When we look back on the wars of old, that punctuate our history books, as in the previous post under this Category, we see the battles between Muslims and Christians, but these days we find it difficult to understand, as I suspect many ordinary Muslims do, of the murders committed of one sect against another of the same faith when Sunnis, Shias, Alawites, Sufis and the rest go out of their way to annihilate each other.
Does the holy Quran, given and seen by all followers of Islam as the holy word of God transmitted in revelation by the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet, and perceived as a miracle and proof of the prophet-hood of Muhammad, bless his name, outline this wholesale slaughter? If it can be interpreted in this way then I find it most difficult to comprehend as the holy word of God. However I can see it’s daily disaster news as evidence of the increasing lack of respect, greed for power and intransigence of man. Every army commander and every Cleric of the Faith bears a huge responsibility to teach Peace.
We see the daily reports of the actions of so called terrorists across the world leaving the streets strewn with the blood and bodies of their own brothers, sisters and children. It is impossible for us in the relative calm of a western country to appreciate the daily threat that pervades the very air of many countries in the middle east. Nor to appreciate the energy that drove the perpetrators to such acts of terror.
Ordinary people trying to go about their ‘normal’ daily business, taking children to school (when they are allowed to attend a school, by their fundamentalist brothers), doing the shopping and cooking a meal for the family who may or may not be alive to eat it.
This is the terror that ordinary folks, like you and me, have to live with every day of their fractured lives. Can you imagine what this does to the minds of men, women and children who jump at the sound of a slamming door thinking it’s another bomb that may bring their house down?
Your parents and grandparents would perhaps remember the blitz of London and other cities at the time of World War II, as I do, and have experience of living with the mental and physical consequences thereafter, few of us though have any concept of such damage to the psyche.
Indeed it is the knowledge of what has gone before and what might happen again that brings terror to the mind. This is the most difficult mental mirage to counter but it must be countered since the terror will never go away until each and every man, woman and child has learnt how to breathe into the darkest corners of the mind and replace terror with Peace.
Terrorising minorities or even majorities by powerful minorities, as in some cases, is not the way forward for it only stores the energy that festers into hatred and can only be released by explosive violence. It doesn’t go away it just waits until it finds release, violent or otherwise.
If someone threatens with a bomb, if only a petrol bomb, rather than beat, torture and lock that person up it is the responsibility of governments to find and release the pent up energy that drove the person to such radical action, in order to bring peace to their populations. Peace treaties are the way forward bringing the rebels into the fold and allowing their pent up energies to find peaceful release.
Go gently on your way and treat others as you would wish to be treated.
Go in Peace, Hanukah