CHRISTCHURCH TERROR ATTACK, CAN THE HATE STOP? – Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
THE PREDECESSORS IN CRIME
On the 15th of March, 2019, 28-year-old Australian citizen, Brenton Harrison Tarrant killed at least 49 people and 20 seriously injured in a hate-filled terror attack targeting two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. What was their crime? They were Muslims. It didn’t start today, we read from the glorious Qur’an…
قُتِلَ أَصْحَـبُ الاٍّخْدُودِ
النَّارِ ذَاتِ الْوَقُودِ
إِذْ هُمْ عَلَيْهَا قُعُودٌ
وَهُمْ عَلَى مَا يَفْعَلُونَ بِالْمُوْمِنِينَ شُهُودٌ
وَمَا نَقَمُواْ مِنْهُمْ إِلاَّ أَن يُوْمِنُواْ بِاللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ
الَّذِى لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَـوَتِ وَالاٌّرْضِ وَاللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ شَهِيدٌ
Cursed were the People of the Ditch. Of fire fed with fuel. When they sat by it. And they witnessed what they were doing against the believers. And they had no fault except that they believed in Allah, the Almighty, Worthy of all praise! To Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And Allah is Witness over everything. (85:4-9)”
The verses above were revealed concerning a king, Dhu Nuwas and his army. Dhu Nuwas killed twenty thousand people in one morning in the Ditch. Only one man among them escaped. He was known as Daws Dhu Tha`laban.
In several verses of the Qur’an, Allah tells us that the disbelievers can never be pleased with us except we change our religion. I was sad but not shocked when I read comments filled with hate against Muslims and Islam regarding the Christchurch terror attack. Indeed, the believers are strangers in this world. Therefore, begging for acceptance might involve compromising certain aspects of the religion.
THE WAR AGAINST ISLAM (MEDIA)
While Fir’awn was all about Magic and arrogance, Dhu Nuwas tortured the believers with fire, in our own WORLD today, it is the MEDIA.
It is an open secret that the greatest weapon used against Islam in the 21st century is the media. Do we start to mention the selective definition of terror, terrorist and terrorism? Or the Headlines aimed at spreading propaganda against Islam? Have we not seen how the victims become the culprits? Has freedom not become selective? Is freedom for one for all? Have we forgotten that, it is a right to walk around half-naked but to be covered, a crime?
Fraser Anning, an Australian senator blamed the attack on Muslim immigration. He (Fraser) said,
““The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
When people like Fraser Anning are in the society, with their own supporters, what do we expect? Yesterday, the comments from far-right extremists are in line with Fraser’s comments. Do we blame them?
No thanks to the media, the average white child believes the Muzlims/Mozlems hate them and are coming for their head or force them to convert to Islam. The Mozlems brought down the WTC and are not going to stop. Consequently, the white child should be proud of the Iraq invasion which was to stop the Mozlems plans against the West.
Just as Malcom X was misinformed before he went to Mecca, to the ignorant white child, the Muslims are blood-thirsty barbarians who are full of hate. Why?
This misinformation against Islam was a result of propaganda. Imagine, in the 21st century, crime speaks a language, terrorism has a religion. There is the Muslim terrorist but no Christian terrorist but a shooter, a sick man, depressed etc. Those in the middle east must be saints and angels and are incapable of commiting a crime a Westerner could, else, the crime would be qualified with religion and his dressing even though he does not observe Salah.
Also, no credit to the media. When Boko Haram kills in an open market in Borno, ISIS kills, and the orphans of Baghdad take to lamentations, the innocent Syrian child afloat on the water, the widowed of Palestine wails, even when the believer of Uyghur is made to eat pork, just when the toddler of Kashmir is fleeing from death, the media still asks us to blame them. Muslims are being killed yet are tagged the culprits.
When the news first broke out, “Christchurch Shooting”, it was difficult to know the gravity of the harm caused to the Muslims. Well, at least, the Prime Minister Called it a terror attack. Allah says,
Surah As-Saff, Verse 8:
يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ
They intend to put out the Light of Allah (i.e. the religion of Islam, this Quran, and Prophet Muhammad SAW) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it)”.
Expecting the world to treat us fairly is to be heedless to what Allah said in the Qur’an. Instead of waiting to be accepted, it is important that we pay attention to contemporary issues and address them.
(i) THE REVERTS
The West has a high rate of conversion to Islam today. The reverts can go a long way in correcting the misconceptions against Islam. The hate-filled white racist might have a second thought if his brothers or sisters were in the mosque compared to a mosque full of Pakistanis or Iraqis in NZ, London or Texas.
Reverts should make it an obligation to tell their own people about Islam, why it does not encourage terrorism, have a proper knowledge of the propaganda against Islam and tell to their people, what Islam really is.
Where I come from (Yoruba Land, South-West, Nigeria), people fear for their children becoming Muslims because in recent times, they have heard of Boko Haram and other terrorist activities. Before the revert is advised not to worship Allah, he is first warned against joining Boko Haram.
On the other hand, sometimes, Parents who used to be Muslims and left because of Fetish-Mallams would vehemently oppose the idea of their children becoming Muslims than parents who never used to be Muslims.
I am a revert, I have experienced this and with time, I have been able to clear these misconceptions to those who are family that many of them now have a proper understanding of who Muslims are.
CAN WE TELL OUR OWN STORY?
We all agree that the Media is the greatest weapon used against Islam in the 21st century, how then do we expect them to tell our own stories exactly how it is?
The ‘Ummah desperately needs several media houses that would properly tell the Muslim stories. Imagine if no one told us about the plight of Uyghur Muslims…
SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE
Concealing one’s knowledge of Islam and refusing to tell people about Islam is is a grievous sin. The prophet (pbuh) said, “convey from me, if just a verse of the Qur’an”.
It is upon us to tell people what Islam really is where we are and everywhere we go. Our social media platforms, books, our websites etc can be used for this purpose.
Can a House of Worship not have Security Personnel?
Now, matters are not arising, matters have risen. We cannot start to count how much of harm Muslims have faced. The word still rings in my head, “Punish a Muslim day”
With recent occurrences, individually there is a need to be security conscious. It is not a bad idea if Muslims especially females go around with pens, umbrellas and other non-incriminating weapons that coudj be used for self defense.
Also, the mosques, especially those in the West should have brothers who would be armed and serve as security guards to prevent something similar to what happened in NZ. He had all the Freedom!
May Allah forgive those who died and grant them Jannah and for the Injured, Shifa. Ameen.
Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 118:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا بِطَانَةً مِّن دُونِكُمْ لَا يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالًا وَدُّوا مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
O you who believe! do not take for intimate friends from among others than your own people; they do not fall short of inflicting loss upon you; they love what distresses you; vehement hatred has already appeared from out of their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater still; indeed, We have made the communications clear to you, if you will understand.
Surah Al-Mumtahina, Verse 8:
لَّا يَنْهَاكُمُ اللَّهُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَلَمْ يُخْرِجُوكُم مِّن دِيَارِكُمْ أَن تَبَرُّوهُمْ وَتُقْسِطُوا إِلَيْهِمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ
Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity.
Surah Al-Mumtahina, Verse 9:
إِنَّمَا يَنْهَاكُمُ اللَّهُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ قَاتَلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَأَخْرَجُوكُم مِّن دِيَارِكُمْ وَظَاهَرُوا عَلَىٰ إِخْرَاجِكُمْ أَن تَوَلَّوْهُمْ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُمْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ
It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allah forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the Zalimun (wrong-doers those who disobey Allah).
Surah Al-Burooj, Verse 10:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ فَتَنُوا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَتُوبُوا فَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ الْحَرِيقِ
Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn in repentance, (to Allah), will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire.
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Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman @Knowislam.com.ng
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