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Rampant Ramadan Rage: ISIS’s Misrepresentation of Islam…Again

“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad… make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.”

At the time, we could only predict what the demand called for by Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the spokesman for ISIS, would do. Yet today, the damage is done and the effect is apparent Attacks have risen in multiple predominantly Muslim countries, namely Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, and Yemen.

Several ISIS suicide attacks in Yemen in the southeastern city of Mukalla killed more than 40 on June 27.

On June 28, three men who had been armed with assault rifles and suicide bombs attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing 44 people. ISIS had not claimed responsibility for the tragedy, however as of July 4th, 29 suspects have been suspected to be connected to the attack.

Shortly after, an overnight siege at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh took place on July 1st. 40 people were wounded, and 20 were killed. Although ISIS did claim responsibility, there is analysis being conducted on whether it was more likely to be an Al Qaeda administered attack or not.

An injured police officer is led away after the cafe attack in the early hours of July 2 in Dhaka.

An injured police officer is taken away from the scene, early on July 2nd.

Only the day after, July 2nd, a suicide car bomb attack in Iraq’s capital Baghdad that killed at least 125 people, including 25 children. Isis claimed responsibility for the tragic event.

Most recently, Medina’s Great Mosque was attacked by a suicide bomber during these last days of Ramadan as of 0638 GMT on July 5, 2016

Now when the public argues that Islam is misrepresented by ISIS, a significant amount of people cannot seem to wrap their minds around that fact. What events have tragically occurred During the most holy month to Muslims prove that ISIS is not only tearing apart the lives of innocent victims, but tarnishing the reputation of Islam to those who are wrongly skeptical of the religion.

 

From these events, we need to come together as a community and establish one thing: ISIS has never, and never will, represent Islam.

 

 

 

 

 

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Archana Sundar is a 15 year old queer WoC who hopes to spread awareness about environmental and social issues, especially those concerning the LGBT community and politics. When she's not writing for Affinity or creating lesson plans for Empower: Educate & Inspire, Inc. ( A nonprofit organization based on educating youth), she swims for her high school team and plays in her school orchestra. Archana enjoys anatomy as well as other life sciences, and hopes to pursue a future in the medical or bioscience fields.

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