Written by Samantha Sbat
Many Muslims today think Isis has become evil calling them un-Islamic. Islam is a religion of peace not violence. When reading the Islamic Monthly it said, “In the words of the Soufan Group, a political risk consultancy, “ISIS has become indisputably the most effective and ruthless terrorist organization in the world.” From speaking with knowledge I know the violence that goes on in the Middle East. I am half Lebanese, my father was born and raised in Lebanon until he was 18. Lebanon used to be a religiously diverse country, and still is today with many Christians scared to practice their faith. Some were Christian like my father when coming to America and some were Muslim. Lebanon is about 52% Muslim and 42% Christian, today Lebanon is dangerous. It has been taking over by the Islamic State, and is destroying lives. Lebanon is a dangerous place to travel to at this time my Dad has said, and will continue to get worse if there’s not a stop to it.
I’ve been angry over the past few months hearing about what ISIS has done to these many Christians and even Muslims who not believing what they do and defend these Christians. Since when is religion violence? Since when is it torture? Since when is it terrifying for others? Prophet Muhammad stated that killing was prohibited, “Do not kill any old person, any child or any woman”, “No prisoner should be put to the sword [aka executed or beheaded]” Why isn’t this being followed? The question I keep asking myself every day is, what is the United States of America doing to defend these people? We care so much about a dress being blue and black or silver and white, but not about the many Christians and non- Christians being killed each day?
To date, more than 170,000 people (mostly all Christians) have been killed by ISIS. Many people do not quite understand the evil logic behind ISIS and why the kill. ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.) follows a distinctive variety of Islam in which whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment follow strict guidelines. Isis beliefs that killing infidels that don’t believe what they do will score them points with God.
The United States needs to get involved in this more. We are supposed to be one of the strongest and bravest countries in the world. I know in a heartbeat that of we were to come together against ISIS and their mass murder of these poor Christians, we would defeat them. We are the United States of America; we are supposed to stand up for justice. This disgusts me and makes me hope for a miracle. If something like this was happening to us, we would want help. Is this going to be the next Christian Holocaust?