In dialogues with non-Muslims, I'll often ask whether or not they've actually read the Quran. Unfortunately, they often respond, "No need. I see how Muslims like ISIS behave." But have those so-called Muslims read the Quran?
In light of the recent beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, I think the validity of the Islamic States' supposedly Islamic actions need to be addressed. For example, ISIS has recently taken the largest Christian city of Qaraqosh, Iraq, and is threatening Christians to convert, pay a fine or die. Actions like these have no basis in Islam. How can a law, which purports the ideas that "For you your religion, and for me mine" (109:7), and "There is no compulsion in religion" (2:257) support such deeds?
As a Muslim American, I hope we all open our eyes to the misrepresentation of Islam by ISIS.
-- Ibrahim Ijaz, San Jose