Around the world, countries are showing solidarity with France following the terrorist attacks. In Las Vegas,
American flags are flying at half-staff honoring the victims of the terror attacks.
“Our hearts go out to all the victims of this tragedy,” said Dr. Zia Khan, a Muslim.
He says Muslims are finding themselves defending their faith once again.
“I think lumping Muslims into one category is a big mistake,” he said.
Dr. Khan has been keeping up with the developments out of France, but as a Muslim man, he finds it difficult to read some of the online comments attacking the Islamic faith.
“On the one hand you feel sad that people would say such things, on the other hand you kind of feel sorry for them, that they haven’t managed to bother to read beyond the headlines.”
Khan is discouraging the use of terms like “radical Islam.”
He says it’s one of the reasons why law-abiding Muslims are associated with terrorist.
“Those people who perpetuate these horrendous crimes, do not speak for us, they have nothing to do with us,” he said.
Khan believes terrorist groups, like ISIS, have high jacked the religion to push their own agenda. He says Islam does not promote violence.
“It’s a religion of peace, just like every religion. It teaches you to love one another, respect one another, live a moral, decent life, help the needy.”
Meanwhile, Khan says he and his fellow Muslims in Las Vegas continue praying for the victims of the violent attacks in the French capital.
“The Muslims that I know, that I’m part of, their heart bleeds for what happened in Paris.”