Reflections on Orlando

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well!

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I want to start this post off by saying that my heart truly goes out to all the victims and  families of the senseless and completely inhumane act of terror that occurred in Orlando, Florida. From the bottom of my heart I hope that those that have passed away rest in peace and I wish a speedy recovery for those that have been injured.

Yesterday, once again, my heart broke when I woke up and read the news of yet another tragic mass shooting right here in the United States.

I was later further shocked to learn that the suspect was an American with Afghan parents. As some of you may know I am also an American whose parents were born in Afghanistan. So this definitely hit me hard to know that someone from my own cultural group would do something so disgusting and inhumane.

The wide majority of Afghan immigrants came to this beautiful country to flee the violence of their own war torn nation so I would have never imagined that anyone within this community would ever even think of inflicting such pain and suffering on others. I guess like they say there are black sheep within each community.

It brings me great sadness to know that because of the actions of this one inhumane individual there are others who will put the blame on Muslims and the religion of Islam. As a Muslim I know for a fact that these are not the teachings of Islam.

The Islam that I know and love has taught me that taking one life is the same as killing all of humanity and saving one life is as if you have saved all of humanity. Here is the exact verse from the Holy Quran:

“…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” – The Holy Quran (Chapter Five, Verse 32).

Just last week the United States and the entire world was celebrating the life of “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali who was a proud American Muslim and now some of those people are blaming Muslims and Islam for this recent heinous act.

As The Champ himself eloquently stated: “The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters. ”

I sincerely hope that throughout these difficult and trying times we all stay united in our fight against extremism and that we always remember that the actions of one person or a few people are not representative of an entire religious community.

With Love,

Yasmin

 

20 thoughts on “Reflections on Orlando

  1. It certainly does make non-Muslims fear for their lives when we see such murder take place. I do hope that the radicalized terrorists are not representative and that most Muslims truly are peaceful. The US should be a place of love, not hate.

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  2. Thank you so much for commenting! I truly do understand where you are coming from but I would just like to kindly point out that there are roughly 1.7 billion Muslims out there and it’s just not logical to paint all of them with the same brush. I definitely agree with you that the US should be a place of love and not hate!

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  3. Yasmin, just know that the majority of intelligent and sensible people don’t buy into the islamophobia and hate spread by rednecks, any more than we think the Westboro Baptists are representative of all Christians.

    I hope that you don’t experience any negativity (though I know it’s unlikely).
    Xxx

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  4. Well written Yasmin, being a Muslim myself I couldn’t have put it any better. It makes me really sad as we were literally in Orlando only a couple of days before the shooting took place, I think I am beyond disgusted as there are individuals still largely out there who goes on a shooting rampage and claim they are doing it in the name of Islam it makes me sick! My deepest sympathy goes to all the families who have lost their loved ones and a speedy recovery to those injured.
    Anna

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  5. Thank you Anna for your kind words! I totally agree with you that it is truly so disgusting that someone would commit such a horrible act in the name of a religion whose name basically means peace!
    And but the way I was thinking about you and your beautiful family because I knew you were somewhere in Florida but I am glad to know that you guys are safe 🙂

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  6. It’s unfortunate that we are still in a place where the act of a few blindsides the good of the whole, its sad that the sane majority has to defend themselves overtime a few decide to act a fool. Beautiful post, very well said.

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  7. Thank you so much for commenting and for your kind words!!! I totally agree with you! I believe in the kind-heartedness of the American people and although things are tough now I am hopeful for a brighter future!

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    1. I am honored that you have chosen to reblog this and thank you for sharing this post with your readers! I cannot even begin to imagine the emotions you must have gone through that night as a health employee! Despite going through such shock I admire you for standing for the truth and refusing to blame an entire religious community for the inhumane action of one individual!

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  8. This post is great! I’m happy to see people dispelling rumors, especially considering the fact that the man did this out of revenge of an ex lover who gave him HIV, using Islam as a mask to hide behind. One day people will see that this is not the truth of Islam.

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  9. Morning Yasmin,

    It is an honor for me to have come upon your blog home, such a beautiful, welcoming site! And thank you for this post, for it is a read like yours that is the magic of the light that showers us in love.

    Peace be onto you,
    Claudia

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