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A Jihad of My Own This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Ishaq F., Brooklyn, NY

     Destruction. Hatred. Fear. These three words define a terrorist. But who are terrorists? At this point, all of America seems to believe they are “Islamists” who run around yelling “Jihad!”and cutting off heads and not tolerating other religions. And who are the Islamists? They are average Muslims. People think any Muslim is a terrorist. Although not everyone in America and the world sees it this way, there is a fair number of people who do. They think that Muslims, just like me, are bad people.

It is very important to me that the American public understand Muslims. In this day and age, it is a very arduous task simply to be a Muslim. Shortly after September 11, listening to just about any news station was disheartening. There were calls from people who said, “I think we should just nuke that place over there.

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