I’m a Muslim. You don’t know me. If you follow this blog or subscribe to it or whatever, you still don’t know me (mostly because those that follow this blog are all strangers, a scary thought for me a bit but alas).
Everyone has an opinion. Some of them are the wrong opinion. Some of them fall under the presumption that their opinion trumps others. Do American Muslims not have the ability to have an opinion? Absolutely not. We are writers, poets, journalists, scientists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, mothers, and fathers. We are people.
Of course there are two kinds of people in the world. Those that follow their own agenda and decide that no one should live happily if they can’t or are not able to (yes, I believe that at least 50% of hate/terror in these cases comes down to happiness level and sanity) while the rest of the others either conform to the rules of society or break them through rebellion and resistance.
This is not trying to convince you or sway you in any particular direction. Maybe you’re a socialist and think everything is corrupt. Maybe those conspiracies you said about the police were true. In at least one city. Maybe more. Maybe you wanted to be arrested. To send a message. Who got the message? The target group or just the police? Would you die for any of your causes? If you say yes, would you really? Do you hate/love so much you would die and kill others for the cause?
What about things like Sharia law or “Refugees taking over my freedom?” you might ask. Sharia law is a system of government for running banks, laws, and day-to-day life under Islamic ruling. There are currently only 15 countries that follow this, combined with the country’s own government. Sharia would never happen in the U.S. or Canada because there are no Islamic courts. Read more here (in fact, please share it if you find it insightful): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/sharia-law-usa-states-ban_n_3660813.html
I could write whole host of other topics, but if you watch the news and listen to the President then you might be confused on what to think. Besides, I’m also no expert. You might be lost and you might be wondering how to make sense of it all. While many of you are capable of googling “what is Islam” or “Islam” or any other number of combinations, I’m going to share with you now some sources that I think you might read. Especially since you made it to the bottom of this post.
New Pew Research: Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world
BBC Report: What is ‘Islamic State?’
I can add more and recommend numerous Gallup polls on the topic of Muslims.
If you want to learn something, what’s stopping you. Before you say the media puts a negative light on Islam sometimes (I know) making it hard to sort through the good and bad, I ask you to seek out polls like Gallup and Pew Research for expert analysis. In addition think tanks or non-profit organizations like the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Advocates, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Unity Productions Foundation as sources to seek out for information on specific Muslim groups (including law firms, non-profits, workplace, media, and community groups/organizations) along with reports on the status of Muslims. And yes, that was a super run-on sentence but check out those organizations.