In Islam, you cannot even kill a spider, so how would it be possible that you could kill a human?
            The ‘Muslims’ who think that you should kill innocent people are deluded.
            The number one rule in Islam is that you cannot kill.
            If you kill somebody, you are guaranteed hell, no matter how much you repent.
            You are also not allowed to kill yourself.
            Even if a Muslim is under threat of being killed by someone, they should just allow themselves to be killed rather than fight back and kill the perpetrator.
            If these terrorists even looked into their religion a little bit they would realise this.

          • what? what Koran and hadiths are you reading? muslims aren’t pacifists. you seem to have them confused with the amish.
            read the 8th and 9th surahs. read the 82nd and 84th book of bukhari.

          • Not really. The word Islam has Arabic root “Salema”. The word has no direct translation in English. However, it has attributes that together mean Islam. Islam stands for: Peace, purity, piety, equity, submission and obedience. In religious sense: Islam means submission to the Will of Allah and obedience to His Law.
            Muslims believe Islam to mean: Everything, all phenomenon in the world, except for Man submits to and is administered totally by God’s Laws. That means full complete total obedience to God submitting to His Laws. Much like all matter submits Gravity. Submission to gravity is a property of matter. Everything is thus in the ‘State of Islam’.
            Except Man. Man has been given Free will’ Man has been given, ‘possesses the qualities of intelligence, choice, will. He is thus invited to submit to the Will of God and obey His Law: Islam. Become a Muslim.
            Submission to God, obedience to His Law, becoming a Muslim, is the optimum state, guarantee for Humanity to live in harmony. Live and let live. Peace and Equity for all: ISLAM
            Islam dates back to the creation of Man and Woman. Humanity: Adam. Islam’s message has been conveyed to Humanity by God’s prophets and messengers, including Abrahim, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Islam’s message has been restored God’s last prophet and messenger: Prophet Muhammad.
            Arabic ALLAH means God. To be precise and exact it means: The One and Only Eternal God, Creator of the Universe, LORD of all lords, KING of all kings, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, Most Forgiving. The word Allah to mean God is also used by Arabic speaking Jews and Christians. But NOT always in the same exact sense. Islam is the ultimate Monotheist belief. Judaism is a close second. The rest are essentially, in the strictest sense, idolaters.

          • actually it is submission.
            either way muslims aren’t pacifists. see the battles of badr, uhud and trench. or here, read this book:
            Definition of Jihad:
            The linguistic meaning:
            • Lisan Alarab: Fighting the enemy. It involves using all effort in words and deeds.
            • Mujam matn al lughah: Jihad is commonly used to refer to waging war for the sake of Al-haqq (the truth)
            In Islamic terminology it means:
            Calling towards the true religion and fighting with one’s soul and wealth against those who reject it. (Al Inayah Sharh al Hidayah (Hanafi))
            Jihad is fighting. (Al Sheerazi in al Muhadhab (Shafi’i)
            Jihad is a Muslim waging war agianst a non-Muslim who has no peace agreement with Muslims and the fighting is for the sake of the word of Allah to prevail. Jihad is also fighting the non-Muslim who attacks Muslim territory and it is also the Muslims attacking the non-Muslims in their land. (Mawahib al Jaleel fi Sharh Mukhtasar Khalil (Maliki))
            Jihad is a cure for the individual and the society. It cures the individual by delivering him from the sickness of disbelief to the wellbeing of Islam. Disbelieving in Allah is the greatest disease of all and the most destructive on all humanity, while Islam is the complete cure. Jihad cures the society by eliminating the source of corruption and oppression. Leaving the disbeliever unharmed increases the disease and strengthens it and allows the cancer to spread. Therefore Islam cannot flourish and Muslims cannot live in peace unless the disease is cured. If it is possible to cure the disease by using a medicine then be it. Otherwise the infected portion must be amputated even though the amputation could cause pain and suffering for the body. But then no one could claim that the amputation cruel or inhumane. It was necessary for the survival of the body. That is precisely the role of Jihad in Islam. First the message should be conveyed through peaceful means. If the peaceful course is exhausted and it did not bear its fruits, the bearers of the truth would need to draw their swords and fight in order for the word of Allah to prevail.

          • I would break down the bible in its original text “Hebrew” and prove lies too, but see that might really confuse you so let’s take it a step at a time. How long was the English language out? Hmmm why not learn the bible in Hebrew? Oops, I know, the truth will happen. Drink this; get someone that speaks Hebrew to look in the “Old testament” and explain 5/16 the songs of Solomon in Hebrew seeing that the language is similar to Arabic what name is mention MEANWHILE the English version explains him. Who is him you might ask right? Muhammad boo *wink
            Again my question is WHY try to change the truth? Hide but don’t change it. The truth is in the books, ALL OF THEM. But I guess the media has you now don’t it? THEY GOT YOU RIGHT WHERE THEY INTENDED TO GET YOU=Lost smh
            Lastly, Isaiah 29 verse 12 check it out!!!
            Yes, jihad means a struggle in way of Allah, ok so you wanna say a “fight” sOooo where is it defined killing of innocent place? This believing Muslim know isn’t Jihad. What is July fourth about? War, duh so they must be jihadist too aey. The US was also established through Wars, what’s your point?! WAKEUP I’m “JustSaying”

          • what in the world are you talking about? the bible (ingeel) is a sacred text in islam. the bible is a terribly written book with lots of non-sense in it. why do I need to learn Hebrew, the English shows its stupidity quite nicely.
            boo *wink? wtf does that mean? are you saying that the bible predicts the coming of Muhammad? yeah I’ve heard muslims say that. so what. boo *wink I’m not a Christian or a jew.
            how am I trying to change the truth? what does the media have to do with the stupidity of the Abrahamic religions?
            yes America was established through a revolutionary war. what does that have to do with islam?
            where does it say it is ok to kill innocents. the 19th book of muslim. 4321 I think it is. ‘when asked about the killing of the women and children of the polytheists during night raids. Muhammad said, “they are of them.”‘ boo wink.
            and who gets to define who is ‘innocent’. are you for the killing of apostates? blasphemers? in the Koran (5:33) it says to kill people for ‘spreading corruption’. that is a pretty open ended command.

          • Thankyou so much for this. I wish people wouldn’t take everything on face value and accept what the media says and why they ignore points such as the ones you have made.

          • I’m am sorry i haven’t been to explain to you that Islam doesn’t teach terrorism. You can’t sit behind your screen and tell me all Muslims are terrorists when I am a Muslim and I know hundreds of Muslims and none of us are terrorists. We know that we aren’t violent and that’s all that matters. Please leave us alone, you have no right to tell us we are something that we are not. I am truly sorry you haven’t been able to see that.
            The crimes committed by Isis are unspeakable and it makes me so upset that I am being associated with such horrendous crimes.

          • who said all mulsims are terrorists? I know I didn’t. good to hear you and your hundreds of friends aren’t violent. but clearly there is something in islam that lends itself to this kind of violence.
            have you ever read the book of jihad by ibn nuhaas? how about the hadiths? do you think when your religion says the greatest house in the highest level of heaven is reserved for the martyrs, that that might lead people to want to die for allah? ‘the horse of the mujahedeen on a long rope grazing in the field….is worth more than any prayer’. something like that?

          • Killing innocent people isn’t dying for Allah.
            And you clearly said Muslims aren’t pacifists. Well I am a Muslim and my friends who are Muslims ARE pacifists.
            The definition of martyr is not to kill hundreds of innocent people. These lunatics who do kill may think they’re martyrs but they’re not and it is also clearly said in the Hadith that if you kill one innocent man it is as if you have killed the whole of mankind. That clearly says that you kill innocent people you go to hell, right?

          • you sure you are a muslim? the: “if you kill one innocent man it is as if you have killed the whole of mankind” is in the Koran. 5:32.
            but the question is who is innocent? what the verse actually says, is is your kill one soul, ‘unless it be for murder or spreading corruption’ – sometimes ‘make mischief in the land’ depending on which translation you are reading. then 5:33 reiterates this concept. ‘it is but a just recompense for those who make war on god and his apostle and endeavor to spread corruption on earth, that they be slain in great numbers, or crucified in great numbers or have their hands and feet cut off in great numbers. such is their ignominy in this world, yet in the world to come more awesome suffering awaits them.
            as for a hadith, you should read the 19th book of muslim.
            good to hear you and your friends are pacifists, but it is not part of Islamic doctrine. do you think Muhammad was a pacifists?

          • ” it is also clearly said in the Hadith that if you kill one innocent man it is as if you have killed the whole of mankind.”
            No it is NOT clearly said in the Hadith–a false/flawed document. It is said in the Holy Torah but there it is specific to the Jews. It is said in the Noble Qur’an for ALL of humanity.
            With each of your posts you are making it clear that you may not be a Muslim but an impostor. A pretender, hypocrite. many of them are around masquerading as Muslims…thanks to their ability to ‘Cut n Post’ from the Internet without understanding.
            Are you a Muslim?

          • Don’t be foolish, Islam is what built the U.S . It is already established that Islam is a way of life not a religion. ISIS hunni is an acronym for Israeli Secret Intelligence System created to mislead fools as yourself who is blinded to the reality of what’s going on. Or maybe u know this and want to pretend. Lol its all in history that which has been altered for years. History doesn’t lie. I suggest u do some research. It isn’t FAR fetched that a Jew man can disguise himself as a Muslim EASILY. See the Muslim are the richest in the land because of its oil resources but u shld already know that and the fight is based on conspiracy to gain power of that, duh. What better way than to perpetrate Muslims as suisidal bombers in order to gain access, steal, and distroy. Pardon me if this is too real for you! Or worst hard for you to comprehend. Question: the media is a private entity controlled by whom? The Jews so it’s being evident that they are the enemies to Muslims, No actually to Islam. WHY on earth wld they have something good to say?! For years & years they’ve been known to break treaties, to cause corruption etc, tell me what changed? Lol ur silly, but I’ll pardon your ignorance because the one who knows and the one who DOESNT know are NOT the same. Clearly! Do me a favor get ur research up!
            Learn to pick sense from nonsense…it might help your mental. Since YouTube is ur source, limme help you out.
            Check it out #Peace
            Oh and let’s not forget Saudi Arabia and the US are allies IF Muslims were that bad why be allies with the land Islam was founded on, go ahead read up now #TalkWhatYouKnow #NoWhatYouThink

          • ah, that explains it. the illuminati. got it.
            “Learn to pick sense from nonsense” so you don’t think gog and magog are nonsense? is al-khidr immortal? or is that silly? the beast in islam will rise from the land with the seal of Solomon and the staff of moses, it will have the head of a bull, the neck of an ostrich and the chest of a lion? this is sense?

          • “Even if a Muslim is under threat of being killed by someone, they should just allow themselves to be killed rather than fight back and kill the perpetrator.”
            Where did you get that from?

          • LW stands for Loonwatch. A notorious rumor mongering disinformation Blog. He is LW mod’s ‘special’ pet, shall we say.
            Just Saying…

  • The right attitude for the West to take about Islam is, “Believe what you like, since you have come after us with deadly force, we will eliminate you and all you stand for, all you cherish and all you consider holy by deadly force. You’ve asked for it.”
    What we need is to punish the perpetrators of terrorism, including those who finance actual perpetrators in their bad actions, and including states which sponsor by financing, supporting and encouraging bad actions. We need to fight a war against those states which are using state-sponsored terrorism to advance their cause of bringing the western world to its knees. We need to do this in such a way that the so-called “moderate” Muslims see that their cause is not only evil, but hopeless. This means that attacks must not be planned to spare the “moderate” Muslims.
    If the “moderate” Muslims want to preserve any parts of their religion, I think that we in the West must give them an ultimatum: if you don’t stop these insane practitioners of your so-called “peaceful” religion, we will do it for you, and there will be nothing left of it when we’re finished.
    That was the message to Japan in WWII, and that is what we need to do now with Islam. Nothing less than victory — meaning that we have to fight the war, the right war for the right reasons with the right goals, or this carnage will simply continue.

  • Retaliation is mandatory in Islam. Reactive adaptation is powered by Evolution. Blow back is a natural law. Newton’s Third Law.
    Don’t twig the hornets nest. Don’t start stuff you can’t handle. Muslims will not start but surely will finish it, however long it takes. Learn this lesson of history.

    • That’s a rather disgusting remark. “Don’t start stuff you can’t handle?” So ISIS’s actions in Paris are France’s fault, despite the fact that ISIS has been slaughtering people in the Middle East for what, two years now? Should France and the West stand back and let ISIS continue to cut Christian and Yazidi throats, trade women like cattle, and stone people for being gay? Whose side are you on, dude?

      • …that one should learn from history. France is meeting face to face with its colonial past. One does not have to go as far back as the Crusades which are written in the Muslim genome.
        One can study, should study what the French did in Africa in relatively recent history. The carnage, torture, cruelty and loot it perpetrated in Algeria, for example: French Death Squads roamed the countryside shooting every single Muslim male, raping their women–mothers, daughters, children. Looting their property.

  • It’s not the question that whether ISIS represent Islam or not. The question really should be whether ISIS is using Islam as a weapon to bring tyranny on others including Muslims or not? If so, why hasn’t the Muslim world risen up to teach them a lesson about the real Islam. Making separations about what constitutes Islam or what not constitutes Islam won’t help ever.

  • Really. Are Muslim condemning “lesser Jihad” concept collectively? This is only way to separate yourself from ISIS ideology truly..

  • … Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment

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