It’s a sinking feeling. But post Charlie Hebdo, every time there is an attack or bomb in Europe, the first thought through my mind is: “I hope it’s nothing to do with Muslims.” Unfortunately it usually is. And while much of it is shocking, it’s not very surprising.
As soon as the words “Islamic terrorism” are linked to an event, it’s not long before the whole debate about Muslims in the West begins all over again. The reality is that the West has been part of the Islamic world for centuries. So an Islam versus the West ideology represents not only a false distinction but also a toxic distinction. If we want to make this distinction meaningless, to show that coexistence can be peaceful, Muslims must be visionary, not isolationist.