The media increasingly uses the word “terrorist” or “terrorism” in association to an attack or crime that has been carried out by a person or group that claims to be Muslim.
This constant attitude portrayed by the media has brainwashed many people into thinking that Muslims and Islam are synonymous with causing terror. The truth however, something which mainstream television and news strive ever so rigorously to obscure, paints a different picture.
Over the past month, many Muslims have become the victim of vicious attacks by terrorists. Infact, let me just take a moment to state that it is Muslims that are the most adversely affected by such violence and hate committed in the name of Islam.You can google and check the statistics for yourself.
My own country, Pakistan, has been ravaged by horrific attacks. We watch the news and it rips our soul apart continuously. I can see the vacant expression on the faces of the people of my country and all the people on the news that have been victims of the madness,insanity and inhumanity. The smiles have faded and in the world as it is, it appears that being a realist translates itself directly into philosophical terms as being a pessimist.
28th June, 2016 – Istanbul Atatürk Airport Attack
45 dead. “On Tuesday night, three suspected Isis militants launched a brazen assault on Turkey’s main airport, exploding their suicide vests after gunning down numerous passengers and airport staff.”~ via The Independent
2nd July, 2016 – Dhaka Cafe Attack
20 killed. “Gunmen whom many have linked to Isis raided a popular cafe in an upscale neighborhood in Bangladesh’s teeming capital.” ~ via The Independent
3rd July, 2016 – Baghdad Bombings
160 dead.”The bombings came near the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when the streets are filled with young people and families after dusk”
“they attacked Baghdad. In the early hours of Sunday morning, a car bomb exploded in the crowded Karrada shopping district.” ~ via The Independent
July 4th, 2016 – Triple Bombings in Saudi Arabia
- Jeddah: Around 2am, attacker detonates near US consulate. Bomber dies
- Qatif: Around 7pm, Shia mosque in eastern city struck. Bomber dies
- Medina: Also at 7pm, Prophet’s mosque attacked. Four guards killed, bomber dies
“Four security officers have been killed and five others wounded in a suicide attack outside one of Islam’s holiest sites, Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said.
The bombing at the Prophet’s Mosque in the city of Medina was the third attack to hit the kingdom on Monday, following blasts in the cities of Jeddah and Qatif.”
“The blast struck moments before sunset prayers when people were breaking their fast inside the mosque.
The masjid, which is also known as Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, is visited by pilgrims from around the world during the final days of the fasting month of Ramadan.”~ via Al Jazeera
A serene image of Masjid-an-Nabawi
Al-Masjid an-Nabawī was established and originally built by the prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him), situated in the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia. It is the second-holiest site in Islam, after al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.
These events are tragic and all other such atrocities are equally disturbing. What is more disturbing for us as Muslims is that whenever such an incident occurs our religion and people as a whole face a backlash. Before propagating such hate please understand where we; the wrongfully accused and often times ignored, stand.
(All Images in this post are from the internet)