“Especially after 9/11, every time I see that something is a terrorist incident, and someone has said ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ I feel a pit in my stomach, because terrorism is the evil opposite of what Islam is.”
She should feel a pit in her stomach because of the people who were murdered, but no, she is more worried about the image of Islam.
Is terror really the evil opposite of what Islam is?
“We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.” (Qur’an 3:151)
“When your Lord inspired to the angels, ‘I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.'” (Qur’an 8:12)
“And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know, whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.” (Qur’an 8:60)
A hadith has Muhammad saying: “I have been made victorious with terror.” (Bukhari 4.52. 220)
“So many of our kids here at Stuyvesant are Muslim, and they fear being tarred with this kind of thing.”
Non-Muslim New Yorkers might justly fear being thrown down violently into the tar of the road by a vehicle being used in jihad.
The idea of some backlash by racist redneck yahoos against innocent Muslims after jihad terror attacks is a media fiction with no basis in reality.
“A Terrorist Attack in Lower Manhattan,” by Anna Russell and Ben Taub, New Yorker, October 31, 2017:
…At the time of the attack, on West Street, Annie Thoms, an English teacher at Stuyvesant High School, was leading a class discussion on Amy Tan’s book “The Joy Luck Club” in Room 838. Stuyvesant looms over the scene. Just afterward, an assistant principal came on the loudspeaker telling everyone that classes would be on a “shelter in” status, with no one allowed in or out of the building. Everyone was to stay put and pass the time. Speaking by phone after 6 P.M., Thoms said that she had been with her twenty-eight students for three hours.
“We were talking about the different ways we have to make choices in the cultures we are part of. We talked about it in our personal lives and in Amy Tan’s narrative,” she said. “Especially after 9/11, every time I see that something is a terrorist incident, and someone has said ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ I feel a pit in my stomach, because terrorism is the evil opposite of what Islam is. So many of our kids here at Stuyvesant are Muslim, and they fear being tarred with this kind of thing.”…