Sneak Peek: What is a Muslim? by Jamila

What Is A Muslim?
Jamila A.
Mr. Dickhudt’s 11th grade class

What’s your view of Muslims? The Afghanistan and Iraq wars persuaded Americans to refer to the followers of Islam as “terrorists.” Why? Because of the media. For instance, The New York Times, named the best book of the year “The Forever War” by Dexter Filkins. This book basically talks about America’s conflict with Islamic fundamentalism. Dexter Filkins, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times “witnessed” the rise of the Taliban. In his words, “the September 11 attack was the aftermath of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.”

The Arabic word “Islam” means peace through the submission of God. Islam is articulated by the Qur’an. Allah is not the God of Muslims only. He is the God of all people and all creation. Just because people refer to God using different terms does not mean that they are different gods. Spanish people refer to God as “Dios” and French people refer to God as “Dieu”, yet they are all the same God…

Although Muslims are viewed and or defined, terrorist, unjustified violence and the killing of innocent people is absolutely forbidden in Islam. Islam is a way of life that is meant to bring peace to a society, whether its people are Muslim or not. The extreme actions of those who claim to be Muslim may be among other things, a result of their ignorance or uncontrolled anger. Those who commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are simply not following Islam. These people are individuals with their own views and political agendas….

You may wonder if I’ve ever been misjudged. The answer to that is yes. Every day I wake up and realize that the ignorance is impossible to stop. The media, newspapers, etc. are advising that Muslims are terrorists. The real problem is, America in general is too busy pointing fingers, and that you don’t even realize what’s happening other than what you’re being told. Why aren’t we being treated as fair as the rest? Why are we looked at differently? Many Muslims are being killed for who they are, or who they look up to. So, we disagree on a few things, but at the end of the day god created us. We’re all human; we’re all gods’ creation. So why are we still not helping each other grow, and why are we killing each other’s souls?

Honestly, it’s terrifying to be a Muslim in this country. No one can truly understand the feelings of having more than half the world of countries blame you, for something that was misunderstood. The name calling, the Quran burning, it’s really just a nightmare. Our nightmare never ends. It has been years after the incident, why is the hate continuing to grow? Muslims have been tortured, bullied, even killed. Just recently a lady pushes a man into the train tracks because she thought he was a Muslim. How sickening is that? The ignorance can stop if we stop believing everything in the media. Don’t blame the followers of Islam, is what all of us Muslims are trying to say…

Your 9/11 is our 24/7. So a couple “Muslims” make an ignorant choice of action, and the religion gets blamed? No religion in the name of God involves violence! If you ask me, the only person that should be called a “terrorist,” is George W. Bush. And I’m sure we can all agree on that. Millions of Muslims around the world are dying as you’re reading this; they’re not being seen as humans, in others eyes, we Muslims are being seen as a waste. That’s not a piece of paper that’s being thrown away, that’s a life.

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