“Do not kill a soul that God has made…whoso kills a soul…it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.” Quran 6:151
Two cities I have called home have come under terrorist attack in the last month. The response to these attacks from the people inManchester and London – of kindness, bravery and strength – has made me very proud of Britain, and I don’t think I’m alone in that.
But since these atrocities were committed, we’ve also witnessed a sadly predictable backlash directed at people of Islamic faith. This is unsurprising, given that our Government, our media and even our friends and family refer every day to terrorists as part of the ‘Islamic State’, or some variation of that name.
It can be shortened to IS or Isis (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), it can be labelled Isil (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), or it can be referred to by the increasingly common term ‘Daesh’, is the acronym translated into Arabic.