There’s nothing ‘Islamic’ about the Islamic State

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Originally published In Pennsylvania Live

Your attacks in Paris (and around the world) sicken me. My immense sadness at the innocent loss of life is rivaled only by the extreme anger I feel towards you. I don’t know where your funding is coming from that allows you to still function.

But as a Muslim, I do know this – Your hatred and your violence is prohibited by the religion that you claim to act in the name of.

While I follow the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s motto of “Love for All, Hatred for None” I despise your existence. You are a disgrace to not only Muslims, but to all of humanity.

You are an enemy to Christians, Jews, Hindus, Athiests, and to mankind as a whole. But you are also an enemy to Islam and Muslims.

Just because you grab the headlines more than the rest of us who are just trying to live our lives, be good neighbors and citizens, and serve our communities, doesn’t give you the right to call yourselves an “Islamic” anything.

You do not represent or speak for me, the religion of Islam, or the vast majority of peace-loving Muslims around the world. The only thing you represent is the worst of humanity, and the dark depths that man can reach. How dare you say “God is Great” before you kill His creation. You are a thief of lives and nothing more.

You’ve won some hearts. There are those who use your hatred and ignorance to fuel their own. Some use the fear of you for their own political power and financial gains.

Some will use your cowardly and unjustifiable actions to generalize and judge over one and a half billion peace-loving Muslims.

But there’s many more of us who will not fall for your schemes. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and those of other faiths or of no faith, know that unity, peace, and harmony among all people is the true creed to live by.

I do not fear you. You are the one that should be afraid. Consider this not just some words of condemnation of your existence and actions.

Let this serve as a warning: Fear the punishment of God Himself

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