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How Should Muslims Deal with Terrorist Attacks?

December 7, 2015
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Muslim at a mosque.

Muslim at a mosque during a prayer vigil following the attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

When the circumstances seem right, Muslim terrorists are striking in America and Europe.

American Muslims are good members of the community. However, many Americans believe that Muslims are a threat to this country. Muslims are trying to find ways to deal with those beliefs.

The Muslim community is divided over how to respond to terrorist attacks such as the recent one in San Bernardino, California.

One group stresses that there is no problem in being a good Muslim and a good American. However, events can make people think that is not true. An expert said Muslims themselves must convince people otherwise.

He pointed, for example, to a recent Ramadan fundraising drive to raise money to rebuild black churches that have been burned down. He said, “That is the kind of stuff that changes hearts. We should be doing blood drives, cleaning up neighborhoods, tutoring people.”

Some Muslims say they must apologize for any Muslim involvement and condemn terror attacks. An advocate said, “We are not owning up to the problem when we say: this is not my Islam. I did not pull the trigger. I do not believe in extremist ideas. I think we’re setting ourselves up for this animosity that comes our way.”

Another Muslim said, “We need to deal honestly with issues of extremism. As long as we use denial and deflection, it will feed American distrust.” He further commented that Muslims must change their narrative and do more than just condemn extremism.

These Muslims say it is time for a Muslim reform movement. Muslims must reject the caliphate. They must fight for the equal rights of Muslim women.

Moderate Muslims in Indonesia are starting a campaign to change the way the world sees Islam. It is a global program to portray Muslims as moderate people.

Source: The Washington Post December 6, 2015

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