I’m going to be brief for a change. 🙂 I’m not sure how big this story is at the moment as I just saw the AP article on Yahoo 5 minutes prior to this posting. I’m certain Islamophobes and others will be all over this thing looking to once again stir the pot and fan the flames of anti-Muslim passions.
However, before they foolishly put their foots in their mouths, and rush to conclusions, remember that what is not being mentioned is that it was the local Muslim community in Northern Virginia who first notified the FBI weeks ago about these missing students.
The families involved notified the FBI several weeks ago expressing their concerns that their children were missing and may be plotting and planning something. These families and several prominent Muslims have worked with authorities in locating them.
What I would like to add to this narrative thus far, is that I hope the media tells the other side of the story reminding readers, listeners, and viewers that American Muslims have done exactly what has been asked of us by working with the authorities immediately to prevent any incidents of terror. Hopefully, we avoided another tragedy, and may God be with the families of these individuals, as this must be a very difficult time for them.