Being a Muslim, we all are somewhat assured about one thing, if anything goes wrong, a Muslim is caught and the rest of the 1.3 billion Muslims are cursed and blamed!
Like every community we have some black sheepÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (the so called representatives of Muslims!)
Just a few minutes back, before starting this article, I was talking to a non Muslim friend. He feared someone hacked his id and the like, because he received a forward that contained a durud shareef written in Arabic. When I told him itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a duaa in Arabic he exclaimed, Ã¢â‚¬Å“koi terrorist toh nahiÃ¢â‚¬? (I hope its not a terrorist!). Off course he clarified that he is not among those who blame Islam for terrorism but then, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter! The initial reaction shows what goes through your sub conscious. He might not consciously think about it but some where in his sub conscious he had this.
The situation is far worse than what most of us take it to be!
Even if riots are sparked off against Muslims, they claim that Muslims alone are responsible for that! Riots remind me of another story. We had brutal riots against Sikhs in 1984; Sikhs were targeted not by Muslims but Indian majority. Till date, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remembered as Ã¢â‚¬Å“anti SikhÃ¢â‚¬? riots. Going by minorityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s commission, government of India, report, on an average we have around 600 riots per year against minorities! But sadly I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t remember even a single instance remembered as Ã¢â‚¬Å“anti MuslimÃ¢â‚¬? riots. Though violence against Muslims is something that is happening everyday! It might not take the horrible shape of proper riots but still no one can deny that!
Even Gujarat riots are known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“post godhraÃ¢â‚¬? riots, which were sparked off because of Muslims only!
We all know about the growing hatred for Muslims all over the world, but what makes me worried isÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ are we actually a soft target or we are letting people use our name for their own good!
Even a child knows about the so-called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Islamic terrorismÃ¢â‚¬? though anyone in the world will agree to one thing, that no religion preaches hatred still why only Islam is branded as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“religion of terrorÃ¢â‚¬? and the world remains silent??
Tony Blair condemned KazakhstanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s government for demolishing a temple. The only thing I know about it that Ã¢â‚¬Å“land mafiaÃ¢â‚¬? had eyes on that property and it had nothing to do with communalism. Still itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s being projected as a communal issue and is used to create zero tolerance for Muslims. What was Blair doing when 250 mosques and Muslim shrines in Gujarat were demolished in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“post godhraÃ¢â‚¬? riots?
US government agreed that they will respect Sikhs and their Ã¢â‚¬Å“kripanÃ¢â‚¬? (a knife that a Sikh carries for self defense) but westerners fear the veil!
Time and again, Muslims are accused of anything and everything. Hundreds of Muslims were arrested after Mumbai blasts, just because they were Muslims!
Muslim ghettos were raided and anyone Ã¢â‚¬Å“suspiciousÃ¢â‚¬? was arrested. They showed this on national news channels but who cares?
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not that disturbing to see hindutva brigade people crying hoarse about terrorism and Muslims. What disappoints me the most is young educated people give names to those who were once their close friends. It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t much of a shock for me when some of my Hindu friends deserted me after realizing that I m a Muslim!
LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s look at what Allah commanded us to do in His book.
16:90. Verily, AllÃƒÂ¢h enjoins Al-Adl (i.e. justice and worshipping none but AllÃƒÂ¢h Alone – IslÃƒÂ¢mic Monotheism) and Al-IhsÃƒÂ¢n [i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to AllÃƒÂ¢h, totally for AllÃƒÂ¢h’s sake and in accordance with the Sunnah (legal ways) of the Prophet SAW in a perfect manner], and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that AllÃƒÂ¢h has ordered you to give them e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help, etc.): and forbids Al-FahshÃƒÂ¢’ (i.e all evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right, etc.), and Al-Munkar (i.e all that is prohibited by IslÃƒÂ¢mic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds, etc.), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression), He admonishes you, that you may take heed.
13: 25. And those who break the Covenant of AllÃƒÂ¢h, after its ratification, and sever that which AllÃƒÂ¢h has commanded to be joined (i.e. they sever the bond of kinship and are not good to their relatives), and work mischief in the land, on them is the curse (i.e. they will be far away from AllÃƒÂ¢h’s Mercy); And for them is the unhappy (evil) home (i.e. Hell).2:256.There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in TÃƒÂ¢ghÃƒÂ»t and believes in AllÃƒÂ¢h, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And AllÃƒÂ¢h is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
5: 32. Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.Ã‚Â And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g.Ã‚Â by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by AllÃƒÂ¢h by committing the major sins) in the land!.AllahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s commands are clear to anyone who reads the Quran with and open heart. Anyone who tries understanding His message can easily understand that Allah and His religion are all about peace.
This is a newspaper report published in milligazette.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is clear from these disclosures that not only Muslims but even Hindus are involved in the ongoing terrorist activities in J&K who were either persuaded to join them or given monetary incentives or because of some other compelling circumstances. An important question that arises here: where are the Sangh activists who always doubt the patriotism of Muslims and have been citing the example of Kashmir separatists as a proof of their allegations? Why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they loudly tell the world that in Kashmir Hindus also are involved in terrorist activities along with Muslims? I very well know that neither RSS leaders will react to this news nor Advani will utter a single word in this regard. They consider Hindus as most patriotic and all Muslims as stupid and traitors.
The world in any case has come to know that terrorism is not associated with any religion but it is directly related to human needs and grievances. If jobless Hindus can become tools in the hands of anti-national elements in consideration of money and indulge in terrorist activities, why wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t jobless and aggrieved Muslims fall in this trap?Ã¢â‚¬?
The threat of terrorism is not a new concept. It has been used since long, but never ever in world history it was attached with any religion!Why Islam is the only exception??
Even today, India faces an equal threat from organizations like ULFA, LTTE, BodoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ so on and so forth. They have been operating since long but fortunately no religion was attached to it. I m deliberately using Ã¢â‚¬Å“fortunatelyÃ¢â‚¬?, because religion should not used to label something as destructive as terrorism. If a few Muslims were caught doing something wrong does that mean that all Muslims are wrong??
When no one criticized Christianity for the acts of Hitler and Bush, which is the right thing to do. No single person represents any religion, then why only Islam?
In the end I can only say thatÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Muslims are not perfect but Islam is!Ã¢â‚¬?