EDITORIAL – BIRMINGHAM KNIFE CANNOT SERVE AS AN EXCUSE FOR FURTHER VIOLENCE

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SHAFAQNA – Shafaqna would like to offer their thoughts and prayers to the family of of Birmingham’s knife attack this September 30, 2017.

A young man battles today for his life on account a misguided few saw violence as a catalyst for their hate. Hate, whether or not sectarian-based remains our common enemy, and as such, should be denounced with utmost certainty.

As millions of Muslims across the world mark Tasu’a – the ninth day of Muharram, a day spent in remembrance to Imam Hussain and those who with him rose in the plain of Karbala to defy Tyranny, it is saddening to witness such violence against the innocent.

 

The victim, a 14-year-old boy, was targeted right outside the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam Hussainia Mosque and Community Centre in Small Health, Birmingham in what can only be described as a hate crime.

 

In view of the nature of the attack, and what the intent it carries against the broader Shia community, we ought to remember that one evil cannot be made right through another.

It is only when we practice restraint and strive to remain within the confine of the law that justice can be served.

 

It is when hate towers tallest of all that patience and compassion are most needed.

 

With only a few hours separating us from the Day of Ashura, we may draw strength in the example of the progeny of the Prophet Muhammad, and remember what patience they demonstrated as armies descended upon their camp to commit not just treason, but a crime against the sanctity of God’s command.

 

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