Terrorists hide behind Islam like they hide behind women and children at a shopping mall. They are not brave nor are they purposeful beyond being lawless criminals.
The fact remains that terrorism and Islam are commingled. Among 1.6 billion Muslims there are different sects residing in different places and under different forms of rule and economies. The fact is, it isn't fair to lump all Muslims together.
Fawzia Kevel who lost loved ones at the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya deserves that her voice be heard. It may be that most Muslims are "peace-loving people" as are most people of various religions. After all, that is the point of most religions.
The fact is that extremism can develop among any people with any religion under certain circumstances. Understanding those circumstances is a part of the quest to eliminate terrorism. It begins by stating emphatically that Muslims are peace-loving people and terrorists need to leave the house of Islam because they don’t belong there.
“Fawzia Keval of Sacramento, Calif., who grew up in Kenya, told NBC News that her 22-year-old niece, who was shopping at the mall on Saturday, was killed by gunmen at the outset of the attack. Her nephew and another family member were wounded.
Keval said the terrorist who blasted their way into the mall had a political, not a religious agenda, emphasizing that some Americans show ignorance in associating all Muslims with violence. “(The terrorists) don’t represent any religion,” Keval said. “Muslims are peace-loving.”