Authorities must be pulling muscles in their brains, trying to figure out the motive of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the latest person who just happened to be Muslim to go on a sociopathic rampage. After all, Artan wasn’t the wicked fiend of Islamophobic stereotypes, as can be confirmed in the August 25 issue of Ohio State’s The Lantern, in which Artan discusses his humble urge to pray after arriving at the school where he recently hospitalized 11 people with a car and a butcher knife:
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”
If only the media would stop putting the picture of violent Muslims in people’s heads, we would at last be free of Islamophobia.
A more informative reflection of Artan’s religious thought could be found on his Facebook page:
Artan, 18, wrote on what appears to be his Facebook page that he had reached a “boiling point,” made a reference to “lone wolf attacks” and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
“America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” the post said.
But of course the piece goes on to note that officials “have not determined a motive for the ambush.”
On tips from J, Sean C, and Bodhisattva.