The failed bombing attempt by Umar Abdul Muttalab had Muslims around the nation cringe once again. The act of an alleged Al-Qaeda operative, again rendered peaceful Muslims into danger and suspicion that will shape their lives in the coming days and months.
Muslims leaders and groups stand united in their condemnation of the botched attempt to blow up the American airliner.
Hussam Ayloush of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations described the attempt as “an immoral act”. A similar statement was found on the website of MPAC, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, by Salam Al Maryati. The Muslim leadership applauds the heroism of Jasper Schuringa and others on that very fortunate Northwest Flight.
Muslims are pleased that their leadership echoes their sentiments of peace and security, but have concerns of being profiled. Hussam Ayloush went on to say that he hopes that “Muslims would not be profiled as a result of this incident”.
While profiling is a method employed by the authorities to apprehend a “would be attacker”, it can also mislead authorities away from a true suspect, as in the case of Richard Reed. A cliché of the Muslim world is that “All Muslims are not Arabs and all Arabs are not Muslim”. Muslims are diverse and come in all colors and sizes. For this reason profiling would be a very tedious and will not benefit national security on the long run.
Mr. Bassam Mahdawi the Editor of a local Arabic-English newspaper, Watan.com hopes for tighter security at airports. He said “I don`t mind being at the airport five hours before departure, if it means that we`ll be safe” but also feels that profiling would be upsetting, unfair and counter-productive. The Muslim majority around the world seek to better their lives, just like the rest of the human population.