Religious leaders in the city of Elizabeth gather to offer their support to authorities in putting an end to radicalism.
The recent bombing attempts in New York have given Donald Trump a reason to strengthen his stand against immigrants, Americans to be more suspicious of Muslims, and for the Muslims themselves, to once again be the victims of general mistrust. The attempts at bombings on Saturday and Sunday, by Ahmad Rahami, which left 29 injured in Manhattan has once again left a scar on the Muslim community in America. The Muslims of the city of Elizabeth held a gathering to condemn the acts and to once again tell the world that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.
The Muslim religious leaders of New Jersey gathered on Tuesday outside the City Hall to denounce acts of radicalism. Condemning the terrorists, who they say are acting against the ordinances of the Quran, the leaders pledged their full support to the law enforcement agencies to fight against terrorism and to bring peace back to city.
The Muslims in New Jersey have called for gatherings and press conferences a number of times in the to past to clarify their stand against the ISIS. However, they have also noted that the individuals, like Rahami, who perpetrate such crimes are often those who have been estranged from religion. Research has also found that most of those who join terror outfits like the ISIS are Muslims who have not been practicing their faith correctly or have not even read the Quran. As such, the New Jersey Muslims have expressed their disappointment that the whole community is being looked on suspiciously for acts committed by individual Muslims who in reality are not even connected with the community at large. However, the hostile reception they receive from non-Muslims compel them to answer for the crimes committed by these individuals.
This time, the community quoted a verse from the Quran, which says, “Whoever kills a person, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” Through this, the community hopes that non-Muslims will realize that the Quran does not condone acts of violence and killing, as is often believed by people.
The community leaders have urged non-Muslims to remember that they have always lived together, and even grown up together peacefully. By urging them to remember this, they expressed their hope that Americans will not hold all Muslims responsible for radical fanaticism.