On last Friday night, a series of coordinated attacks struck France capital, leaving 120 people dead and over 100 wounded. The attacks hit popular nightspots – including a stadium and concert hall -- at a time when innocent civilians were in the weekend mood, relaxing and enjoying nightlife with families and friends. It occurred in a horrific and unprecedented manner and became the worst deadly attack in France since WWII.
The attack was against all humanity and universal values – including democracy, freedom and multiculturalism. As it was claimed by the Islamic State, it has sparked fear and growing anti-Muslimism sentiment in Paris and across the world.
Unsurprisingly, every time Islamic extremists carry out an attack, the world’s 1.6 billion -strong Muslim community is expected to bear the blame. Social media has also opened a floodgate of racist posts that clampdown on immigration and Muslims. Some European right wingers used the tragedy to attack the Muslims, and to capitalize it for political gain.
“The mass immigration machine churns on… How is this making life better for us? Can we all agree that no more Muslim immigration?”
Malloy, a young man born in New York told a story of his brief encounter with Muslim cab driver at the night of Paris attack. The 23 year old hairdresser who became the first customer of the cab driver two hours after the attack revealed driver’s account of discrimination he was facing.
He was told by the cab driver that he experienced the saddest moment after the attack as his religion became the target of suspicion and discrimination. “People look were looking at him in fear or anger”.
Malloy later tweeted about his experience and called upon his followers to “stop generalising people.” The post has already been retweeted almost 50,000 times.
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris, a mosque in Peterborough, Ont., was set ablaze and a Muslim woman in Toronto was assaulted and robbed. The police treat both incidents as a hate crime.
An article about Wafa Sultan, a courageous woman who inflamed the Muslim world to speak out against the evil of Islam has been wildly circulated in Chinese social media. But the article misleads readers into believing that Muslims and Islamic ideology are the same, and that Sultan hates all Muslims.
In fact, there are two distinct mindsets among Muslims. There is the peaceful majority and the violent minority. There are those who claim the Quran encourages violence and there are those who disagree, believing the message is one of love and peace. Most Muslims are not Islamic extremists, and they are nothing like violent Jihadism believers who claim that they love death like enemies love life. Many Muslims I speak with privately denounce political Islam. They don’t condone violence but consider their religion to be a peaceful nature.
ISIS cannot represent Muslims just like KKK cannot represent Christianity.
Not all Muslims are terrorists, certainly not. Most Muslims including the New York cab driver share similar values as the rest of us. They are our brothers and sisters. They are family oriented and hardworking people. They are the great contributors to the growth of our economy and stability and security of our society.
In fact, Sunltan made it very clear in her speeches that she is anti-Islam, but she is not against Muslim.
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