With the dawn of 2015, we set ourselves with new goals new aspirations and new hopes for the future. Looking back at such global events from the buying of WhatsApp by facebook, Scottish Independence Referendum, the Ukrainian Crimea Crisis, Destructions in Syria, the slaughter in Gaza, Malaysian Planes crashes, Egypts "biased" death sentences, and the list goes on and on.
As a muslim, 2014 has unfortunately staged the islamic community in much oppresion, resentment and torment. Islamophobia is being presented in such a way, i myself cannot bear to describe what has become of it.
Unfortunately now we muslims, as being part of the ummah, are being tested with the Charlie Hebdo incident which has striked and questions back the "morality" of muslims and the judgements they bring towards the ummah with their actions.
I of all people, resent the acts of terrorism. As i believe terrorism is done by the acts of an individual or group, that creates terror among people. Hence the core cure of these inhumane acts must be observed by the root of which instills in the hearts of these fanatics; terror. So i stand in line with France in its actions to oppose such horrendous massacres.
However, being political motivated or subjected to mindless speculations, I have yet to question the leaders of these global nations on what they SEE on terrorism. Take for the fact that during the Paris march, such people such as Benjamin Netanyahu lead the group on condemning terrorism. A man who has revolved his life with acts of terrorism with raids of massacre to Palestinian children. We cannot be able to cure terrorism if we justify terrorists by our own political "hanky-panky".
Then i meet muslims, discuss the situation; some are saddened that islam, a religion itself is being bounded by terrorism. And yet some say, "They asked for it". "Those infadels deserved it". "They saw it coming". Then i ask myself again- "what defines terrorism?"
Regardless of being the oppresed or the opressor, people seem to define their condemned acts just to justify their personal cause. Muslims of all should be the ones opposing these horrendous acts. as stated in the Quran:
[2:190] You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you, but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.
[2:191] You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the Sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is the just retribution for those disbelievers.
[2:192] If they refrain, then GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[2:193] You may also fight them to eliminate oppression, and to worship GOD freely. If they refrain, you shall not aggress; aggression is permitted only against the aggressors.'
However that pretty picture is not what is potrayed in the hearts of muslims nowadays. I understand the sensitivity of the pictures done by Charlie Hebdo. I am amazed that they discriminate religion in such a fashion it just makes them lower than the lowest. So despite the damage that has been done, i am distraught that some muslims try to defend these actions done by terrorist. We of all people should refrain ourselves, take for example the actions done by our prophet Muhammad SAW. Being humiliated, oppressed and brought down bit by bit, our prophet has never ceased to pray for their sins.
It is us muslims sometimes that create our own double standards, allowing muslims to do terror justifying their cause and condemning others while we should be the one opposing it. We cannot change people in an instant, but we can change ourselves. Condemn such acts, and show the beauty and peacefulness of islam. May Allah forgive us all.