Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|09/19/01 at 04:10:49|
|Asalaamu Aleikoum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,|
A letter sent by my mother-in-law to the Times today.
Like many people my first reaction to the atrocities of last Tuesday was one of horror and disgust. The first question that occurred to me was "How could ...?". How could anyone commit such a horrendous act of cruelty? How could anyone permit so many innocent people die?
However, in the intervening week, I find myself struggling with a series of "Why ...?" questions. Not so much the "Why did they do it?" because motive pales into irrelevance here: no motive will justify such a callous act of mass murder. The "Why ...?" questions with which I struggle refer to our society. Our free and democratic society.
Why do the acts of a few put the whole religion of Islam on trial when this atrocity is sanctioned neither by Muslims nor Islam? Why are mosques and Islamic schools receiving threats? Why are my sisters being savagely beaten for the reason only that they are Muslim and noticeably so? Why is the Muslim community being made to feel guilty until proven innocent.
Why do the media delight in reporting over and again scenes of a few Palestinians celebrating or Anti-American demonstrations in Pakistan? Why have I not seen nor heard a single reference to any one of the many khutbahs (sermons) given before the Friday prayer in mosques up and down the country that condemn the attacks as against the teachings of Islam?
Why is there a palpable sense of baying for the blood of innocent people (be they Afghani, Pakistani, Egyptian or Iraqi) because of our revolt at the spillage of innocent blood in New York?
Why does the Prime Minister (a convert to Roman Catholicism) never have to justify his faith nor distance himself from the acts of the IRA? Why does my son-in-law (an English convert to Islam) constantly have to justify his faith and distance himself from the actions of these criminals?
Why when a lone journalist or programme attempts to explain (not justify nor excuse, for this is not possible) why these events occurred they are labelled as "insensitive" or "poor taste" and forced to apologise? Why is no-one apologising to the sister in Swindon who was beaten with baseball bats?
Why is any attempt to discuss this matter in an intelligent, even handed manner sacrificed for something that makes better copy or better television?
And why do I have to ask you to withhold publishing my name and address for fear of reprisals?
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