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Letter: Stop the stereotypes surrounding Muslims

Published: Saturday, Sept. 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Egyptian women line up to vote at a polling center during the second day of the third round of the elections for Egypt's parliament, in Qalyobeia, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

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In a recent conversation I had with a friend, he told me something startling. It wasn't the content that was startling as much as the fact that so many people agree with what he said. It was: "Sure not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim."

A report made by the FBI from 1980-2005 stated that only 6 percent of terrorist attacks in the United States were performed by Muslims. So why do we think all terrorists are Muslim? Ask yourself. Do you have a Muslim friend? Is the only Muslim you know the guy on TV shouting death to America?

Having lived in the Middle East I can attest that most of the Muslims are as scared as we are of this less than 1 percent minority. Many things we hold dear, like family and charity are equally important to Muslims. While I lived in the Middle East, strangers would feed me and others would openly cry when I said I was away from family for five months. Muslims also give 2.5 percent of their earnings to charity as a part of their beliefs.

The Muslim people are good people we can learn from. Hate will only create more extremists.

Vulhar Rala

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