Rev.1: 8. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.---Jesus is the Alpha and Omega- the Almighty!
Daniel 11:33. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
A woman makes a peace sign gesture at a
protest in Los Angeles, California, against religious hatred.
Editor's note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a
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(CNN) -- I'm an American-Muslim and I despise Islamic
terrorists. In fact, despise is not even a strong enough word to convey my true
feelings about those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam. I hate them
with every fiber of my being.
I'm not going to tell
you, "Islam is a religion of peace." Nor will I tell you that Islam
is a religion of violence. What I will say is that Islam is a religion that,
like Christianity and Judaism, is intended to bring you closer to God. And
sadly we have seen people use the name of each of these Abrahamic faiths to
wage and justify violence.
The unique problem for
Muslims is that our faith is being increasingly defined by the actions of a
tiny group of morally bankrupt terrorists. Just to be clear: The people who
commit violence in the name of Islam are not Muslims, they are murderers. Their
true religion is hatred and inhumanity.
The only people
terrorists speak for are themselves and the others involved in their despicable
plot. They do not represent me, my family or any other Muslim I know. And
believe me, I know a lot of Muslims.
We hate these terrorists
more than non-Muslims do. How can I say that? Because they harm innocent people
in the name of our religion and consequently we suffer a backlash because of
their acts. It can be anything from a spike in hate crimes to people viewing
Muslims as less than fully American because of our faith. We are the ones
called to answer for the sins of people we detest.
Since the Boston bombing
has renewed for some concerns about Muslims, I wanted to candidly answer three
questions I have been asked repeatedly over the years:
1. Why do some Muslims
I'm not a terrorism
expert but I will share the view of those I have spoken to in the Muslim
community. There can be no doubt that some Muslims wrongly believe that their
terrorist act is sanctioned by Islam. But to us their true motivation is not
religious, but rather political.
Islam is simply used by
terrorists as a way to recruit support.They then engage in terrorism to bring
attention to their grievances or to achieve their political agenda, just as
other terror groups have done in the past.
The recent statement of
the Islamic militant group in the Caucasus region denying involvement in the
Boston bombing makes this very point. They expressly tell us that they have a
specific political agenda: "The Caucasian Mujahideen are not fighting
against the United States of America. We are at war with Russia, which is not
only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for heinous
crimes against Muslims."
2. Why don't Muslims
Just to be clear:
American Muslims and U.S. Muslim organizations have unequivocally denounced
terror attacks. Not just once, but over and over.
But that doesn't matter
if you haven't heard it. And despite our best efforts to get this message out
there, what attracts more media attention: A Muslim denouncing terrorism or
footage of an explosion?
Does that mean that we
will stop denouncing terrorism? Of course not. But we will have to be more
creative in our efforts to attract media coverage to make this point to our
3. Why don't Muslims
stop blowing stuff up?
I have never blown up
anything, except maybe a model toy tank when I was a kid. Nor has any other
Muslims I've met in person or even on Facebook. But still we are charged by
many with the task of policing a religion of more than a billion people.
Believe me, we wish that
number were zero. But here's the brutal truth: Neither law enforcement nor the
American Muslim community can stop every radical or criminal who happens to be
Muslim. A "lone wolf" can devise his or her evil plan in secret,
making detection almost impossible.
It is my hope that in
time, Muslims will not be defined to my fellow Americans by the handful of
terrorists, but by the millions of others who are involved in all aspects of
American life. Well-known American Muslims range from former NBA star Shaquille
O'Neal, TV personality Dr. Oz, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison to police officers,
teachers, judges, deli workers, cab drivers and the millions of American
Muslims in between.
These people, not the
terrorists, are the true Muslims.