Terrorism Has No Religion

On Wednesday 22nd March at 14:40 GMT, Khalid Masood drove a car that he had hired over Westminster bridge, going onto the pavement whilst hitting pedestrians indiscriminately.

Masood then ran towards the Houses of Parliament where he was confronted by police, which resulted in the murder of PC Keith Palmer who received stab wounds. The attack also resulted in the death of 4 more people and at least 50 people from over 12 countries were injured.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Whilst the attack united millions of people all over the world, it has also become apparent that some people appear to be blaming an entire religion for the actions of certain individuals.

Khalid Masood identified himself as a Muslim. Yet, the Muslim community has fought back against this, claiming terrorism has no religion. This is something which many people find difficult to understand. Whilst Masood claimed he was a Muslim, he did not follow that practice. No religion promotes violence, crime and murder. This kind of extremism can not be linked to the entire community, as their beliefs vary massively from that of the attackers and the group linked to the attack.

Just yesterday, an anonymous letter written by a 14 year old Muslim schoolgirl was left on a London bus, claiming she felt ‘almost guilty’ for the attack which happened on March 22nd. The letter spoke of her fear walking through Wesminster in case she was attacked for wearing her hijab.

Not only this, but a Muslim led campaign has raised more than £20,000 for those affected by the attack. The Muslims United for London fundraiser will donate all of the money to support victims of the attack and families which have been left devastated by the incident.

Religion is completely seperate from these attacks which some people are struggling to understand. Religion and violence do not go hand in hand. People struggle to understand why people commit such atrocities and it is something which people will never fully understand. These people tend to hide behind religion, using it as an excuse to justify their actions yet it is important for people to stand together and realise that religion is not the root cause of this all.

Unfortunately, hate crimes are still happening today. Nine people have recently been arrested following the attack of a 17 year old asylum seeker in Croydon. The world appears to be going round in circles as some people are fighting terrorism by adding more violence and discrimination into the world — something which needs to be fought against.

No one truly knows the aim of the people who commit these attacks but it is important that we fight back against it by uniting and proving that we are not afraid. Radical Islamic terrorists may truly believe that they are fighting for a religion, but really the religion they are fighting for is not one which is known or recognised. It is so important that people understand the difference between terrorism and religion and do not blame an entire community for the actions of one individual. No one should feel afraid to walk down a street or practice what they believe in. Religion promotes peace and whilst it may be difficult for some people to understand, terrorism has no religion.