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Enough With The Double Standards

Dear Readers,

Following the Manchester incident, I wondered, how this would affect the Muslims in the world. There’ll be some young boy getting bullied in school because he’s a Muslim. There’ll be some Muslim woman told horrible things in the road. Blamed for something which even she herself hates. And the worse part? No one is going to stand up for them. Because everyone is scared of Muslims. Everyone hates Muslims. Everyone thinks ‘Oh well! He/she deserves it. They brought it upon themselves.’ Do they really deserve that? Would you? Given you were in that position? No. You don’t, they don’t, no one does.

First off, this is the most risky post I’ve ever posted upto date. I have been considering it for a while, I thought maybe I shouldn’t do it because of all the hate towards Muslims these days. But I came to realize, if not now, when? This hate just seems to grow day by day. I might never be able to get through to people in a months time. Who knows? Also, death is as unpredictable as it is inevitable. I don’t want to die without saying something which could save someone else’s life.

Secondly, you are AMAZING! Seriously. I’m not just saying it because I want you to be on good terms with me. You are beyond amazing! Blogging has connected me with so many wonderful people. In my previous blog about ending terrorism, Let’s End Terrorism, One Step At A Time, I received so much of positive feedbacks from people that I hardly knew. It was honestly better than I expected. I was anticipating atleast one bad comment about how my religion is to blame for it or something, but none did I get. That made me realise that this world is a not so bad place after all, and that there were plenty of loving, non-judgmental people.

Now, I’m off to my point. While speaking for Islam, I speak for all the other religions when I say,

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Here’s why Islam is not a religion of terror,

1. According to Islam, religion is a matter of choice

The Holy Qur’an states (Ch – Chapter, V – Verse),

There is no compulsion in matters of religion. (Ch.2:V.257)

There is nobody on Earth who can in anyway compel anybody or force anybody to accept the religion of Islam. The Holy Qur’an declares that the freedom of belief is the basic right of all human beings. They can believe in any religion they like and they can become the member of any faith they choose.

This ofcourse proves that ‘Punishment for Apostasy is Death’ and ‘All Non-Muslims must be Killed’ is a myth. (This is something which extremists use and manipulate to have their way.)

Islam teaches us to love both our Muslim and Non-Muslim brothers and sisters.

2. Islam does not promote violence, war or even hatred towards other people –

Islam allows war only if other people take the initiative and start the aggression. The permission to fight back is a basic human right.

And fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but do not transgress. Surely, Allah loves not the transgressors. (Ch.2:V.191)

Note – ‘And fight in the way of Allah’. What may this way be? Here’s a few war ethics in Islam.

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3. You are not a Muslim if you don’t follow the religion properly –

Just because a person is born to a Muslim family doesn’t make that person a Muslim. Only when you die are you determined if you are a Muslim or not depending on your belief in God and how righteous you are.

If a person kills someone else (except abiding the war ethics) in the name of religion or otherwise, that doesn’t make that person a Muslim. Infact, it makes that person exactly the opposite. So is it fair that we label Muslims (the true ones, not the ones who claim to be Muslims) as terrorists? Just because a certain person with a Muslim name or a person who says “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and kills someone? No, we don’t. We shouldn’t. That’s not right, is it?

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A terrorist is simply, exactly what you get when you Google it, ‘a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims’. This can be any person. But that’s all it is, a derailed person with no love and compassion for human beings. Come on people. We are smart enough to understand this aren’t we?

It’s time we end the stereotype Muslims have been given. Go on, set your example. Love everyone!

With Love.

Let’s End Terrorism, One Step At A Time

Terrorism.

Even the word itself is frightening.

I’ve got a huge problem. I cannot stop thinking about what happened in Manchester. Something inside me just broke. I think I just lost all my faith in humanity. I can’t imagine why it’s hurting me so much. I mean yes, I can totally see why I’m upset about it, but this is something else. It’s almost like I lost someone I love.

Why? Why why why why? God damnit! Why would anyone hurt anyone? At all? I can’t even imagine hurting an animal (I am not saying in anyway that it’s okay to hurt an animal), how can someone deliberately kill so many people? So many innocent people who’ve done nothing wrong to them? I mean, obviously someone who would end their own life in an act of terrorism probably doesn’t care about anyone else’s life. But still? It doesn’t matter if they are children or adults, girls or boys, black or white. Yes, it is much worse when those who are targetted are young teenage girls. But it really doesn’t matter. Why is this world filled with so much of unnecessary hate and violence?

Can you even imagine what it’s like? Can you imagine what the parents who’ve lost their beautiful children are going through? I read that a married couple who’ve gone to the arena to pick their child were identified victims of the attack. Can you imagine what that child must be going through? Children losing their parents. Parents losing their children. People losing their loved ones. How does the people who survived it get over something like that? How does anyone get over something like that? My heart breaks for those people. I wish there was something I could do. If I could give up my life in exchange of stopping terrorism, I would. I wouldn’t let anyone I love do that (I would stop them with everything I got) because I wouldn’t be able to bear them gone, but I would do it. I’m a bit selfish like that.

Everyone has the same fate. Birth, life and death. Why would anyone not want to live life (the very short time period they’ve got) peacefully? With love? Joy? Who is to blame to this? God? Don’t you say yes to that. You have a free will. You are accountable for your own actions.

If that’s the case, and if everyone is born as an innocent child, how does this transformation happen? Who is to blame to this? Adults? Adults who’ve maybe mistreated or miseducated these terrorists when they were young? Does this mean we can eventually put an end to terrorism by educating the young generation? Teaching them right from wrong? Showing them that love is and always will be the strongest thing in the world? Well, I hope so.

My plea to the world –

While healing from this terrible attack, let us not point fingers at one another. Let this not be something which will divide us further. That is exactly what they want. If we let that happen, they win. Do you want them to win? You don’t. So don’t let them.

Please. Please let this be something which bring us closer together. Please let this be something which will help us get all of our forces together to put an end to this. Let’s show them that they cannot divide us. Let’s honour the lives of every victim of every terror attack. Because love indeed is greater than hate. Please. Let’s not let them win.

Open your hearts to people who’ve lost someone through an act of terror. Show them love. Their minds are at a very unstable state. They might tend to be vengeful. Show them, teach them, tell them that won’t get them anywhere. Tell them that isn’t what their lost loved ones would want from them.

Open your doors to the children of the world. They are what will save this world or, if it’s already saved, prevent it from starting all over again. Adopt an orphan from a foster home if you can give them more love than what they get from there. Save a child refugee from the distress they are in.

Come on people. I know we’ve got what it takes to end this. So let’s get started.

Love changes everything.. So fill the world with love, and let love do it’s thing..

With Love. ❤️