question marks

This morning, I watched large portions of Malala Yousafzai’s UN speech, and it confused me a little.

She is a very brave young woman, and I don’t want to put her down in any way, but her comments with regard to the compassion she learned “from the prophet Mohammed” (among others, at minute 7:30) raised my eyebrows. What’s this? Islam is not a compassionate religion.

Then, at around minute 10:30, she says, “The terrorists are misusing the name of Islam…for their own personal benefits.” Then, later on, “And Islam is a religion of peace, humanity, and brotherhood.”

I don’t believe this is true. I believe that the Muslim extremists and terrorists are NOT the odd ones out. They’re the ones following their own Quran’s mandates to kill the rest of us.

But Malala’s speech is being widely well-received, because it’s just what everyone wants to believe. Everyone wants to believe that other people want peace just as badly as they do, and they want to trust other people. Around the world, people are listening to Malala and thinking, “I knew it! Islam IS a religion of peace! They’re so misunderstood!”

But that, I firmly believe, is merely lulling us into a false sense of security. Perhaps some Muslims are peaceful, compassionate people. Perhaps Malala is one of those. But the religion itself, as cited above, is most definitely not.

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2 thoughts on “question marks

  1. You’ve clearly never met any Muslims. While I’m not Muslim myself, I grew up in a city with a large Muslim population and can definitively tell you that you are incorrect. What if people judged Christians or Jews on some of the truly terrible things in our holy books?

    There are and always will be extremists in every religion. They don’t speak for you, do they?

  2. I too have met moderate Muslims, in the United States. To my shock, I actually heard one of them say that if Bin Laden had been right in his claims against America, 9/11 would have been justified. Similarly, a former Muslim (now Christian) once told me that after 9/11 he heard his mosque IN THE UNITED STATES had had something of a party. As one young Muslim told him afterwards, “I wish every day was 9/11.”

    True, there are extremists everywhere, and moderates too. The difference is that at the end of days, in both Judaism and Christianity, it is G-d alone who is capable of meting out universal justice to evildoers of every age and place in life. Islam, on the other hand, says it believes that at the end, the rocks and trees will cry out, “There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

    It is not to say all Muslims are this way, but there is too much evidence to claim Islam is, in its purest form, a religion of peace. In other religions, martyrs are generally those who die for what they believe, not those who take as many women and children with them as possible. How many Christian or Jewish suicide bombers have you heard of?

    It’s not enough to claim that Muslims have suffered much and poverty drives them to extremism. Jews endured the Holocaust, have been hunted down for centuries, and to this day are assailed around the world. Bin Laden was, after all, from one of the wealthiest Arab nations on earth.

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