Through the eyes of a Muslim youth leader

It all began on a winter night, snuggling near the heaters with a hot chocolate in one hand and the remote control in another. It was the perfect winter night – or at least that’s what I thought. I switched the channel to the world news, and suddenly, in bold letters on the screen read: ‘Islamic Extremism’ and ‘Terrorist’. I felt my heart drop, getting heavier the longer I looked at the screen. It was painful to see how my religion was being portrayed in the media – as everybody’s nightmare. Why was my religion being judged by the actions of the very small few?