A day after the series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, which have been linked to the Islamic militant group ISIS, a phrase saying “Terrorism has no religion” is now trending on Twitter. Muslims from around the world are posting on social media that they “condemn terrorism, after the Paris attacks,” showing their sympathy with the people in Paris.
— Zia Liv☁️ (@_hazzasmile_) November 14, 2015
This may seem ironic to many, especially since the general fear of terrorism is linked to Muslim fundamentalists, which has created a massive prejudice-mentality toward the religion of Islam as a whole.
The dialogue below between a Muslim and a non-Muslim show just how desperately many people are trying separate who is a radical and who is not.
@Ayisha_Malik How do we tell difference between people like you and the terrorists? I've read numerous accounts of "radicalized" moderates.
— Torsen (@TorsenJ) November 14, 2015
The migrant situation in Europe is fueling a lot of tension by itself, especially since a lot of people are suspicious toward their new neighbors due to the difference in culture and belief. Many people, whose opinion seems fueled by prejudice and fear of terrorism, believe that Islam itself is synonymous to terror, and that the religion promotes violence against those who do not believe in it.
The website “The religion of peace” explores the question of whether the Quran — Islam’s book of faith — really contains verses promoting violence. In their search, they found the “Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with non-believers for the sake of Islamic rule.”
However, those who intend to calm the waves and people’s opinion about the religion say: “Islam does not promote violence.”
— مُتعجب (@Moha_Alruwaili) November 14, 2015
Many supporters of Islam are defending the religion, claiming it is a non-violent faith. The “oldest and largest American Muslim umbrella organization” in North America, ISNA, left a statement on its website saying they “condemned the six terrorist attacks that left over 100 dead in Paris, France.”
While there are those who defend the Islamic religion and claim it is non-violent, ISIS affiliated accounts on twitter are apparently “claiming the Paris attacks for the Islamic State,” using the hashtag “Paris on Fire.” This is the same hashtag used to celebrate the Charlie Hebdo terror attack.
Even though it seems that the international community is split by racism, prejudice, and xenophobia at present, there still seems to be hope, with those who dream of peace and harmony among mankind, regardless of ethnicity or faith.