Qasim Rashid, Esq. is an author and attorney who acts as a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Prince AlWaleed bin Talal School of Islamic Studies. He's also the national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, which was the first American-Muslim organization when it was founded in 1921.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community promotes secularism and categorically rejects terrorism in any form, working with American-Muslims to instead spread a message of peace and cooperation.
Rashid recently received a message on Twitter from someone he described as a "white supremacist." In the message, the sender claims that there is no "Christian version of ISIS." A claim which Rashid quickly pulled apart...
Here's Rashid's response in full...
Rashid's tweet sharing the exchange has acquired more than 9,000 likes since it was posted early this morning. He followed up the initial post with a few others:
"I know I missed several atrocities like IRA terrorism, Srebrenica genocide, Central America imperialism, but I hope you all got the main pt," he wrote. "That point is: Terrorism - Has - No - Religion. As a Muslim I know those atrocities done by Christians are the anti-thesis of Christ. I know this how? [Because] I've studied Christianity from Christian sources & from Christian scholars. Not google, not wiki, not hate websites."
And as you can imagine, the reactions were mixed, but seem to be more positive than negative.
Violence isn't exactly new. After all, humans have been doing terrible things long before Islam or Christianity were founded. Unfortunately, religion just gave people the means and excuse to carry on doing so.