Sitting on the floor of my room (yes floor. It’s comfortable) I could count on my fingers the number of people who wished me a heartfelt Eid Mubarak. For the first time in years, I see just a handful of statuses on Facebook or Instagram posts. I step out of my house and see almost no one in Indian clothes with lacy embroidery or tussles hanging from their dupattas. I see no crowded places or even a long line of people outside Bade Miyan in Mumbai. My fitness center, which I have been visiting regularly for the past year is closed on every holiday, and on some, closed for two days, was open today. Minority much? Or not.
What is considered to be one of the holiest months in a year, has seen the most devastating days this year. I didn’t celebrate Eid today nor did I deserve to since I didn’t fast. But a lot of people did, and so did their families. But what did they get instead? Bodies of their loved ones covered in blood probably too hard to recognize if he was his mother’s son or not.
What I, and a lot of people fail to understand is why these group of angered and so called religious rodents would kill in the name of Islam and that too their own Muslim brothers and sisters? There have been shocking attacks at the holiest of places in Saudi Arabia over just a few days. The explosions killed so many people, all innocent and some right when they were eating their first bite of bread and breaking their fast. All the attacks were planned mercilessly to coincide with the approach of Eid. One of the four attacks, which has left the world in shock was at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, the second holiest site in Islam after Mecca. This was followed by attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. In Qatif, home to many members of the Shia minority, two explosions that almost everyone felt and feared was struck again, near a mosque.
A terrorist attack ‘everyday’ for 9 days straight, at 9 different places.
It isn’t a particular religion that needs to be blamed, looked down upon or to be feared from. It is the people. People who are among us. People that hide behind religion to cause the destruction in the name of God. People who want others to live with constant fear of loosing lives. People who do not see a United world. “People”, just people & not an entire community or culture.
I see/read so many individuals very casually blaming Muslims for all the wrong that is happening. It isn’t fair. On the contrary, these people who blame need to be told they’re horribly wrong in thinking that a crop of low-lives are the representatives of Muslims from across the world.
It is difficult to see this. It is difficult to even remotely think about what people who are attacked must go through. It is indeed difficult to think about those who’ve lost thier loved ones. It is difficult to see so much loss, destruction & pain.
Pray for the world to be a better place. At the same time, make the world a better place for yourself & everybody around by not having hate in your heart for anything or anybody.
I am Muslim. No I don’t support terrorism. No I don’t sympathise with them. No my family doesn’t either and believe it or not, neither does Islam. The thing is, if you really knew a thing about Islam, you wouldn’t blame it. You choose to believe what the media portrays and the random things you read across social media that claim to be quotes from the Quran.
I request you to stop and think. Terrorism is not something that can be influenced so easily. It’s a desire for power, destruction and fear. It goes beyond what Islam, or any other thing for that matter, preaches.
My heart goes out to all the lives lost in the atrocities. Everything that has been going on is horrible and we need to unite together for the sake of humanity instead of letting these things divide us.
Also, i would hate to deprive anybody of the day we wait all year for. Eid Mubarak to everyone. May this year only bring pleasant and loved moments.