I feel compelled – sometimes pressured – to tweet stories of the religious identity of the officer who died saving the lives of journalists in France. Why?

Why am I forced to let everyone know that the employee of a kosher supermarket, who risked his life to save the lives of Jews from a desperate gunman, was a Muslim?

Why am I forced to post pictures of Muslims in France offering namaaz for the slain journalists?

Why am I forced to reiterate to my friends, “Hey, listen, the commanding officer in the final raid on the assailants was a Muslim”?

I am tired and embarrassed at having to reassert that my faith has nothing to do with the lunacy of some misguided rascals who claim to be protectors of my faith.

Rana Ayyub
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