Denouncing Terror – Islam promotes the good and forbids the bad EDITORIAL

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SHAFAQNA – “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”  Quran 4:135

Late this Monday Manchester became the latest target of an ideology: Wahhabism, that sole purpose and ambition have been to sow fear and shed blood. So that it could assert its own perversion of the Scriptures, Wahhabi-inspired radicals have branded a world religion – an entire people, under the despicable brush of extremism, and thus betrayed those very tenets of the Quran Wahhabis have claimed to best abide by.

Islam it needs to be said does not exist in rejection of humanity or communities’ right to freedom of religion. Islam commands the good and forbids the bad. Islam, as Imam Ali said is the religion of the middle  – that, which offers hope to the hopeless and justice to those who have been wronged.

Islam needs not to be affirmed in bloodshed. It needs not to be exported by the sword … not even the Prophet of Islam: Muhammad, had power over men’s hearts. His duty, his only duty was to act a messenger to the Word of God so that people could attest they were indeed informed of their Lord’s Commands.

Islam was never meant as a burden – rather a promise of salvation if only one chose to follow.

There can be no words strong enough to condemn the abomination of radicalism. There can be no statements that could ever convey the injustice of a life stolen by senseless violence and unfettered hatred.

Hatred and exclusion are what animate Wahhabism and it is against hatred and exclusion that we ought to speak against, rise against, and most importantly act against. Speaking fear and anger at one another out of a misplaced sense of self-righteousness will only serve to empower those very groups we ought to evaporate.

Islam does not live on the lips of murderers – might they be suicide-bombers on or streets or kings in golden palaces, we must recognise the seed that feed them if we are to defeat them. Are we that bind that we cannot see the correlation in between Terror and Terror’s patrons?

Are we that deluded and obsessed with materialistic gains that we close our eyes to the demons that seek us dead for the sake of a bottom line? Can we measure life to the tune of billions of dollars?

Can we sell our future and the well-being of our children and pretend that Wahhabism is not a cancer eating at our world?

Yes there is a war raging today but it is not that that mainstream has framed.

Yes there is a struggle in between light and darkness but that darkness you speak of does not live within Islam’s many communities, it exists in the literature Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabist clergy has drowned the world into. And yet blame is laid somewhere else. This radicalism, this devolution that has reduced women to be commodities and religious minorities to be slaves has a name … will you dare say it? Will you dare stand to a system that has bought most of our institutions and reduced world leaders to docile mercenaries?

Today Wahhabism/Takfirism/Salafism has called the first victims of its Terror the devils who need annihilating. Shia Islam you see has been labelled the apostasy to be driven out.

“Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth.” US President Donald Trump said during his visit to Riyadh- Saudi Arabia.

Who are those infamous “they”.

There is great cruelty in accusing the victims of a crime of terror with terrorism. What offense has Shia Islam ever committed other of course than to remain true to its traditions? What crimes so grave have Shia communities ever committed that for 14 centuries our places of worship, our holy grounds, and our very blood have been forfeited under the claim we are an apostasy?

Today blood is being spilled once more and blame will be laid at innocents’ feet while kings dance in their palaces, drunk on the deception they sold the world.

Are we really that blind that we cannot recognise whose enemy is really ours?

Before the threat of Terror we are all equal. Terror hate all that is not its  ideology. Terror wants all communities to be enslaved to its ideology.

Whether in Manchester, in Bahrain, in Yemen, in Iraq, or in Syria … wherever swords and guns are being wielded to affirm Wahhabism’s hunger for power it is Terror we should learn to see and Resistance we should offer.

Let us not allow for those parties who seek in fact to combat, oppose, and denounce Terror to be mislabelled and shun for politicians have a propensity to lie – that so far has been our greatest shame.

If we are ever to heal the suffering that has spread under Wahhabism its patrons’ names ought to be spoken out to be forever shun.

Shia Muslims more than any other community today understand the abomination of Wahhabism. For 14 centuries Shia Muslims have tasted martyrdom and sorrow by the hands of Wahhabism … do not label us with the infamy of that Terror which has bled us from our tears.

It is because we know the horrors of Wahhabism that we will continue to stand in solidarity of any community in the throe of such Terror. We shall stand, and condemn with those who aim to defeat Terror and restore Freedom.

Any alliance with Terror equates to the promotion of Terror … it is how we act now that will define how our future as a global community will be written.

By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

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