Monday, November 16, 2015

To Those Who Misrepresent the Words of the Prophet Mohammed

'This Is Not Islam': #NotInMyName Campaign Revived After Paris Attacks
"These attackers do not follow the beliefs of any religion. The ideology of terrorists is hate."

The Huffington Post  Dominique Mosbergen Senior Writer, The Huffington Post Posted: 11/16/2015

"Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind," tweeted London-based journalist Shehnaz Khan on Friday, quoting the Quran. Khan also included two hashtag with that messages: #TerrorismHasNoReligion and #NotInMyName.

Following the wave of terror attacks that killed more than 130 people in Paris last week, many Muslims and others around the world have revived the hashtag #NotInMyName to take a stand against the Islamic State and the extremism they preach.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks.

The hashtag #NotInMyName first gained prominence last September when the Active Change Foundation, a London-based organization that works to combat violence and extremism among youth, launched a campaign showing young British Muslims challenging ISIS.

This week, the foundation reiterated its message with a series of strongly-worded tweets

Though hashtags like #MessageToISIS and #NotInMyName have been praised by many as a way to unify a horrified world, such messages have also been met with criticism.

Last September, for instance, the hashtag #MuslimApologies began trending at the same time as #NotInMyName. It was posted by social media users who argued that such messages were reductive or unnecessary, and could further propagate stereotypes. In recent days, #MuslimApologies has also experienced a revival on Twitter. 
Let's look at this again.  I have read the Koran several times.  These are indeed the teachings of Mohammed.  How many Islamic or non-Islamic armies can claim to act on these precepts?  

From the crusades of the Middle Ages, on to present day, there are fewer and fewer nations, leaders, officers and soldiers who respect the rights of their enemies.  Mohammed was indeed a great leader and a wise men.  Those members of the so-called "Islamic State" do not truly understand or respect the real teachings of Islam.  They do not bring about enlightenment or justice.  They bring only terror, pain and death.  They should be ashamed at how they twist the words of the prophet, and do evil in his name. Jihad is properly an individual's striving for spiritual self-perfection.  It is not the murder and terrorizing of those you do not know and who have never done you harm.