بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Within minutes of the Paris tragedy, news and social media erupted into a frenzy regarding everything that dealt with the attacks, and the hashtag #PrayForParis was trending everywhere.
As much as I would love to take part in this, I cant, I wont.
I will not pray for Paris because Im Muslim.
I can already imagine any anti-Islamist and Islamaphobe reading this pointing a finger at me and rejoicing, saying I knew it, I knew it. I knew you Muslims were disgusting and despicable.
Listen: If I choose to pray for Paris, it will look as if Im making an apology. As if Im giving out my condolences for something I’m responsible for and therefore am obligated to apologize for. As if I’m somehow responsible for the lives that were taken on that night and need to say sorry to the world because my barbaric beliefs caused it. It is not possible for these people to realize that I have nothing to do with terrorism.
So Im not going to pray for Paris, because I don’t want to apologize for something I didn’t do. By apologizing I would only be confirming the suspicion that I am somehow at fault for this act of terrorism. And even in the case that I do apologize for what these terrorists are doing in the name of “Islam”, people like Donald Trump would brush this off as an attempt to cover up for all the problems I’m causing for being Muslim.
“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. When can we get rid of them?” -Donald Trump
In the same way being Muslim makes me refrain from praying for Paris since I do not want to apologize for something I was not responsible for, I will pray for Paris because I’m a Muslim.
Believe it or not but as a Muslim I believe in compassion and peace. I believe in mercy and that no one should be dying and shedding blood like the innocent victims did in the Paris attacks. As a Muslim my heart goes out to any of my neighbors in pain, as cheesy as that sounds.
I don’t care that they dislike Muslims there, I don’t care that hijab is not allowed in the institutions there. Heck, I don’t even care that they will be shutting down our Mosques there because of the terrorists. What I do care about is to pray for these people there, regardless of their religion or ethnicity because at the end of the day, they are going to have to live through the aftermath together. We can’t have people too busy pointing fingers at each other while the terrorists continue growing together.
In conclusion, don’t pray for Paris because you are Muslim, pray for Paris because you are a Muslim:
Don’t pray for Paris because you feel like you are obligated to do so as a Muslim, pray for Paris because it’s a city full of people who are going to cry themselves to sleep tonight. #PrayForParis
*On the news it said “only Mosques that are radical and that are suspicious” will be forced to close down, which in my opinion is a way of saying “we will shut down as many Mosques as we can” because there’s no concrete way to determine which Mosque could foster terrorist attacks (if any).
*I was in a hurry to post this so please disregard any issues in the writing, I will fix them soon!
Here is the article I got the Donald Trump quote from.