With all the recent and on-going media against Muslims, it is important to understand the dynamics of the Muslim community. A lot of people do not know that there are sects and deviations within the Muslim community that are not upholding the proper Islamic values that adhere to the Quran and the Sunnah. Though modernists and western ideologies will see the beauty of the Quran and Sunnah, and certainly will not agree on many factors, both the true practice of Islam and the west share a clear stance against acts of terrorism in any religion.
A lot of the western media do not report attacks within Muslim countries against Muslims. This leads to people assuming that terrorist attacks are only done towards Non-Muslims. However, the same ideology that fuels terrorist attacks in western countries are the same people that fuel terrorist attacks in Muslim countries.
All of them aim to cause harm to innocent people and threaten the safety of the people.
Many westerns will say that we as Muslims need to take more responsibility for our people. And Western Muslims will respond that if a white man murdered someone, does that mean that every white man has the responsibility to each other? Meaning that we as Muslims have nothing to change about our situation. Although I agree we are not the same as those people who commit these horrible acts, I do believe that Muslims do have a lot to change about our current situation.
We need to return back and learn our religion properly.
We need to make sure our children are learning the religion properly so that they will not be brainwashed by incorrect ideologies. This is not only to ensure the safety of people, but mainly also for the sake of Allah and for our Hereafter. We cannot go on this way as an Ummah. We must start learning and understanding the real and true meaning of being a Muslim and what obligations we have upon ourselves when we say the shahadah. We need to truly understand what our manners should be towards each other and towards people of other faiths. There are many reasons why people deviate from the proper understanding, but the vast explanation to all this is pure ignorance about our deen and lack of connection with the true people of knowledge in Islam. So returning back to learn Islam from it’s pure, authentic, proper sources not only makes us safer, but also uplifts our life and our rank in the world and the next, if Allah wills.