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Saudi Arabia: How global jihad hurts Islam

Every time a Muslim blows something up, killing innocent Westerners, it isn’t the West that suffers the most—it is other Muslims, said Aijaz Zaka Syed in Arab News.

Aijaz Zaka SyedArab News

Waging jihad “is not helping anyone, let alone the so-called cause of global Islam,” said Aijaz Zaka Syed. I understand the frustration with the “historical circumstances and colonial machinations that have turned the Middle East and the larger Muslim world into a blazing and blistering inferno.” Islam has legitimate grievances against the West. But retaliating with despicable acts of terrorism, such as the attempted bombing of Times Square by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, “does not just distort and degrade a noble religion, it turns the whole world against its followers.”

Every time a Muslim blows something up, killing innocent Westerners, it isn’t the West that suffers the most—it is other Muslims. “From being driven out of Hindu neighborhoods in Mumbai to being stripped and grilled at airports around the globe, the world tells us every moment at every turn that we are not welcome!” Imagine if Shahzad had used his education and talents to set a positive example. Young men like him would do best to “sow peace, not chaos.” After all, Mohammed said “we were supposed to be the messengers of peace for humanity.”

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