Muslims respond to stereotyping


At the Leytonstone Underground Station, a man was accused of murder.

Sarah Tocatlian, Staff Writer

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, a 29-year-old man was accused of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing three people at the Leytonstone, London Underground station.

The police subdued him with a stun gun, and he has been further remanded in custody.

A bystander who witnessed the stabbing on Saturday told the attacker, “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv.”

Many want the Muslim faith to be separated from the violence some commit in its name.

Sophomore Jake Stulbarg said, “I think that it’s unfair to associate Muslims with being terrorists because people don’t take the time to get to know them for who they really are. They are judging a book by its cover.”

Muslims are just as shocked by the news of terrorist attacks as their non-Muslim friends.

Out of the top ten countries in the world which are suffering from terrorism, eight are Muslim States.

In Muslim majority areas like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, 18,668 people were killed last year alone.

When speaking out about the stabbing, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “You ain’t no Muslim, brother said it all. It will be applauded around the country.”

Political views like Cameron’s are opposite to those of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Donald Trump spoke of getting rid of all Muslims in America and made references implying all Muslims were terrorists.

Sophomore Mia Zidan, who is a Muslim, expressed her views on Trump’s comments, “I do not believe that it is fair to put all Muslims in one group and punish them for the actions of a small group of people who don’t follow Muslim teachings. I also think that it is excessive to get rid of an entire religion and would prove to be very hard.”

Refugees who are coming coming to Europe and America en masse are easily blamed for the recent terrorist actions, but they are running away from the same people who are carrying out these attacks.

Contrary to the actions of terrorists, The Holy Quran mentions that, “If any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind.” (Chapter Five, Verse 32).