In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
All Praise and Thanks is due to the Lord God Almighty that these alleged terrorists were caught. In a raid conducted yesterday, British authorities arrested 24 suspects who allegedly planned on boarding planes bound to the United States and explode them in mid-air. I am extremely happy this attack was thwarted. All Praise is due to God.
Unfortunately, those who have been identified are Muslims. This comes as no surprise to most people (and I am sure it is one more argument for those who believe all of Islam is “evil”), but still, it disturbs and angers me. I am not surprised, either, but still, I don’t like it. That’s why I am so thankful to the Lord – and to British authorities – that these alleged terrorists were caught before they could carry out their diabolical plan.
If what is alleged against them is true, all I can say is “God is enough for me, and He is the best of those who handle affairs.” These agents of Satan thought they could commit mass murder in a twisted effort to “defend Islam.” Yet, the Hand of the Lord is longer and more powerful. If what is alleged against them is true, these partisans of Satan thought they were performing “jihad.” They were doing nothing of the sort. They were planning to commit murder, and I am thankful to the Precious Lord that they were caught.
There are, however, some important points regarding this story that must be pointed out. This whole investigation started with an anonymous tip, and that tip came from a concerned member of the Muslim community in Britain. Would you look at that! A Muslim, helping to fight terror! In fact, we Muslims have been fighting the good fight for a long time.
In addition, the Pakistani intelligence services – which do not have a great track record fighting terror – were also instrumental in the foiling of this alleged plot. Wow! They are Muslims, too! That is very important to understand.
Yet, there are other things that must be said as well. We still do not know the motivations of these 24 suspects (one of which is a woman with a child…eek!). They are still innocent until proven guilty. The investigation is ongoing, and we must all wait the for the facts. Just as we wait for the facts to come in with the investigation of American soldiers accused of rape and murder in Iraq, let us also wait until the facts come in with this incident.
For the sake of argument, however, let us assume these guys were trying to conduct a “jihad” against the West (stupid idiots!). How can the entire faith of Islam be blamed? Yes, they take inspiration from a twisted interpretation of Islam, but how can all Muslims be tarred with their stain?
Every day, I get barraged with vicious hatred against me and my faith by people who do not even know me. And to prove their point that Islam is evil, they scour the internet to find an article chronicaling the various crimes committed by Muslims in different parts of the Muslim world (or America, even). Yet, this is unfair.
If someone were to do a Lexis-Nexis search every day about the crimes committed by Americans in the various towns and cities of our country and then say, “Americans are nothing but murderers, rapists, thieves, and charlatans,” would this be fair? Is this an accurate portrayal of what America truly is? Is America defined by the sins of a minority of her people?
Whenever one of our soldiers commits a crime while in Iraq, such as rape, does this define the totality of our Armed Forces? Is it fair for someone to then conclude: “Americans are nothing but murderous rapists”?
Why not? Because I am American and know the truth about America. I know the goodness of our people: I live it every single day. We are not like the criminals amongst us, be they military or civilian.
The same goes for the Muslim community. It is not like the criminals amongst it. These terrorists that act in Islam’s name are nothing but criminals, plain and simple. They are criminals precisely because they choose to abandon the rule of law for their own agenda. They can use whatever sacred text to justify their actions. The fact, however, remains the same: they are criminals, and their actions should not tar the majority from whence they came.
Another thing: precisely because they are criminals, they plan their crimes in secret. Thus, unless we can read their minds, we can never know when these criminals plan to commit their crimes. I mean, it is an unpleasant fact that there is an abundant amount of crime committed in our country today. Part of the reason for this is that we are not able to predict when a criminal is about to strike. If we had such an ability, we would be able to eradicate crime forever (just like in the movies). Yet, is the American public complicit in the crimes of its criminals? Of course not.
How, then, can the Muslim community be accused of complicity in the crimes of terrorists who hide among it? It should not be, plain and simple. I wish more people would understand that.