MI5 recently published a report confirming what we Muslims knew from the start; that there’s no clear connection between becoming more religious and “extremism”. I urge you to read the article before you continue reading this post, but I will still share what I find to be the most important paragraph:

•Far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could actually be regarded as religious novices. Very few have been brought up in strongly religious households, and there is a higher than average proportion of converts. Some are involved in drug-taking, drinking alcohol and visiting prostitutes. MI5 says there is evidence that a well-established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation.

But this is just one article. I haven’t seen it being spread around as much as material supporting anti-Muslim sentiments. And even if it was widely shared, would it make any difference? I think not.

I think that all the material that’s out there, even such “details” as calling Da’esh the Islamic State, is merely fuel added to the fire in racists and Islamophobes. They carried their hatred way before all the terrorist attacks and other atrocities. Some of them expressed it, others didn’t until now when they feel it’s more acceptable. Meaning; it doesn’t matter if someone tries to prove them wrong or if even Da’esh themselves come out and say they’re not Muslim. The bigots will be bigots regardless. For them, logic doesn’t matter.

Therefore, I don’t think there’s any point in arguing with them. We shouldn’t waste our time trying to convince bigots. There are people out there that don’t hate and that listen to logic. Talk to them, explain to them. But don’t bother with the people that will only use the confrontation to suit their interests and weaken your morale. Don’t bother with people that have already decided what they believe in and won’t keep an open mind while discussing with you, respecting your views and trying to understand, but that only argue in order to prove their own point.

Don’t waste your time in pointless arguments. Instead, be the best Muslim that you can. Show people with your personality and your behavior. Show, instead of telling.

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