Early August of this year, we’ve been seeing frightening stories and threats line the news threads. Many events of violence were triggered when six people were killed in a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Many took this event lightly, until Muslims tasted the consequences. Since the shooting, there has been over a dozen cases of threats towards Muslims and Islamic places of worship. In Joplin Missouri the Joplin Mosque was burned down in a suspicious fire! That had Muslims boil across the country, and quickly I was amazed at how they raised over $400,000 to rebuild the mosque and expand. California was a state seeing lots of hatred and discrimination towards Muslims, and these events caused Muslims to face even more hatred, even things like being egged and fired at. It did not end there, in Illinois a man shot at a Mosque filled with people worshipping during the Holy month of Ramadan. In another city in Illinois, a bottle filled with harmful ingredients was thrown at a school in which Muslims prayed as well. All these events rising are hate crimes towards Islam, and as Muslims we know we need to take action. Taking precaution is one thing, and it’s essential. However, we need to raise awareness against these hate crimes. We need to make it clear to this country and the people of this country that we are against racism. Islam does not allow for us Muslims to walk into a Church and shoot at innocent people during a ceremony. Islam does not allow for us to run up to a Temple and slaughter people. Islam does not teach us hatred between us Muslims and those of other religions. Instead, it teaches us humanity, forgiveness, and compromise. We as Muslims need to be careful, for these things may make our blood boil, but it shouldn’t make us angry enough to crave vengeance. We in return stay patient, put our trust in the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and prove that Islam is truly nothing but beauty and goodness. Islam is not a religion, but a way of life. If we don’t start living it, who will?