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Sunday, 11 September 2011
“I wouldn’t just oppose Hitler for his massacre of 6 Million Jews, I would condemn him if he even killed one. Killing an innocent human being is never justified. Not even by religion.” – Ahmed Deedat
The above quote is not verbatim. But this was the essence of the words delivered by the Sheikh.
Why quote this?
Simple, Muslims and Jews have been at it for a long time. If its not the land, it’s the morals. If its not that, it’s the ideals and teachings. And people might think that muslims would have celebrated Hitler doing off with so many of the Jews in his Kreig across western Europe. Enemy’s enemy is a friend right?
This is what Sheikh Deedat thought of that. It doesn’t matter who is the killer and who is the victim. Kane and Abel were both sons of Adam. One was a Murdered and One was the Murdered. One was the Oppressor and one was the Oppressed.
Throughout the past week, I’ve been getting consistent updates about the 10 years since the fall of the WTC. I still remember standing in my Nani’s place, packing my stuff to come home for holidays when the attack happened. I was watching live news on Star News and stood there agape. If someone would’ve asked me if 10 years later I’d have seen that one attack take more than 100000 lives in 2 brutal wars being fought World War style, I’d probably have said no. I’d no clue what the repercussions of the WTC would be. I’d no clue that 10 years on, muslims would still be asked to apologize for this.
Before you go wild on the comments, the above is not heresay. I’ve had countless arguments where I’ve personally apologized for the WTCs, only to have been laughed at, to have been insulted. I’ve had people throw insults at my faith, my belief, my history and all the respected people in my history because a few morons decided to go trigger happy on Uncle Sam. But I recently realized, its not Islam's mistake..Its not the mistake of the 99% of the Muslim populace that 1% of them are blood thirsty mentally deranged beasts who will claim everything an act in the name of God nauzubillah !!
As I was saying, throughtout the week, I’ve been seeing the WTC 10th anniversary being covered in almost every newspaper. Every website has some update or the other. And it goes without saying that the images of people dying in the 9/11 attacks hurt me as much as the attacks anywhere in the world, be it on Muslims or not. A life is a life. Beholding the ebbing life dying in front of your eyes on live TV does not make you question if that man is a muslim, christian or hindu. You just think… “OH GOD NO!!”
Agreed that I’m not the first person to agree to the official version or the conspiracy theories of what happened on that morning of September 11th 2001. But I know that neither versions are entirely true.
There is a famous saying that goes, “There are always 3 sides to a story…Your side, My Side and the Truth.”
Do you know the Truth? Do I? Your guess is as good as mine….
9/11 has been etched in each of our minds as the turning point in history when America turned from Bruce Banner into the Incredible Hulk. But how many such dates do you remember??
Do you remember Al Nakba?? Do you even know what that means??
Do you remember the Cave of Patriarchs Massacre? The Vietnamese My Lai massacre?
No !! of course not. The world forgets. Or does it?
The world has selective amnesia. Its fuelled by what the media deems sensational and what it doesn’t.
How many days of solidarity did the world hold up against the recent Gaza massacre? Heck amongst my friends, very few even bothered to look at the Carlos Latuff posters I’d put up.
Why doesn’t the world remember this? Why no worldwide solidarity campaign against the 3rd world??
Pop quiz….Do you remember Shock and Awe?
Sure you do….Bush Jr. stepped into a phone booth and emerged as Superman. And Despite the world’s top officials saying, “Yo Chill Dude”, he screamed “Charge” at Saddam’s stash of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
I was watching the Shock and Awe covered live by BBC. How many do you think died that night?
No no…not stupid saddam’s republican guards or army men…How many civilians died that night??
UK’s independent research organization states 6,616.
If there was a solidarity event for those people, I didn’t get the invite.
My point is not the eye for an eye story. No. Islam says you have the right to avenge the wrong done to you, but to forgive is better. I’m a purveyor of that teaching. As much as possible, I chose to take the peaceful way out.
"But if they (the enemy) incline towards peace, do you (also) incline towards peace."Qur'an, 8:61.
1 American’s death is NOT equal to 1 Arab’s death. Nor is it vice versa. Many people went gung ho about the status I put up where my friend showed a statistic which showed 29 Iraqis and Afghanis killed for 1 American life. Its true that statistic is a dangerous one.
We are not givers of life to take it away or value it. Its value is with its creator.
And that is the exact issue here.
The lives of the thousands and thousands of people who’ve died and are still dying in those warzones are also LIVES !!!!
Your heart should skip just as many beats when you see a drone attack as it did when you saw the planes attack the WTC
Your eyes should cry just as many tears whether you see the dust and debris covered faces of the WTC survivors or the Children’s massacred by the Kunduz strikes by the NATO (German) forces.
Your fists should clench just as much whether it’s the thought of the orphans of WTC or the orphans of Iraq and Afghanistan and Gaza.