Hijacking Islam


Scouring the news daily about the brazen abduction of young school girls in Nigeria is painful and worrisome.

Painful because the foundation of Islam began with a command from God to humankind to “Read in the name of Allah.” Reading isn’t just for men alone but for humankind, which includes women.

To think that the Taliban and Boko Haram would hijack Islam is painful.

The thought that fringe groups with extremist views and guns could kill or kidnap is worrisome as the vast majority of Muslims are held hostage to their thinking, and even if these acts are condemned, the extremists among them are emboldened.

Clearly, the Nigerian government is inept. The U.S. government and other nations have volunteered to help. These brazen attacks can only stop if the so-called “defender of Islam,” Saudi Arabia, the seat of Sunni theology and fatwa, is quick to condemn these incidents as it did for a silly movie, the Quran burning or cartoons.

Munira Motorwala,


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