N.C. shooting spurs talk of Islamophobia: #tellusatoday


Originally published in USA Today

The fatal shooting of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C., last week prompted a debate about Islamophobia. Letter to the editor:

I heard the tragic news of the senseless killing of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in my neighborhood last week. My deepest condolences go out to the families of the deceased.

Whether the motive behind this heinous act was hate for religion or a car-parking dispute, it is imperative for us, as peace-loving people, to refrain from inflaming the hate and religious bigotry in society that may have contributed to this attack.

One thing is certain, at least from the Islamic point of view: The killing of these innocent souls was like “the killing of the whole of mankind” (Quran 5:33)

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Seidu Malik

Seidu Malik obtained his PhD in Pharmacy/Microbiology from the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia and worked in environmental microbiology as research associate for 2 years. Seidu was awarded the prestigious American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) postdoctoral fellowship for research work in molecular basis of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. From 2012 to 2014, he was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral research associate where he worked on protein export systems in M. tuberculosis. Seidu is currently serving as a secretary pf Islamic Education for the RTP Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

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