Often I have heard very upsetting remarks from the Christian community essentially claiming that Islam is a religion of hatred and discrimination against Christians and non-Muslims. There are some that would like to paint with very broad strokes a rather negative and destructive picture of Islam and the Muslims who worship that faith.
The truth is, all faiths and religions have skeletons in their closets that they would like to hide. There are also fine examples of exceptional displays of kindness and compassion within all religions and faiths as well. It is the people and their actions that speak for their religion and not the religion that speaks for the people of their faith. There are always going to be bad eggs in every dozen or so… but let’s not overlook the good eggs!
Here is a story of generosity and kindness from the Muslim community in Michigan, who responded to the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Flint, Michigan, there is a serious danger of lead poisoning and contamination in that city’s water supply. The Muslim American communities have responded by donating 30,000 containers of bottled water for their neighbors in hopes of providing safe, clean, drinking water. As some may know, Dearborn, Michigan has perhaps the largest population of Muslim Americans in the U.S. and no doubt they are faithful, law abiding, caring, compassionate people and they wish it known that Muslims are just as caring and compassionate and neighborly as anyone else. They care about their neighbors! Here’s some proof!
Before people jump to conclusions or rely on stereotypes and negativity to base one’s judgments from, consider taking the time to step back and open the eyes once in a while and see just who the Muslim community are. Get to know Muslims and get to understand that they are really no different than anyone else of faith.
Thanks! Salam! Peace!!!