Threat to US from Muslim terrorists exaggerated

President Donald Trump has imposed a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) and placed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. He claims that this will help protect the US from terrorism. However, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, less than one-third of the American people believe the move makes them “more safe.” Some Republican lawmakers have criticized the move saying that it sends the wrong message and allows terrorists to recruit more from alienated people.

Judging by the rhetoric used by Trump, the impression given is that he and his followers are on a mission to demonize all Arab and Muslim youth labeling them all as potential threats to the West. This is a distorted view of the real threat to the West, which is mostly homegrown and continues to threaten the global community.

The United Nations General Assembly warned against profiling and linking terrorism with any religious faith on 7 October 2005. Daesh (the self-proclaimed IS) and other terrorist and militant extremists terrorizing the global community and the Muslim world today are condemned by all. They have no legitimacy and no recognized justification for their criminal acts.

Meanwhile, the threat to the US from Muslim terrorists has been greatly exaggerated. Muslim leaders have repeatedly denounced all forms of support for terrorist activities; however, they have not been able to form an effective strategy to control terrorism. Unfortunately, some of them consider terrorism a global phenomenon not associated with any religion, race, color or country, but they have failed to counter the threat of the evil forces that are undermining the religion of Islam and Muslim unity. Terrorists disguised as Muslims and agents with an agenda continue to pose a great threat to all Muslims.


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