ZThanks for these important thoughts, Ms. El-Rifal. Islam, like any world religion, is a culture and tradition that inspires many interpretations, and will inspire more in the future. Those who judge Islam by Wahhabism ought to read some of the great poets like Rumi, Hafiz or Kabir to get a sense of how the tradition encourages a sense of a loving and even playful God - or delve deeper into Sufism to see how an almost pantheistic mysticism can find a home in the tradition. A God, by the way, who doesn't insist on head coverings or avoiding good wine!
As to the "terrorism" which almost all Americans seem to think of as something alien and inhuman, it is simply the classic tactic of a weak group at war with a much stronger group. My grandfather who grew up in the days of the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Ireland always said that we Irish invented terrorism. After seeing what British artillery did to those rebels who seized central Dublin armed only with rifles, the IRA turned to a policy of assassinating policemen and others loyal to the Crown, avoiding any pitched battle until finally the Brits agreed to negotiate. Faced with the overwhelming force of US and Israeli weapons over the past many decades, it is no surprise to find some in the Islamic world turning to the old Irish method of murdering innocent people.
If the Brits continued to use their army to keep down the Irish, terrorism would have continued throughout Ireland for all of this past century, instead of only some of those hundred years. If the US shuts its borders entirely yet continues to wipe out, or subsidize he wiping out, of Yemeni, Afghan, Syrian or Palestinian villages whether by commandos, drone or bulldozer, what Trump likes to call islamic terrorism will continue by one means or another.
If a stronger and bigger person keeps beating on any other person, no matter how small or weak, that person will always find a way to hurt his victimizer. This is a lesson nearly all of us fully understand and yet very few of us can apply it to international or national politics.