by Ansar Khan
As I write this on the 23rd September 2013 the world around me is turmoil, again. The Islam I know and love is, once again, being hijacked by terrorists masquerading as Muslims. Acting in revenge for political reasons, with a self made religion made of guns, money, and politics that have nothing to do with the noble religion of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him).
Two suicide bombers killed at least 78 innocent men women and children, and wounded at least 110, at a 130 year old Anglican Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. In what has been described as the single deadliest attack on the county’s Christian minority. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility saying it would continue to target non-Muslims until the US stopped drone attacks in the country’s remote tribal regions.
Elsewhere, at least 62 men women and children have been killed – six from the UK – and 170 injured after a 36+ hour siege in a uptown shopping mall in Kenya by the Somalian al Qaida affiliate group Al Shabaab. In what can be been described as the second most deadly attack in the county’s history. Al Shabaab said they carried out the attacks in response to Kenyan military operations in Somalia. Some media reports incorrectly reported that they were freeing Muslims and killing innocent people from differing religions and nations in a politically fueled revenge attack. But the reality is that they indiscriminately and mercilessly killed children and women of all faiths and backgrounds.
Just days prior to these two incidents at least 65 people were killed and at least 120 wounded in a triple bombing targeting a Shi’ite Muslim funeral in Baghdad, Iraq. And earlier that same day in a separate incident at least 8 Shi’ite’s were killed by a car bomb detonating in another part of Baghdad. No doubt politically motivated acts of sectarian violence committed by rebel Sunni Muslims, fighting to overthrow a leader backed by Shi’ite Iran. Deadly attacks on Shi’ite Muslims are now becoming a near daily occurrence.
A blood curdling 205 murdered in three days, for political reasons by so called Muslims. And sadly elsewhere hundreds of thousands of people in Syria and Egypt are engulfed in the fire of violence, oppression and rebellion. Fighting each other for political reasons. Everything revolving around guns, money and politics. ”Get money to buy guns, to force people to bend to your political views” – and who better to fund this than corrupt religious and political leaders.
It reminded me of the 28th May 2010 when 86 peaceful worshippers were killed and 124 were injured in the sectarian killing of Ahmadi Muslims in Lahore in Pakistan. In what has also been described as the single deadliest attack on the county’s Ahmadi Muslim minority in Pakistan’s history. Also killing a Christian worker at the same time the Tehrik e Taliban Punjab murders shouted ‘Khatme Nabuwwat Zindah Baad’ (– Long Live End of Prophethood). An act of pure sectarian murder committed because a previous Pakistani Government passed laws of religious intolerance in their constitution in order to marginalise the community completely. If ever there was a clear connection with money, guns and politics, Pakistan is the prime example. I was there watching the surreal events take place, lucky to have survive, but destined to bury two uncles. I witnessed teenage terrorists that were pumped with drugs and hate like experimental super soldiers immunised against pain and burning with a desire to kill for their masters.
This event woke me from my hypnotic materialism and caused me to realise some of the realities that surround us. So when people ask me why do the current world events make me sad? I simply say: ”how many more deadly attacks will there have to be before people realise that things are getting rapidly worse?” A dangerous mix of radical religious dogma, fuelled by politics and money to buy weapons, has been allowed to enter into the minds of the people across most developing nations.
The Holy Qur’an states, ‘…and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice…’ and ‘…that is nearer to righteousness…’ (Q. 5:9).
So, it’s clear these terrorists have no righteousness and do not pay heed to the the text they proclaim to be their guide – the Holy Qur’an. Otherwise they would know that according to the Qur’an to kill another person is a sin, equal as if they had killed the whole of mankind. And to kill women or children is never permitted, even in times of legitimate conflict a fight must never target children, women, religious figures and people with have no part in the conflict.
This is all about money, guns and the ambitions of the poorly dubbed ”political Islam”, because they prefer the attire of guns and grenades and a suicide vest rather than the modest heart and dress of a righteous and loving person. Let’s face it, it’s always about money. They are always being funded from somewhere. Otherwise how could the Kenyan terrorist’s hole up in a shopping mall for over 36 hours and have enough weapons and bullets to last so long? Where does the money come from for such a large investment in arms and who stands to gain politically?
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of God be upon him) was a leader and a statesman, an exemplar for all true Muslims in the world. He enjoined the masses to be patient and pray for divine help, not to take matters into their own hands. He foretold that after him people would see that their rights were usurped and preferences were given to others, in addition people would see things which they considered inextricably bad. He was asked what the instruction for such a time was. He replied that the rights of rulers should be paid at such times and one’s own rights should be sought from God.
In other words, if one wants to be safeguarded from the displeasure, even wrath, of God then one should pay ones dues and obligations to all around him or her and leave the matter of the ruler with God and stay engaged in prayers. This is true righteousness and what Ahmadi Muslims not only believe, but have been practising for over 100 years. This is why Ahmadi Muslims are worried and praying for the people of Pakistan, Kenya, Iraq, Syria, Egypt and everywhere else; that people are being oppressed by their governments and being manipulated and radicalised. It causes Ahmadi Muslims enormous anguish, which they focus into their daily prayers and supplications to He Who has the power to avert all disasters and tribulations.
We all need to unite and become serious in breaking the current negative trend towards self destruction. Each of us needs to step up our efforts in spreading peace, tolerance and righteousness. The majority of the 1.6 billion Muslim population needs to awaken from their slumber and recognise that they have a moral responsibility to each of their neighbours to make the world a peaceful place. A place with no violence and intolerance. And the removal of the intellectual and temporal sources of the political Islam that underpins terrorists will start to stamp out this bloodshed. High statements about peace must be matched with actions.
Furthermore, when we hear of Nations saying they want to help ‘arm’ rebel nations – make no mistake that is one root of terrorism. A gun remains with a people for life, not just for the lifespan of a rebellion. And one person’s rebel is another’s freedom fighter, and yet another’s mujahedeen or political pawn. Did you know that a recent 2013 survey showed that the world’s ammunition manufacturers are working 24 hours to satisfy demand for bullets? The business of war has never been so good for some…