Recently, news has been spreading about the conflict in Iraq that involves the Islamic State (IS). Also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), this jihadist group is considered as a terrorist organization by the UN and the allied forces. This self-proclaimed caliphate led by a caliph or “successor to Muhammad” that claims religious authority over all of the Muslims all over the world.
A Terrorist Organization
According to experts, Jihad means “to struggle in the way of Allah”. Sadly, jihads are usually associated with bombings, executions, and other violent acts. That is why the ISIS, though it seems that the group has noble intentions, is branded as a terrorist organization. The number of people they have hurt and killed over the years makes this ideology look really bad, leading to the very bad reputation of the group and Muslims in general.
That is why countries like Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, the United States, and even the United Nations Security Council have branded the ISIS as a terrorist organization. This has earned them as a group that is just out to kill all non-Muslims.
Fact is, the majority of Muslims are peaceful people. Bad thing is, because of some Muslim extremists, all of the Muslims are being wrongfully accused, judged, and are deprived of their rights. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Muslim, especially those in the United States have been victims of abuse and harassment, not just from Americans but from all nationalities all over the world. Since then, Muslim communities all over the globe have worked hard to try and remove the notion that Muslims are violent and peaceful citizens. However, these actions by members of the ISIS have thrown all of their efforts away in defending Islam against those who judge and discriminate against them. During such time, Muslims oftentimes became victims of workplace discrimination. Some others are bullied are ridiculed because of their religion. For years, the Muslim communities in the US have worked hard to take this stigma away. They are not willing to just throw away all of their efforts, just because of the people that are members of the ISIS.
Fighting for Equality
Many members of the minority including people with from Arabian descent and Muslims have long been victims of discrimination and abuse. The situation involving the ISIS is just making the common American’s perception of whoever Arabs and Muslims are. However, with the non-stop effort of everyone, in the end, freedom from discrimination and abuse can be attained.
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