Dear ISIL, Boko Haram, the Taliban and whoever shot up Charlie Hebdo

You do not represent me. Not only that, but I am just SICK of ya’ll. I can’t remember the last time I watched the news or scrolled down my Facebook page and didn’t see something about someone/some place you blew up or people you beheaded/stoned/shot or kidnapped/took hostage. And going hand-in-hand with that is news of Muslims getting targeted and harassed, racially profiled security measures tightened making traveling and employment even more difficult than it already is, and Islamophobes and war mongerers getting richer and happier and more popular, because whenever you do something stupid, we’re the ones who pay for it.
And for what? What are you trying to prove? Who are you trying to avenge? Because it sure isn’t me or any one of the 1.6 billion Muslims whose lives aren’t getting any easier, thanks to you. Neither is it any one of the people who actually need saving: in Syria, Myanmar, Palestine or Afghanistan. Heck, we could use some saving right here in Sudan. Almost every person you’ve killed has been Muslim, except for a handful of journalists, aid workers and politicians. You target schools and market places and malls. You shoot down some random pilot and BURN HIM ALIVE. And you go and shoot a bunch of racist xenophobic French cartoonists and journalists, knowing exactly how much worse our lives are going to get, while they rise up stronger and even more obnoxious than before.
But while I condemn your criminal and idiotic actions, I refuse to apologize for what you’re doing, because I refuse that you’re doing it in my name. I don’t care who convinced you that it’s the way to get a message across or to avenge my Islam, ‘cause they were wrong and so are you. Islam does not need your vengeance, nor does it need the bad press you insist on giving it. Your shooting a cartoonist will not avenge the Prophet (PBUH), because even in his life he didn’t take revenge on those who wronged and harmed him; he was bigger than that. Nor is killing and looting your way through entire countries to spread your ‘Islamic State’ following any true examples either; a simple lesson in Islam’s rules and ethics in warfare would show you that. And don’t even get me started on women’s rights and education; we've been singing that song for decades but you always find some moronic way to shoot it right back down again.
However, to the ‘victim states’ of the West calling their freedom-loving brothers to arms to take down ‘radical Islam’, let me make one thing clear: there is no such thing as a separation of faith from religion in Islam: faith IS religion, and neither one can exist without the other. This call for integration and responsibility is an oversimplification and a kick below the belt, and while non-observing Muslims may be celebrated by you as the ‘good Muslims’, they don’t represent me either. I will not take off my hijab and abandon my mosque just to make you feel comfortable, nor will I continue to be the first one to condemn every misguided, gun-slinging nutcase who needs an excuse to take a life. My religion always has been and always will be a religion of justice, peace and equality, whether you believe it or not.
I will not be shoved into the same hole as murderers and thieves like you, just because you claim that we both worship the same God, and God knows you have no religion or faith to speak of. I just wish you would find some other banner to fight your bloody war under. And I can't wait for the Day when we and every man, woman and child you have wronged will get this justice you so adamantly claim you deliver.

مِنْ أَجْلِ ذَٰلِكَ كَتَبْنَا عَلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنَّهُ مَن قَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا ۚ وَلَقَدْ جَاءَتْهُمْ رُسُلُنَا بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ ثُمَّ إِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِّنْهُم بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فِي الْأَرْضِ لَمُسْرِفُونَ 5:32

"On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land." (5:32) 

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