I AM NOT A TERRORIST


Cramps, colds and everything else is happening simultaneously. And what’s worse, I had to show up at work. I know. I don’t work much, but I am a full-time student, taking a killer load. So my main job is studying.

So back to work, it was really slow ( I am a salesperson). My constant sneezing and coughing didn’t really attract any customers my way either. Not to mention the way I dress.

I hung around some co-workers and we were talking about, I can’t even remember, when they mentions something about how another co-worker constantly refers to me as “terrorist”.

My co-workers didn’t think much of it and continued their conversation. I told them to stop and who is he calling the terrorist again?

My Christian co-worker was honest. He said that my Indian co-worker refers to me as terrorists, almost always. “Yep, terrorist is late today,” “terrorist called out today”. Etc..

(Just note that the fine Indian co-worker isn’t even American)

I was hurt. I was so hurt to be referred to as a “terrorist”. How am I close to a terrorist? Why have a laugh on my expense? On any one’s expense.

I was almost in tears. Angrily I explained to my co-workers that they shouldn’t allow this ignorant man to call me such names.

“we always tell him to stop” said the co-workers.

“I told him that it was not nice and I totally lost respect for him” said my Christian co-worker. Who I admire for his honestly and consistent practice of his faith.

I am not a terrorist. I am a Muslim, American, Egyptian, Educator, Daughter, Leader, Student, A Soul, An advocate for peace, A person with a soft heart, A person who loves people, A person who is shy to answer a person who is done me wrong, A person who forgives, A person who makes mistakes and says dumb things, A person who dreams to make the world a better place, and will InshAllah someday.

I am not a terrorist. A terrorist is a person who is terrified of people, their only way to defend their ideas is to slash others. And my dear Indian co-worker, of all, is the number one terrorist in my book. His ignorance and lack of knowledge has allowed him to make fun of a nation that make up a Billion of the Earth’s population and 98% of his country’s population–Bangladesh.

Who is the real terrorist?


It sure isn’t me or these children. It’s not my fellow Muslims in the mosque praying to Allah to lift the misery on the poor Muslims around the world, the Muslim praying to get married, have children, pass their Bar exam or make best offer on that dream home.

I am hurt. Because labels of any sort hurt. I know we do it sometimes without thinking, but they really hurt. Because if you label people, trust me, the same people can turn around and label you as well. Stop refering to anybody as “them” and “us”. You are only afraid, because you know you are just like “them”.

Action:

In the heat of the moment I decided to go to HR (Human Resources) of my company. It will be on this person’s file. I would definitely get him pissed. I would contact Corporate.

An hour later, I decided I won’t. Instead, I am having the older co-workers at my job talk to him. And I will talk to him myself next week. I can’t stop someone from being ignorant and I cant stop him from hating me or any other Muslim, but I can stop him from harassing me.

Muslims are not Terrorist. Islam is not a violent religion. A group of Muslims are pissed at the West’s foreign policy and so they kill themselves. Why do us, real Muslims, all 999.999.099.99 million of us have to pay for what a few idiots decide to do?

Islam teaches me to treat my neighbors right, help the poor, love for others what I love for myself, share my money, love people, care for strangers as family, be clean, independent , be tolerant of everyone and most importantly fix, fix, fix, not destroy.

I am not a terrorist. I am a Muslim. I am a follower of the one true religion–Islam. I recommend everyone to read history and to learn who are the real “terrorist”.

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10 Responses to I AM NOT A TERRORIST

  1. we muslims are against terror.

  2. BaSia says:

    No one like Indians, do not worry brother, I see them everyday and u must learn to treat them like shit otherwise they will do this with u. They respect only those who treat them like nothink..

  3. Dear Friend, I am sorry this is your feeling however in Islam all people are created equal and in front of Allah swt people will be judged according to their duties, behaviors and worship, not upon which culture or nationality. We need to stop putting people down according to their place of birth for surely that is from Allah to decide. We are not to judge–leave that up to Allah swt.

  4. perceptor1 says:

    Mohammed is a terrorist…All Muslims immitate Mohammed… (edited for repetition of points)

    Bukhari:V4B52N220 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror.'”
    Qur’an:8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”
    Qur’an:8:57 “If you gain mastery over them in battle, inflict such a defeat as would terrorize them, so that they would learn a lesson and be warned.”
    Ishaq:326 “If you come upon them, deal so forcibly as to terrify those who would follow, that they may be warned. Make a severe example of them by terrorizing Allah’s enemies.”
    Qur’an:8:67 “It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made a great slaughter in the land.”

    Qur’an:7:3 “Little do you remember My warning. How many towns have We destroyed as a raid by night? Our punishment took them suddenly while they slept for their afternoon rest. Our terror came to them; Our punishment overtook them.”
    Ishaq:510 “When the Apostle looked down on Khaybar he told his Companions, ‘O Allah, Lord of the Devils and what into terror they throw, and Lord of the winds and what they winnow, we ask Thee for the booty of this town and its people. Forward in the name of Allah.’ He used to say this of every town he raided.”
    Bukhari:V5B59N512 “The Prophet offered the Fajr Prayer [Prayer of Fear] near Khaybar when it was still dark. He said, ‘Allahu-Akbar!’ [Allah is Greatest] Khaybar is destroyed, for whenever we approach a hostile nation to fight, then evil will be the morning for those who have been warned.’ Then the inhabitants came out running on their roads. The Prophet had their men killed; their children and woman were taken as captives.”

  5. I will not get into this so deeply simply for the fact that you have taken all of these out of context of the situation they were reveled. All of those from the Quran were revealed after the believers had been attacked and were forced to fight. When you take only one verse out of its setting yes you will be shocked and say wow those Muslims are horrible and only know about terror. However let us see the real situation.

    Why are there verses in the Qur’an that encourage Muslims to kill non-believers wherever they find them?

    The Importance of Context

    The word ‘context’ has two dictionary meanings:
    1. The parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect. 2. The set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.

    Any discussion on Qur’anic verses that refer to violence would be meaningless, without a study of the surrounding context. Before we study the verses in question, therefore, let us examine this issue in a wider perspective:

    The Sanctity of Life

    The Glorious Qur’an says:
    “…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.” [Al-Qur’an 6:151]

    Islam considers all life forms as sacred. However, the sanctity of human life is accorded a special place. The first and the foremost basic right of a human being is the right to live. The Glorious Qur’an says:
    “…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” [Al-Qur’an 5:32]

    The value of human life is so great, that the Qur’an equates the taking of even one human life unjustly with the killing of all humanity.

    The Verses of War

    The words that often cause consternation among those unfamiliar with Islam, are: “…and slay them wherever ye catch them…”

    The truth is that this is only part of verse 191 of Chapter 2 of the Qur’an. Let us read the verses 190 to 191 in order to get a complete picture:

    “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.” [Al-Qur’an 2:190-191]

    It is a well-known fact of Islamic history, that fighting against aggressors was prohibited during the first thirteen years of the Prophet’s mission. After Muslims migrated to Medina, the verses above were revealed to enable the community to fight in self-defense. The verses that follow clearly indicate Islam’s prohibition on aggression and inclination towards peace:

    “But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.” [Al-Qur’an 2:192-193]

    The verses above specifically refer to fighting against oppression and in defense of religious freedom as the Glorious Qur’an says:
    “Let there be no compulsion in religion” [Al-Qur’an 2:256]

    Fair-Dealing Towards All

    When read in context, the above verses do not even remotely suggest an exhortation for Muslims to be vicious or hateful towards people of other faiths. Far from this, the Qur’an actually requires that Muslims conduct themselves with fairness and dignity in all matters, and especially in regard to interfaith relations, as indicated by the following verse:

    “Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just.” [Al-Qur’an 60:8]

    The verse you posted up do not reflect the other verses that are around them. For example, let us read this verse.. what do you think about it? [2:191] You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the Sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is the just retribution for those disbelievers.

    You will feel it is very aggressive. Now put it into context with the situation that was occurring at that time,,,,

    Rules of War*
    [2:190] You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you, but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.
    Footnote

    [2:191] You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the Sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is the just retribution for those disbelievers.

    [2:192] If they refrain, then GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

    [2:193] You may also fight them to eliminate oppression, and to worship GOD freely. If they refrain, you shall not aggress; aggression is permitted only against the aggressors.

    [2:194] During the Sacred Months, aggression may be met by an equivalent response. If they attack you, you may retaliate by inflicting an equitable retribution. You shall observe GOD and know that GOD is with the righteous.

    [2:195] You shall spend in the cause of GOD; do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction. You shall be charitable; GOD loves the charitable.

    Also, 4:89-90
    89.
    They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks;-

    90.
    Except those who join a group between whom and you there is a treaty (of peace), or those who approach you with hearts restraining them from fighting you as well as fighting their own people. If Allah had pleased, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you: 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).

    So you can see that always the path of peace and treaties is best and most loved by God however if someone is aggressing against you or attacking you then you have the right, and must, defend yourself. It is so simple as that.

    Here, taken from a Christan dialog on the web: When the desertion of the hypocrites at Uhud nearly caused a disaster to the Muslim cause there was great feeling among the Muslims of Madinah against them. One party wanted to put them to the sword; another to leave them alone. The actual policy pursued avoided both extremes, and was determined by these verses.

    It was clear that they were a danger to the Muslim community if they were admitted into its counsels, and in any case they were a source of demoralisation. But while every caution was used, no extreme measures were taken against them. On the contrary, they were given a chance of making good.

    If they made a sacrifice for the cause (“flee from what is forbidden”, see next verse) their conduct purged their previous cowardice, and their sincerity entitled them to be taken back. But if they deserted the Muslim community again, they were treated as enemies, with the additional penalty of desertion, which is enforced by all nations actually at war.

    Even so, a human exception was made in the two cases specified in 4:90.
    As Christians, we get upset when atheists quote the Bible out of context during their attacks on our faith.

    It is therefore indefensible for a Christian to practice the same deceit.

    I have to applaud this Christian for being open minded and honest and being able to see through all the media hype and mis information

    I hope that this helps to clarify the issue of war being mentioned in the Quran and that people need to realize that these events really took place and the issues dealt with specifically are related to those events with general teachings given through them.

    Basically you need to understand that Muslims should not be the aggressor – as stated clearly in the Quran, but have every right – and duty– to defend one self, community, homes, person, and family from aggression and attack.

    Sakina

  6. C says:

    There are hundreds of jihadist organisations that are trying to kill infidels. Real kafirs are being murdered by Islamists in an average of three attacks every day.

    This is not a matter of phobia, but reality.

    The threat to human life and human rights is real.

  7. But we cannot call them Islamists… criminals maybe.. because those who know their Islam, and its teachings, and really liiiiiiiiiiiive Islam, will not kill innocent people indiscriminately.

  8. Kind of like how the USA is taking away your civil liberties and yes, Supremacists are always justified in removing the human rights of ‘the other’. Supremacists never apologize. That is why you will never find the US government backing down or apologizing, even when their faces are in dirt like Afghanistan and Iraq. There is only ONE being that we need to follow, trust and believe in and that is the one true GOD Almighty, the father of Abraham, Allah.

  9. oriana says:

    You are making up your own facts. You are living in your own reality. This is cultish. But Islam is the most successful cult. A cult indoctrinates paranoia.

    Americans apologize frequently. They are big enough to admit when they are wrong.

    Your paranoia about Americans shows you haven’t known many Americans. Americans are the most generous and kind-hearted people on earth.

    Shame on you for inventing your own facts.

  10. May God give you enlightenment. “”Your paranoia about Americans shows you haven’t known many Americans. Americans are the most generous and kind-hearted people on earth.””==> I am 100% American who’s grandparents were part of opening up the west. Go fish. If you think American Government does admit mistakes go read “They Dare to Speak Out” by Senator Paul Findley. Yes there are many Americans who are kind and open hearted but there are plenty others who are vicious and corrupt, just like in any society== we are humans and humans are not perfect, but Allah, God Almighty is perfect in all His aspects. There is only ONE God and this is the message of Islam. If you are ready corrupt texts which brainwash and distort truth I ask God to guide you.

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