Boston Marathon blasts: Is terrorism Muslim?

Published: April 16, 2013
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Is it insane that I feel a little guilty, but I have no idea why? PHOTO: AFP

Last time I checked, terrorism had no nationality or religion. It was defined as the senseless slaughter of innocents by perpetrators of violence.

No matter what causes these terrorists claim to endorse, the damage they inflicted was not supposed to represent the teachings of the religion they identified with or the country they hailed from.

All that tolerance is only in theory though. When we hear of attacks and blasts by violent groups, we tend to assume everyone who is associated with the belief system which these extremists recognise is tainted by their malicious intents.

With the Boston Marathon blasts only a few hours old, rumours of the attacks having been staged by extremist Muslims have thrown the Muslim community across the globe into disarray. As for Muslim Americans, this foreboding feeling is familiar terrain.

9/11 saw them thrown into jail, observed warily in public places, isolated socially in schools and offices on accounts of a Quran in the house, a long beard, a head scarf or even a middle-eastern accent. Few Muslim Americans have not been on the receiving end of the suspicion, bordering on hatred that Muslim communities are eyed with. Yet Islamophobia remains a phenomenon American media and lawmakers rarely talk about. Despite no certain news of the people or events behind the terrible incident in Boston, the social media is already split between two camps- those who sit with fingers crossed, wishing fervently for the people behind the blasts to be anyone but followers of Islam, and those who have already begun pointing fingers at the nearest Muslims they see, asking for their expulsion, punishment and public condemnation.

As a Pakistani Muslim coming to the States for the first time, this was my worst nightmare: being recognised as an enemy just because I was born in a certain place, or I prayed in a different way. Family and friends asked me not to take my national flag along, to leave behind my copy of the Holy Quran. I was terrified to disclose my identity when I first stepped off the plane into the liberal land of USA.

A year later, I feel relatively safer, more welcome in a college community that seems to accept me for who I am. But there is that familiar second look from parents of some American friends, when I say I am Muslim, or that my family is in Pakistan. Often it is nothing but curiosity.

I am used to questions like does Pakistan have internet?

How come you know so much English if you’re from a third world Muslim country?

But there is also the faint mistrust I have come to recognise. Because some crazy men decided to kill innocent people in the name of a religion I identify with. Because I am not the majority. Because I am a different colour, my Ls and Rs are not American enough, and often words like Inshallah (God willing) and Mashallah (thanks be to Allah) escape my lips.

If the man or woman behind the Boston attacks turns out to indeed be a Muslim, how scared should I be? Should I take down the flag in my room, and stop praying in the common rooms at college? Should I start lying about where I am from or what faith I belong to? Should I stop talking about how I am an International Relations major because enabling peace and security for people around me is my first priority in life, because, well no one’s going to believe me?

Is it insane that I feel a little guilty, but I have no idea why?

Either way, I must brace myself now for the anti-American Facebook statuses from home; friends who decide that this attack is poetic justice for the drone attacks they believe American society condones, or some other kind of loss they decided is greater than the death of children in another part of the world.

Every time something goes wrong in the west, there are always those in the third world who take this as an opportunity to compare the losses with their own, as if terrorism is a competition, and by losing more lives in their part of the world, they have scored a victory that needs to be publicised.

Perhaps this is when American society will understand that whether the people behind the Boston attacks were Muslim or not, the majority of Muslims across the world do not believe in violence, or terrorism, or killing innocent people.

Maybe this will be the incident that makes global communities realise that every kind of loss of innocent life is to be grieved over; the enemy is the same extremism and disregard for life, whether the latest blast be in Karachi or Damascus or Mali or Boston. Or maybe I’ve been doing too much wishful thinking, and its time I place my Quran in a good hiding spot and practiced my American accent again.

Read more by Areeba here.

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Areeba Kamal

An alumna and former employee of Nixor College. She is currently studying International Relations and Computer Science at Mount Holyoke, USA. She tweets @KamalAreeba twitter.com/KamalAreeba

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://www.leftsideoftherightbrain.blogspot.com.au Jamaluddin

    Very nicely written. I am a fan.Recommend

  • ZZZ

    aptly describes everybody’s feeling who lives abroad, terrorism has no religion! Recommend

  • David

    Coupe of clarifications for the traumatized author
    1- Muslims are not behind this horrific incident.
    2- You as a Muslim has to stand strong on truth of Islam instead of hiding yourself with your belief.
    3- Speak up in positive manner, instead of bashing Muslims in third world countries without evidence and labeling them extremists.

    Thanks.Recommend

  • usamasabir

    Well done . U described the feelings of every pakistani and muslim living abroad .hope that critics stop blaming muslims for that aftwr reading this post.May aAllah bless you ! :)Recommend

  • usamasabir

    @David: u as a non-muslim will keep on blaming us for this inncident…..my brother think beyond what people says……..ok u want evidence and logic that y we are saying that muslims did not blast there is that acvording to our religon we are asked not to take revenge from others. People says that “this blast was in result of us Drone attcks ” is base less……and as well as extremisim is concern the one who is extremist is not a muslim coz muslims are not extremisit. Sorry for my poor english. God bless uRecommend

  • lovePak

    Nice article. But just watch, if the culprit is white, he’ll be branded a retarded or socially awkward person, like James Holmes or Adam Lanza. But if he’s Muslim, he will be branded a terrorist.Recommend

  • http://gilgit SJ

    Is it insane that I feel a little guilty, but I have no idea why?
    that’s what i feel yesterdayRecommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/007zone Habibies

    People in Boston are shocked, left static and miserable on hearing that some are dead and injured in bomb attacks, but the whole world is silent on what is happening to humans in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Mali, and I can only produce list upon lists. Its very Sad indeed. :(Recommend

  • sab sach heh

    When Muslims are suffering daily bombings especially in Irag, Why is it one such incident in the usa should get world wide media coverage,, Especially as the usa IS the reason of the bombings and killings in Iraq..Recommend

  • JUNI

    religion and terrorism are two separate entities. no religion spreads hatred… one should be proud of his religion.Recommend

  • Lord Vader

    @ Habibi – Funny that amongst those nations staying silent are many of your ‘brothers and sisters in Isam’Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Terrorism is not muslimRecommend

  • http://www.kabacreations.com Vishnu Dutta

    In few days we will know who was behind it.Recommend

  • Pessimist

    Habibies
    People in Boston are shocked, left static and miserable on hearing that some are dead and injured in bomb attacks, but the whole world is silent on what is happening to humans in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Mali, and I can only produce list upon lists. Its very Sad indeed. :(

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  • Coke

    Terrorism is the use of terror for political gain.

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  • Ramiz

    I sense an apologetic tone in this article …..Recommend

  • V

    a kafir is recognised as an enemy just because he/she were born in a certain place, or he/she prayed in a different way??Recommend

  • gizmo

    well… peace Recommend

  • BlackJack

    @ET:
    You have got to be joking. Your moderation system is completely out of whack these days – you should change your stated policy on comments and just say that you won’t allow anything that you don’t like – since clearly adherence to any rational set of guidelines is hardly the criteria applied. Recommend

  • gizmo

    btw why is only “recommend” option? where is “dislike” ?Recommend

  • gizmo

    what is te point to comment? freedom of speech? where? here? Recommend

  • Irshad

    When these things happen I pray this not a muslim. Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Pessimist:
    Can you please elaborate. I just get angry when one person justify injustice using another injustice. Try to stand against oppression and injustices wherever it happens. Recommend

  • Mumbai

    Well, investigation is going on.Till then we cant say Recommend

  • Pessimist

    I agree with BlackJack.

    ET has totally butchered my comment. What can I do?!

    What do they employ as moderators?Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @author

    I would highly advise you not to display pakistani flag in your dorm room. I do understand your sense of patriotism, I used to do that with Bangkadeshi flag, once i came to US as a college freshman. Please try to reign in your slip of tongue for inshallah, mashallah as these words have no prevalence in western discourse. If Americans look at us Muslim with suspicion, then it is our fault. I have been living in US for 18 years and never for a minute felt discriminated because of my faith.

    Please don’t be so quick to jump to conclusion about who the perpetrator is. Investigation is underway, if the bombing is associated with Islamic extremists, I hope they get punished.

    In Pakistan blaming US for everything is a pakistani national past time. society in general in Pakistan lacks the concept of introspection.

    Yes many of my friends asked me why I speak so fluent English at the par with native speaker, I had to explain to them that my parents send me to British private school and they could afford it. Not everybody is poor and illiterate, we do have cities with skyscraper and 10 million plus population. You just have to answer their curiosities. Any way a good read. Please do a follow up once the investigation is complete. Your thoughts would be much appreciated around that time.Recommend

  • Zafar

    I just read on CNN that a Saudi is being questioned by police. These fanatic Arabs make it bad for all of us.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @author

    please compare your life here is USA compared to your past 18 or 19 years of life in Pakistan. please explain to your audience why Hindus, Buddhists or Jews not looked with suspicion in USA, answer is simple we Muslims have tarnished our faith with the intolerance we exhibit in our daily life. Not everybody but a significant of us do. You are a smart women and you know that answer. I know now many here would cite the example of drones and display their narcissistic pleasure at this tragedy. Recommend

  • Mj

    @ET

    My comment was relevant to the discussion, and within the guidelines. Recommend

  • Nandita.

    @BlackJack:

    Haha. Can I offer my commiserations? ;) :PRecommend

  • Syed

    Immediately after the attack, I saw another heading that Jordon’s Salafi muslim fanatic praised the attack. He said now US will realize how it feels. One fanatic speaks up and gets a headline. BTW these salafis are giving rest of the muslims a bad name. People should know who is always behind attacks on civilians. US must stop their friendship with these Salafis. Recommend

  • Passion

    Despite claiming to be a liberal newspaper, ET is quite scared of hurting the sentinments of its more religous readers. And we all know what happens when Muslim religous sentiments are hurt. Thats why all the realistic comments are being butchered, while religous sermons are being allowed to publishRecommend

  • Mj
  • Fahyim

    @Mehdi:
    Your opinion is well said. I think we need to be careful too.Recommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk

    @Mehdi:
    Well said.
    It takes a lot of courage to face truth and analyze it sensibly.Recommend

  • Muslim

    This complete obsession with saving ourselves and “other Muslims” and “Islam” among the societies we live in is very much Muslim.

    ET please publish this becasue this is the hard reality of us Muslims abroad.Recommend

  • Politically incorrect.

    When the OKC bombings happenedd in ’95 everybody was speculating that a Muslim could be behind it but they were proven wrong cause one of their own Tim McVeigh was responsible, the same thing happened at the Atlanta games in ’96, turned the man responsible was a “far-right” American fundamentalist.

    Sine 1980, 94% of terrorist attacks in America were done by non-Muslims according to the FBI, and 99.6% of terrorist attacks in Europe have been done by non-Muslims as well according to Europol.

    Not all Muslims are terrorists and certainly not all terrorists are Muslim, and the ideology doesn’t perpetuate terrorism either.Recommend

  • ItsAllOk

    @Zafar:
    “I just read on CNN that a Saudi is being questioned by police.

    As if you don’t have fanatics in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Heeni

    @Mehdi I think you’re opinion is a bit confused as a matter of fact.

    . ”In Pakistan blaming US for everything is a pakistani national past time. society in general in Pakistan lacks the concept of introspection**

    Saying mashaAllah, inshaAllah etc. is a religious right just as saying God bless, and you ar eno one to judge the intentions of why people say it. You know many non Muslims use the same terms too- shall we tell them not to say it aswell? If there is a minority of people who claim they are Muslim and do stupid things then it does not mean we stop practising our religion or culture- rather it measn we should celebrate it and become more God fearing that we are kept away from such perpetrators and define how to highlight the reality and beauty of all religions and cultures. Be a better Muslim so people understand the wisdom behind it or don’t be a Muslim full stop and neither claim you are the better ‘moderate’ Muslim who prefers not to say mashaAllah in publi so that others don’t think you’re a terrorist because you said ‘God Bless’! Definitely no logic in your statement.

    You’re telling Muslims to not be judgemental and jump to conclusions where as they’ve already received the persecution for it. History is witness to the fact that when we do introspect, it’s pointless.

    TTell me if someone raided your house, stole your food, stole your job, stole your wife/partner, killed your kids and left you wounded as well as everyone else in your town, what would you do? Sit there and blame yourself? This is not to say I support those so called ‘muslims’ who kill each other and do wrong to each other. it is an issue of humanity. The increase of poverty and persecution has ended humanity. The world has become ‘dog eat dog’

    Don’t tell me you believe everything you hear on the news because that will just be a sad fact

    Good job anywayRecommend

  • Thomas

    @lovePak:

    What are you saying, if it is a muslim who purportrated the bombing, he is not a terrorist?. Strange arguament!!!Recommend

  • Mj

    @Politically incorrect.:

    You conveniently leave out thousands of terrorist attacks carried out by muslim extremists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, India, and incidents in Bali, Madrid, London, Moscow and many other places.

    It certainly is not a numbers game or a competition, but we should be honest and recognize that there is a problem with a small percentage of our populations which thinks that terrorist attacks are morally and religiously justifiable.

    Refer to the Pew survey posted in an earlier comment and you’ll see that there exists small, but not insignificant, support for extremist actions and groups.Recommend

  • joe

    more than 20000 musim terrorist attacks and still counting

    It too large a number to be associated with one communityRecommend

  • Pessimist

    Politically incorrect
    Not all Muslims are terrorists and certainly not all terrorists are Muslim, and the ideology doesn’t perpetuate terrorism either.

    While I agree with the first two parts, the last part of your sentence can be debated. Unfortunately I do not envision it happening in a site such as ET. How unfortunate! Recommend

  • Pessimist

    Mehdi
    @Pessimist:
    Can you please elaborate. I just get angry when one person justify injustice using another injustice. Try to stand against oppression and injustices wherever it happens.

    Actually I gave a very strong rebuttal to the statement by Habibies. Unfortunately ET has completely removed my response and only left the original Habibies comment :@ Recommend

  • Final Solution

    my comment didn’t get through, but i’m fine with it cause MJ put it up apltyRecommend

  • Beep

    Areeba before you write about terrorism maybe you should take some time to read the literature on terrorism. As for the feelings of foreboding by Muslims in America or the fingers being printed at Muslims for attacks, your claims do make perfect sense but you should support them from what you may have read in the social media or in the media. Your writing makes sense.Recommend

  • Passively watching

    Odds are very high it was done by a Pakistani Muslim if not the only possible other alternative is of middle eastern descent. Recommend

  • Insaan

    @ZZZ: How many times India was attacked by Muslim invaders who forced people to choose between death and conversion to Islam?

    Why do you think many Pakistanis say they have Arab ancestry (DNA)?

    One Saudi is among the people who got hurt in the explosion?

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  • Insaan

    Author “If the man or woman behind the Boston attacks turns out to indeed be a Muslim, how scared should I be?”

    Don’t be scared more non-Muslims suffered more (including those killed) because of 9/11 attacks in USA then Muslims. Muslims kids are dying in drone attacks. Pakistan is a land of pure and very peaceful country. Recommend

  • Fahyim

    @Politically incorrect.:
    Actually your statements are most definitely ‘politically correct’. But I am not certain you are factual.Recommend

  • Mohinder sandhu

    I hope this has no pakistani connection,But if it is, its gonna be disaster.Recommend

  • zeeshan sheikh

    Oh 3 people killed in Boston bomb blast and you wrote a whole article within few hours;
    wowRecommend

  • Breaking Bad

    @gizmo: I love comments that have one recommendation by the person who is commenting lol but I agree there should be negative and positive ratings for comments.Recommend

  • sensible

    You perfectly describes the thoughts of muslim Americans. As Pakistani American I felt same after I heard the news. I also felt guilty as if it is done by one of muslim. I hope that not the case. Recommend

  • Hasan

    The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms defines terrorism as:

    The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.

    Recommend

  • Insaan

    @Habibies: whole world is silent on what is happening to humans in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Mali

    Whole world was silent when Iran and Iraq fought a war for 10 years. Whole world was silent when Pakistani army played taliban in Afghanistan and killed hundreds of thousands in Afghanistan. Three million Bangalis were killed by Paki army in East Pakistan.

    If you go back few centuries millions of Hindus were killed by Muslim invaders in India.

    Most Muslims are being killed by their Muslim brothers in most Muslim countries.Recommend

  • Imad Uddin

    nice depiction of your experience. among every people there is a small percentage which convinces their conscience on very weak and inappropriate moral justifications (they are called bad people) some convince themselve on better moral justifications, while the best people are those who despite suffecient excuse do no commit a wrong act unless its morality is virtually certain(good people)
    You can make similar scale for those who are more emotional and have oversimplistic understanding of reality (on one hand) and those who are sensible and have highly sophisticated understanding of reality(on the other hand).
    Any conflict or process of polarization begins with the worst people (possibly on both these scales) on both sides, but once the process begins, a chain reaction begins, it keeps on involving better and better people on the two scales. This is what we normally call polarization.
    Just think it is a phenomenon designed to test whether u r the best! good luck!Recommend

  • Babloo

    Is terrorism Muslim ?

    Long answer : No
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  • Parvez

    Appreciate the honest way you have written this.
    You’re in college, your task is to study, work hard, keep out of serious mischief, most of all be honest with yourself and with your family back home and my personal advice is not to shirk away from saying you’re a Pakistani or a Muslim because its not only bad for you’re self esteem, it is will also be seen as weakness and that you can not afford.
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  • hasan ahmed

    well first of all, its a really big loss and we condemn the bombing. you just wrote that “”” very kind of loss of innocent life is to be grieved over; the enemy is the same extremism and disregard for life, whether the latest blast be in Karachi or Damascus or Mali or Boston”””.
    So, the problem lies here and this is why people start comparing the losses. Although, i also dont like this attitude of theirs, but you should also start campaign to show prove these people that we are also with you during sorrow times just like you are trying to prove west that majority of Muslims across the world do not believe in violence, or terrorism, or killing innocent people. this will be more beneficial for all Recommend

  • Critical

    @Habibies:
    Wow,you have showed that u’re concerned only when muslims are being tortured by non-muslims..

    What about the tamils tortured by Sinhalese in Srilanka??
    What about the atheist bloggers targeted by Islamic parties in Bangladesh?
    What about the clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria??
    What about the case of Christians getting rounded up in Egypt??
    What about the case where Muslims are oppressing muslims in Bahrain??
    lastly,what about the Uighur Muslims being ordered not to fast during Ramadan by the Chinese govt???

    Bro,you need to check ur moral compassRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    Areeba, your feelings are natural, your thoughts are sincere. You said about the liberal land of America? Try to learn about the land and its people.
    Be proud of what you are, it is a blessing to be a muslim; this is you personal faith and is no concern of others. It is rude if somenone asks you personal quetions, do not start narating stories as you write, just ignore them. Read God words in Quraan.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Raj – USA

    TOMORROW’S HEADLINE NEWS:
    ISPR has suggested that US should accept Pakistan’s offer for a joint investigation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Djam

    @Vishnu Dutta:
    They already know. They’ll let it seep out slowly so as to not offend the feelings of Muslims. It ridiculous….Recommend

  • ss

    so the US does believe in karma ..they know about all the atrocities of their army in the middle eastRecommend

  • MJHH

    Muslims are not terrorists Recommend

  • Nobody

    @Politically incorrect.:
    Right you are, but unfortunately, when it IS a Muslim perp, the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ are thrown around, but if the perp is non-Muslim (usually white) words like ‘mentally ill’ and ‘right wing extremist’ are thrown around. That creates a sense of association that only Muslims are associated with that word when in reality, a terrorist can be ANYONE ANYWHERE.

    As for the author and others who feel/have felt scrutinized by people in the states, I’m sorry you feel that way. I was born in the states so I’ve never felt anything of the sort and have never hidden my identity from anyone, no matter the political situation but I understand it’s different for everyone. There will always be a few people who look at you differently, most of the time it’s curiosity, occasionally it might be something else but it’s important to remain confident and NOT hide anything about yourself out of fear or shame. Haters are gunna hate; don’t give them a reason to make you feel afraid or feel guilt. Dear, you did not plant the bombs (and at this point, we have no clue who did). I feel no such guilt. I didn’t plant the bombs. I didn’t kill innocent people. Feeling pain and sorrow is different from feeling guilt. My advice: put your flag back up. You have no reason not to. Best of luck. Cheers. Recommend

  • Durbullah

    @Habibies:
    That’s because they are reaping what they sowed. Especially Pakistan. and they seem to love this barbarism.

    Why should other countries also face this barbarism and keep quiet.Recommend

  • messy

    @usamasabir:
    did he (or maybe she) mention his/her religion that led you to the assumption about his/her religion. my name here is messy but im a Muslim. grow up its cyber world. Recommend

  • Mia

    Lady, my advice to you is to relax. Before you start feeling too sorry for your miserable self let us think of those that died or got injured. I am of the Pakstani origin and no one ever looked down on me for my origin or belief. Recommend

  • http://gujrat RAW is WAR

    Last time I checked, terrorism had no nationality or religion.

    I am sure of the first one. The second, not very sure.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    @Politically incorrect.:

    Thats that Terror Apologist line, isn’t it. When Mumbai attacks happened, people like you spinned it in so many way, except than admitting the truth –

    The Americans are not fools, nobody is.

    No matter how you spin facts, this will be true.Recommend

  • Babar Shameem

    America needs to wake up to the grim realities of Oil Politics … and the cost of it all … and it’s much beyond the price of a barrel.

    Babar (Washington, DC)
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  • MilesToGo

    Why do you pray differently?Recommend

  • Djam

    Express Tribune, why didn’t you post my comments? I used no foul language. I simply penned commentary that dealt specifically with Areeba’s blog. Recommend

  • ss

    @ ET why did you cut my last comment, there was nothing obscene or anything. Recommend

  • Kay

    Guilt of author ( a Pakistani) is very evident. Recommend

  • Dhanus Menon

    Agreed that your feelings are genuine is such conditions.Recommend

  • Shakeel Awan

    HI ,

    Why the people are only stick that Muslims are doing all this ?Recommend

  • Jat

    Straight from the heart, a honestly written article. I, an Indian, could feel your genuine fear, pain and confusion.

    Now let us wait for some answers from the ongoing investigation. If the culprits turn out to be Muslims and or of Pakistani origin, then you should pack your bags and come home.Recommend

  • Sigh.

    Who has seen Family guy ‘turban cowboy’ episode three weeks ago in which they have portrayed the exact same scenes where Peter Griffin is taking part in a marathon in Boston and they have showed how he detonated the two bombs to in a muslim outfit to win the race. Too much coincidence?Recommend

  • lovePak

    @Thomas
    My point is, if it’s a white non-Muslim who did this, he should be branded a terrorist instead of mentally ill.Recommend

  • Politically incorrect.

    @Anoop:
    “Thats that Terror Apologist line, isn’t it. When Mumbai attacks happened, people like you spinned it in so many way, except than admitting the truth –
    The Americans are not fools, nobody is.
    No matter how you spin facts, this will be true.”

    How am I apologizing about terrorism?You don’t even know me.
    I’m against all forms of terrorim even the one that emanates from Pakistan.

    **As of right now there is no evidence whether a Muslim is behind this attack or not**, so you need to stop jumping to conclusions.

    I’m not spinning facts, my source was the FBI and Europol, it seems like you only believe any facts that would show Muslims/Pakistan in a badlight but the moment I state a fact that that proves that 94% of terrorist attacks done in America were carried out by non-Muslims, you accuse me of “spinning facts”

    Even President Obama has said that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

    Bringing the Mumbai attacks into this is irrelevant, you’re pulling the flying carpet fallacy, trying to sidetrack the main topic of conversation.

    I’m not saying that a Muslim is or is not behind these attacks, all I’m saying you shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

    It’s unfair to assume that Muslims are behind every terror attack in the world.
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  • Khan

    Well balanced article.

    First we need to go to in history…Not far when we heard the President Bush came with the mantra of Weapon of Mass Destruction in Iraq and then we know the rest of the story.. Millions of children were died and still the massacre going on but….Bush was not a terrorist..He can’t be why? Because he was the president of the USA and like it or not.. Might is always right.

    Go further back in history.. from the invention of the nuclear weapon only one country has used nukes and still now has the highest budget of defense…who is this country..US but no one can point out US who is the champion of non-nuclear weapon mantra why.. because might is always right… Muslims need to understand that they have to have the economic and defense power to get respect in the world..Or else ready to face the music..Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Heeni:

    If you have to use mashallah, inshallah then please use the English translation when you are chatting up with people outside your private residence. I should have clarified that.

    Again your rebuttal is not very clear. I haven’t said anything against Muslim.Please check the news in Pakistan. Shias and Ahmedis are labelled kafir, you know why I am saying this certain Sunni Muslims in USA think that way and some do justify homicide bombing. Please see how minorities are treated in Pakistan. Pakistan’s global standing in terms of human development index is also not very good.

    You have to agree that certain group of Muslims are using Islam to justify act of terror. What do you have to say about Shia killings in Pakistan ? Recommend

  • observer

    @lovePak:

    My point is, if it’s a white non-Muslim who did this, should he be branded a terrorist instead of mentally ill.???

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  • Mj

    @Sigh.:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/22178997

    It was apparently an edited clip. The original version was based upon an earlier incident in which a car ran over cyclists at a Brazilian critical mass ride.Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii

    @ author, why did u ask that question in the first place?
    this shows there is something you want to say but your blog could not say it at all.
    You just could not say it.
    After every terror attack any where in the world, why should only pakistanis? only muslims feel or ask this question is terrorism muslim?
    or
    After every terror attack any where in the world, why should any body ? any non-muslims feel or ask this question is terrorism muslim?
    these questions are raised subconciously because of the examples you see around you recently and from the reactions to that violence.

    You will not ask the same question if there is a gruesome murder ?

    You might arrive at the answere that People who perpatuate this terror, people who justify this, people who sidestep this, finally people who react to this in a specific way are the cause for this question raised by an enquiring mind, but that is also not right.

    The basic cause is EGO, EGO that one and only one religion is great and non other is.Recommend

  • Critical

    If the muslim “moderates” had spent the time educating the extremists about islam,rather than forcing the non-muslims to believe that “islam is peace”,the world would have been a better place….

    Good men and bad men exists in every religion and nation…But,whenever someone commits some wrongdoing in the name of religion,the first critics are from his/her religion…But however,in the case of muslim,a group of “moderates” jump the bandwagon stating that “Islam is peace” and non-muslims shouldn’t stereotype every muslim as terrorists blah blah, but no where do they try to reason with the extremists to give up their agenda….

    Does that mean the moderates are passively supporting the extremists while shielding them from the wrath of non-muslims???

    “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther KingRecommend

  • Excuse Maker Muslim

    “Does that mean the moderates are passively supporting the extremists while shielding them from the wrath of non-muslims???”

    Critical, this is exactly what I wrote earlier. Moderate Muslims are all about protecting themselves and extremist Muslims from the wrath and distrust of non-Muslims. At this rate, nobody else will trust us. Enough of excuse-making. Recommend

  • Kay

    @ Critical:
    Its not easy for “moderate muslims” to debate with extremists. Extremists would flare up quickly and label them an apostate and punishment for an apostate is “to be killed”. Its somewhat like debating with your parents to change their habits which will not bring any results rather you will be blamed as disrespectful.Recommend

  • Jahil

    Terrorism is not Muslim but most of the terrorists call them selves Muslim.Recommend

  • cautious

    Go back and read the headlines for terrorist activities for the decade – the reality is that Muslims are associated with the vast majority of terrorism on this planet – most of it committed against fellow Muslims. To make matters worse – the majority who hold themselves out as “peaceful” haven’t lifted a finger to stop the minority. Lastly – Pakistan’s blasphemy law and how it’s enforced in Pakistan is a great example of why Muslims get a poor reputation – also a good example of how the “majority” don’t do anything to correct their poor image.Recommend

  • Critical

    @Kay:
    If Martin Luther hadn’t stood up with the Vatican,Europe would have still be in dark ages….
    If prominent persons like Dayanand Saraswati,Raja Ram Mohan Roy hadnt stood up against Hindus to abolish Sati,Hinduism would still be regressive…

    This is purely my opinion,but I sometimes feel both moderates and extremists are part of a team…The extremists try to push the agenda while the moderates shield them from any retaliation by non-muslims….
    Check the moderates in Muslim majority countries…They are just silent about the atrocities committed on non-muslims and at the best,they just write blogs on how the “Islam is hijacked”

    Take ur country for example,so many people write about misusing blasphemy laws,but noone asks why such a law is present in a modern society in the first place..

    Both Christianity and Hinduism had a revolution which changed the rigid regressive religion to a more adaptable modern one..I think its time Islam had one because in the nuclear age,its better that the revolution comes from within than from outsideRecommend

  • Loneliberal PK

    Blackjack: “ET, You have got to be joking. Your moderation system is completely out of whack these days’

    Good, I thought I was the only one thinking it.

    A comment submission, lately, is like a coin-flip. Comments keep getting rejected or edited without any identifiable reason.Recommend

  • tess

    Do you Pakistanis condemn hia muslims? Just asking becuase Pakistanis in our town, who are always and rightly quick to come out in support of victims of terrorist attacks in US, but strangely very quiet over ethnic cleansing in their own country. Very active in inter-faith events, but shy away from intra-faith events. It has gotten to the point that Pakistani associations are being seen as exclusively sunni organizations. One would think the dominant group would do something, anything, to put their bias aside and reach out to their minorities. Recommend

  • Insaan

    @Jat: Now let us wait for some answers from the ongoing investigation. If the culprits turn out to be Muslims and or of Pakistani origin, then you should pack your bags and come home.

    If that is the case, Pakistan can always claim it is the work of non-State actors.

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  • observer

    @Moderator ET-

    You have completely obliterated my comment to @lovepak, but have left the address untouched. Perhaps you believe in ‘Majmoon Bhanp Letey Hain Lifafa Dekh Kar’. Most of us are not so perceptive.Recommend

  • Sane

    Theory of West and India: Every terrorist is Muslim and every Muslim is potentially Terrorist. Wow.Recommend

  • Reddy

    @Habibies: you should have thought about that when people collecting funds for jihad against non muslims in lashkeri thoyyabba, lashkeri jhangvi,lashkeri islami,Alk,jamatudawa…or when you donating for them with a grin on your face…now you lost the right to talk and don’t ever play that victim card ever againRecommend