Righting the Misconceptions – Not all Terrorists Are Muslim
By Sarah Siddiqui, Engage Minnesota
Same hate, different target. Almost every minority in the United States has faced discrimination. The same hate has been transferred over and over again, to different targets. (CAIR-MN). A few decades ago, and somewhat still persistent, it was the African Americans, and now it’s the Muslim-Americans. CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) conducted a poll asking the public, “On a scale of 1-10, with one being an America free of Islamophobia and 10 being the worst possible situation for Muslims in America, how would you rate the state of Islamophobia in America today?” The average answer turned out to be 6.4 out of 10. People blindly believe in erroneous views about Muslims being projected by some media outlets. In my opinion, the biggest misconception about Muslims is that all terrorists are Muslim.
Muslims who commit terrorism don’t understand that apart from betraying the principles of Islam, what they are doing is affecting Muslims all over the world. It is resulting in clear and present danger to Muslim minorities all over the world. On August 25, 2010, a Muslim cab driver was stabbed in a bias motivated crime. A 21-year-old man hailed a cab in New York, Manhattan, and asked the driver if he was Muslim. When the driver replied in the affirmative, the passenger slashed the driver with a knife in the neck, arm and face. (CAIR). This was a hate crime committed by a person who hated Islam and Muslims Most recently, three Muslim students from North Carolina, Chapel Hills were shot dead by an Islamophobe. These young people were model students and deeply cared about helping those in need. However, for the Islamophobe who was blinded by hate and brainwashed by the relentless campaign of fear and suspicion about Muslims in the media, it didn’t hold him back from expressing his hate by killing them in cold blood. All these hate crimes are being targeted at innocent Muslims who have nothing to do with Muslims who are committing terrorism elsewhere.
Several credible studies and research clearly shows that contrary to the general perception that is being propagated that all terrorists are Muslim, only a small percentage of crimes are committed by those claiming to be Muslim. According to a loonwatch.com article, “All terrorists are Muslim … except the 94% that aren’t,” the following graph shows terrorist attacks on U.S. soil by groups, from 1980 to 2005 according to state department database.
Not all Muslims are terrorists and Islam does not promote such horrible and inhumane acts. Groups or individuals who commit such acts are enemies of both Islam and humanity. Sure, there are some Muslims out there who harm innocent people, but that doesn’t mean we can generalize this and blame all Muslims for their actions.
Sarah Siddiqui is a high school senior and the current president of the Muslim Youth of Minnesota. She is a life-long Minnesotan and lives in Blaine.