Boston bombers not true Muslims

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Originally Published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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.

About the author

Sohaib Awan
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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