Opinion

Reacting To Charlie Hebdo — Two Extremes‏

Just as the Lord of the Resistance Army, Jewish Defense League, League of Militant Atheists etc do not represent the world’s Christians, Jews and atheists respectively; terrorists who kill in Islam’s name do not represent the world’s Muslims. Islam is only represented by the Koran and the example of the Prophet Muhammad.

To the extreme anti-Islam critics, you also need to educate yourselves on Islam. Like Ahmed, the vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving and hardworking citizens of their respective countries. Our faith forbids any violence, explicitly equating the murder of one human to that of the whole of humanity (5:32).

The only acceptable reaction to a tragedy such as #CharlieHebdo is unconditional condemnation. It is neither in justifying the act, nor in fueling more Islamophobia.