The corporate media, the crooked politicians, and the religious fanatics are quick to blame Muslims for any and every act of terror committed on western soil. They hide the fact that terrorism has no religion; that it is their invasive ideologies that propagate extremism, and that Muslims are heroes. It suits their agenda, it helps spread their extremist propaganda, and it boosts their egos.
Just because they paint all Muslims with the same brush, doesn’t mean all Muslims are terrorists.
In December 2015, a group of Muslims protected Christian passengers when suspected Islamic militants ambushed a bus in Kenya. Salah Farah, who along with other passengers refused to separate along religious lines, shielded the Christians, took the militants’ bullets, and died of his injuries. He reportedly told the militants, “kill us all or leave us alone.”
In July 2016, Najih Shaker Al-Baldwai put his life on the line and saved hundreds of lives in Iraq. When an ISIS suicide bomber attempted to blow up the Sayyed Mohammad Shrine in Balad, Shaker did something most people couldn’t – he ran up to the suicide bomber and hugged him to physically dampen the explosion.
None of the heroic acts received the attention they deserved. The year changed, but the mindset didn’t; neither did the heroism.
Recently, a Muslim man in the Philippines hid 64 Christians in his own home and saved them from being beheaded by ISIS-backed Islamic militants.
Norodin Alonto Lucman, a traditional clan leader, opened his home to around 71 people including 64 Christians, when they were trying to escape the wrath of a group of heavily-armed gunmen who stormed the city of Marawi and engaged in fierce fighting with the Filipino army.
“I had an ordeal because one day before the attack, there were some Christian workers who were in the house, fixing the small tower. The following days, other Christian workers took refuge in my house. There were about 64 of them in my hands and I was very determined nothing happens to them.
“When ISIS came, they recognized me and they showed respect by just leaving when I told them to leave. They didn’t know I was hiding Christians. If they knew that there were Christians in my house, they would all be beheaded and executed.”
He said the Maute, which calls itself the Islamic State of Lanao, would only get to his guests over his dead body. So he and his guests escaped holding white flags. When they were stopped and asked if they were Christians, they responded with “Allahu akbar” – a Muslim rallying cry – and were allowed to leave. “As we walked, others joined us,” he told reporters. “We had to pass through a lot of [militant] snipers.”
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