Terrorism is the worst form of human expression. Terror has no religion. Any inhumane act is an act of terror. Terror is beyond nationalities, and beyond regional affiliations. Terror strikes are taking place because of lack of understanding of our own culture, and the lack of understanding of human values. There is also lack of respect regarding the differences between communities.
In the current scenario, there is a need to understand the differences between diverse cultures, and to accept and acknowledge these differences. Rigidity and fanaticism breed terrorism. There has to be moderation and acceptance.
The brutal carnage at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch
arethe worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history. In perhaps the deadliest instance of Islamophobia worldwide, 49 people were shot dead and 48 injured. March 15, 2019became a black Friday for Muslim Ummah across the globe.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it among the country’s darkest days and the police urged all mosques across the country to close their doors for the time being.
These horrific attacks are a result of Islamophobia. It is essential to create awareness among all communities about Muslim religion. We hope that Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and other international organizations undertake this campaign with seriousness.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has done an exemplary job in contributing to the betterment of the Muslim community and the society at large. Their campaigns have been very fruitful in raising awareness about Islam, and effectively countering Islamophobia. There must be such common platforms in all societies for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities, and civic and service organizations. We need similar
It is crucial for all communities to remain united against hatred, division and bigotry, so that incidents like these can be avoided. These attacks were a tragedy not just for Muslims, but for all people of faith and goodwill. There is need for all communities to stay vigilant and strong against these attacks on humanity