A British Muslim in the Armed Forces: "My brother’s sacrifice was for peace and understanding"
. I wish Muslims would figure out once and for all what Islam means for everyone and cut out this crap about how it's "misinterpreted by a few". This guy's co-religionists are prepared to kill him in the name of their common religion and he's all "oh, but you're interpreting Islam wrong!" I'm so sick and tired of this, I can't even tell you.
So why did my brother and I decided to join the British Army, having been born in Pakistan and being proud Muslims? Our education was a combination of the Western form, in private schools, and religious education in a local mosque in the evenings. Both have been equally important for the nurturing of mind, body and soul. Our late respected teacher, who taught us Koran, was the ideal combination of deen wa duniya — religion and the world.
It was people such as him and my parents who taught us to respect people as fellow humans rather than on the grounds of their religious, ethnic and geographical identities. What I also remember is a famous saying by the holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “Actions are by intentions.” It is one’s true intentions and not the physical act itself that qualifies one for Allah’s reward in the afterlife.