I went to mosques.
I celebrated every Muslim holiday.
I prayed to Allah.
I was born and raised as an American/Arab Muslim.
In the past few years, I’ve converted to Christianity. NOT because I was fearful of Islam in any way, but because Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
At a very young age we were taught to love, respect, be kind and generous and embrace everyone. Never ever were we taught to hate or disrespect other religions or cultures. Not by our parents, not by our family members, not by friends, not by school and not by Islamic classes. It was never brought up.
I grew up among 8 aunts and uncles and forty some cousins; a very large family. We are all very close. My grandma, my aunts and most of my female cousins wear the hijab (head cover). They are the funniest, most loving and caring women I will ever encounter in my life. Same goes for the men in my family. Every Thursday we would get together(yes, the entire family) at my grandma’s house. We would eat dinner, drink coffee and tea, laugh, play Arabic music and dance together. These are my fondest memories.
My mother is an American. When she moved to Jordan, my grandparents, my aunts, uncles and cousins welcomed her with open arms and a hundred kisses on her cheeks. My mother felt right at home.
My sister is a devoted Muslim. She has the kindest most gentle soul I’ve ever met and I am certain I will never meet anyone like her in my lifetime.
Do any of these traits depict a terrorist at all?
Since 9/11 American Muslims and Arabs have been fighting stereotypes and a very negative image, it has left a lasting and damaging image for us. I have spoken to some American Muslims and Arabs who have shared some discriminative stories that ranged from beatings, nasty comments and harassment’s at work, etc. It breaks my heart.
This past week I have read and heard some awful comments made towards Arabs and American Muslims. Comments like “All Middle Easterners and Muslims need to be swiped off this planet” and “he looks like a terrorist.” This last one really gets to me. I would like to know, what does a terrorist look like? Dark skinned, dark hair, a large nose and a beard?
Scripture says “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.” Isaiah 53:2
None of us know what Jesus looks like, But he could have very well had Middle Eastern features.
Would you call Him a terrorist?
The media has done an impeccable job at breaking people apart … and, we, as a society allow it to happen.
Let’s change this.
Jesus wants us to.
“Love one another, as I have loved you”. He said
Let’s bring God back to this country. Let’s bring His Word back. Let’s stand together as one nation under God.
Father, we need you. May you be present in all of our lives from this day forward. We pray for the victims, the injured and the families of the victims in the Boston bombings, Syria, Israel, Africa, Palestine, Iraq and other countries where this is a regular occurrence. Cover us all under your wings. Father, we pray that you would bind Satan and all evil from destroying us. We pray this, in Jesus’ mighty, powerful name. Amen.