I think, as human beings, none of us want to be hated. Especially when the reason feels unjustified. When I read hateful comments about Muslims and Islam, the intensity of the hatred seeping through each word, it shocks me and it hurts me. I have to force myself not to read negative comments like this because it feels so personal, even though I know it’s not. The constant generalisation and assumptions made feel so unfair and unjust, leaving no room for counter arguments.
There is nothing wrong with intelligent and meaningful debate but when it is just hateful for the sake of being hateful… it’s pointless. Only seeking to hurt people!
If I read an article about Muslims or Islam in some way; I find, without fail, the comments and replies always so hateful. Negative and derogatory, rarely an articulate argument to be found. An articulate argument is welcome because open discussion about Islam is positive. I see people, Muslims and non-Muslims, replying to these hateful comments, trying to reason with or open the mind of the author. Any arguments are usually completely disregarded or not even acknowledged because they are not there to discuss or debate; they are there to hate.
That’s what I find so frustrating. You hate something so strongly, yet you know nothing about it. Just snippets and fragments which have been manipulated and manufactured to fit your agenda.
You hate terrorists. That’s your excuse as to why you hate every single Muslim so much. Well guess what, Muslims hate terrorists more. Far more Muslims have been victims of terrorism than non-Muslims. Their countries have been torn apart. Not only that, but we all get blamed and held responsible for the people we hate and have nothing to do with.
There are approximately 1.7 billion Muslims in the world. I am one of them. I am not a horrible person, I try to be good, I try to be nice to everyone. To the people that hate Muslims, do you know any personally? A single one?
The hatred of Islam hurts me, because it feels unjustified. It hurts me because there is no end in sight – only more of it to come. It hurts me because of the beautiful and kind people I know that are Muslim as well – so undeserving of hatred from anyone.
Contrary to popular belief; we are not trying to take over the world. We do not have secret meetings about world domination. All Muslims want to do, really, is believe in our religion; pray; fast the month of Ramadan; be good to our parents; read Qur’an; eat halal food; give in charity; be kind to our neighbours; have good manners and live our lives! Is that so very bad?