Friday, September 19, 2008

Clarify what?

There is something eerily funny in how people have inquired about my views on the recent spate of bombings all over India. "How come you haven't written about all this? I thought you would." What's funnier is how some think they are being politically correct by saying, "All Muslims are not like this. But a majority, the moderate ones, keep silent and that is what's annoying." Earlier, you would have gotten replies from me that you want to hear. Not now.

Let's put it this way: Did you find this "moderate" Muslim dance in joy when these bombings took place? Did no Muslim die in the explosions at all? Do you find these same moderate Muslims defending what happened? I doubt. You only defend those you choose to represent.

I will not clarify what I stand for just because some arbit dick sitting on "intelligent" reports based on the oh-so-non-anonymous email claims says that I owe the nation an apology. I don't owe anyone an apology nor an explanation. Because I do not represent those responsible for these acts. I represent the Muslim Community in India and it has nothing to do with what these guys claim to do it for.

What I do have, is an opinion. My opinion, among other things, is that religion is a private affair. I will not intrude in your private affair and will not allow you to intrude into mine. My religion does not allow me to kill random innocent people on the road. Hence if someone follows the religion I follow, he will follow the same principle. Anyone who doesn't, clearly doesn't belong to my religion. Even if he was born into it. In my opinion, he cannot be stopped because he has no logic that can be appealed to.

My opinion is also that all civilisations that begin, must end. They will do it under several pretexts or contexts. And in phases. If it isn't meteors or the ice age, it's Race or the N-bomb. If it's religion and fuel today, it will be water and The Markets tomorrow. I believe that your question, or my opinion, is not above this cosmic agenda, rather, a part of it. We are not Gods. We are merely players. Shakespeare got that centuries ago. It's time you get it too.


vaishakbelle said...

succint. And valid.

AlphaZuluPapa said...

But do we as Muslims not owe it to the the good name of Islam to keep it's image as pristine as we can? Agreed, those who do carry out these heinous acts have no clue as to what Islam is about and cannot call themselves Muslims as we do; but what about the world's interpretation of Islam? What happens when a Church in Florida has a Quran Burning Day? or When people in Denmark are belittling our beloved Prophet? Does that not pain you? Are these acts not happening because of misconceptions of a religion that deserves no such negative attention? When unfortunately, these days Islam has gathered up so much of a negative image, can we not play our part by doing something as little as denouncing these acts? Whether its speaking out on Jihaad and its true meaning, or in my case, talk about a woman's rights and set myself as example where a female Muslim can do 'all that and more'. I think we owe it to the religion and to the million of Muslims who think like us; but may not have the means to voice it like we can.

So yeah. Clarify your stand on these issues. As a well-educated Muslim who people WILL sit up and listen to; make use of that not only to yourself, but your community too.