Boston bombers not true Muslims


Originally Published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer


It is unfortunate that when I first heard about the Boston Marathon bombings, instead of thinking “Oh, God, please have mercy on the victims and their families,” I thought, “Oh, God, please do not let the perpetrators be Muslim.”

When I heard the perpetrators were from Chechnya, I made another mistake; I sighed with relief thinking that they definitely weren’t Muslims. It turns out, they were Muslims, but only in name. I say this because I know the Koran I study tells me that “whosoever kills a person, it shall be as if he had killed all of mankind” (5:33).

I know that the religion I follow does call for jihad — which is a holy internal struggle against evil. What those cowards did is anything but jihad. Reflecting back, my sigh of relief was justified; these terrorists do not deserve to be ascribed to any religion.

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Sohaib Awan

Sohaib Awan serves as the Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America and as a Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, USA. He is currently a student at Northeast Ohio Medical University pursuing his medical doctorate.

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