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Condemning, apologising, scoring points and the consistent ones – how we (ought to) react to extremist attacks

Just because you see someone condemning the London attack, kindly don’t assume he/she doesn’t do the same for other attacks taking the lives of the innocents and the civilians.

There are some of us who are quick to say #NotInMyName whenever an attack happens. Most of us know something just ain’t right about that as why should we apologise for something that we didn’t do?

But then there’s some of us who realise the plots of Shaytaan in putting doubts into people’s minds into thinking Islam is what drove those lunatics to do such heinous acts.

Thus, it becomes a form of Dawah to clear those doubts by stating the facts and repelling an evil act with a good.

Those who are condemning these acts – with the intention of doing Dawah to those who simply just don’t know any better and believe whatever they read, then that ought not to be shunned. Afterall, we are told

“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. And it is they who are the successful.”

[Qur’ān 3:104]

“Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.”

[Muslim]

But yes, it is utmost important they/we do the same for other similar events too, even if the media only gives two cents about them, such as the 30 plus killed in Syria and the 230 (yes TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY) massacred in Iraq by American aided airstrikes just around the time of the London attack, which we all know will simply come under the disgusting concept of collateral damage. Every life should matter and not be cheapened due to the race or other facets.

There are people who tell Muslims to condemn whenever a ‘Muslim’ has been found to do an act for his duty to Islam.

That’s foul play too as again we as Muslims don’t connect KKK to all Christians, Zionism to all Jews, BJP to all Hindus, Ashin Wiratu to all Buddhists and Islamophobes to all non-Muslims.

We use common sense and know there are bad apples in every basket.

As Dilly Hussain rightfully put

Condemnation isn’t a problem.

Inconsistency is.

Selective outrage is.

More then anything, let’s all pray for peace and stand together against those who look to divide us – the extremists who kill and the extremists who incite hatred by discriminating.

Remember, it’s not voice of the bad people among us that should worry us the most but rather the silence of the good ones.

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual who is an advent social media user for the purpose of learning and propagating Islam while is also a sports fan. Being an English teacher himself, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

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