Earlier today a young man named Abdul Razak Artan attacked civilians in the Ohio State University Campus. He attacked and injured 9 people with a butcher knife before he was killed by the Police. As of this moment, the authorities are still investigating whether it was an act of terrorism.
I came across this captioned photo of Abdul in social media.
Note: I have also created a video version of this article. You can find the video here.
Within the past week alone there has been an atrocious wave of attacks from Islamic extremists. Every time an attack occurs from Islamic Extremists, pacifist “moderate” Muslims have predictable responses:
This has nothing to do with Islam. They’re not real Muslims. They just claim to be.
Islam is a religion of peace
1.7 Billion Muslims aren’t terrorists, don’t judge all of Muslim population with the actions of a few. (#notallMuslims)
Well look at Christianity and the Crusades…
Quran says if you kill one human being it is as if you’ve attacked all of humanity, how can extremists justify their actions from the Quran?
We’ll focus on the last one for now. People tend to use this verse dishonestly and don’t include the entire context. Ironic: apologists always say “look at context” but cherry pick the verses for their own pacifist sensibilities. Click for more!
Coming from a Sunni-Sufi background, there was a great emphasis on dreams and visions in my religious upbringing. People would have conscious “visions” and dreams of Prophets, angels and jinns coming before them and sending them a message about the truth, dreams etc. This would have potentially dangerous effects because if a religious authority had a dream that someone he knew was fornicating, that person would get into unwarranted trouble. Even though it could easily have been just a dream.
We called these visions “Kashf” and they were believed to be messages from Allah and the Prophet.