Yasir Qadhi writes:
Some people complained that yesterday’s post was insensitive to what had happened in Belgium, and that I shouldn’t have brought up other carnages caused by ISIS.
The purpose of the post yesterday was simple. When there is only selective outrage and coverage – when only Western losses and lives are displayed and mourned, while Muslim losses and lives are ignored – what happens is that over time aperception is developed: radical jihadists only target Western lands, and Muslims are, if not complicit, at least immune to radical terrorism.
The fact of the matter is that takfiri militant blood-thirsty radical terrorists like ISIS have killed far more Muslims (by a factor of a few thousand at least), and have harmed more Muslims (by a factor of a few million – take into account the refugees), and have smeared the beautiful religion of Islam, far more than they have killed or harmed non-Muslims. (See the attached chart for one simple breakdown).
We, the Muslims of the world, suffer more at the hands of ISIS than anyone. (And just wait for the jihadi supporters to start threatening me in the comments below to see ‘Exhibit A’ of what I refer to).
So, when people like Cruz and Trump (and European Far Right parties) start using Brussels to smear all Muslims and to issue a crackdown on more immigrants, the *only* reason they can get away with it is because still, to this day, most Westerners believe ISIS doesn’t harm Islam or Muslims. If people only saw the reality, if they only knew how much we Muslims despise these groups for all the harm that they do to the world and especially to us, slimy politicians wouldn’t be able to use such attacks to further their agendas.
Hence my post yesterday. All lives matter, not just because we are all human, but because when everyone realizes that ISIS harms *ALL* of us, we can stop this neo-fascist lunacy of suggesting that Muslims be monitored and registered under an updated version of the Nazi Nuremberg Laws.