- - Monday, January 12, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Last Wednesday’s attack at the Paris headquarters of magazine Charlie Hebdo was a cowardly, heinous act which does not have any basis in Islam. As a Muslim woman I find myself repeating over and over that Islam is a religion of peace and terrorists have hijacked my faith.

How ironic indeed that the killers justified their action by claiming that they were avenging the Prophet Muhammad. Do they not know that the prophet was maligned and ridiculed by his opponents during his lifetime, yet never punished those who had crossed him, nor took revenge?

The Prophet Muhammad was the epitome of tolerance and forbearance. The Koran calls on Muslims to emulate him. If the assailants thought they were following in the footsteps of Muhammad they are grossly mistaken. Have they no knowledge of the Koranic verse which states that killing of one is like killing all of humanity (5:32)?

I stand in solidarity with the citizens of France and demand that the perpetrators be brought to swift justice.

SHAHINA BASHIR

Germantown

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