Fatima & Azzam
Azzam: I also believe that a good religion…every single religion in the world will ask you to be peaceful, humane, and be good to others.
If you hear that a religion tells you to go and hate people, that’s not a religion. That’s something that people made up to stereotype other groups of people. I don’t think that’s a real religion.
If people act with violence towards others in the name of religion, they have a really big problem understanding this religion. That’s why we see…whatever you see in the news…those people are using the name of religion, let me put this… ‘Islam,’ as a way to just say that ‘we do this because of Islam.’
But, if you read the scriptures and the Quran, you will see that it’s so peaceful. It’s a guideline that tells you how to deal with other people and how your lifestyle will be more accurate to live and to perceive others.
I see people as people, not as a religion.
That’s what I can say for now.
Fatima: When you meet someone in our language which is Arabic, you say ‘salam,’ which is peace. So that’s the first thing you say when you meet someone. So it should be a peaceful religion.
Azzam: In the Koran…there is a verse that says, ‘You have your own faith, and I have mine.’ And, ‘You’re free to practice yours, and I’m free to practice mine.’
This doesn’t divide us as humans. We’re still humans in the beginning and end. We all are born the same way; we’re all gonna die almost the same way. It’s not just a religion or a gender or color that could not let me talk to you or even hate you. You know what I mean?