LETTERS TO EDITOR
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By Syed Sohail Raza
This type of violence should not be tolerated anywhere in the world by any government.
By Tarek Fatah
cowards have struck again. Killing people in an Islamabad church in
the name of Islam is repugnant, but finding excuses to explain this
mass murder, is worse. I am just waiting to hear the next conspiracy
theory as to how the CIA arranged the latest act of terrorism in
By Tarek Fatah
since the terrorists attacked New York on September 11, 2001, the
world of Islam has been put under a microscope. Each and every aspect
of the religion and its believers has undergone serious examination.
Sadly it was 9/11 that brought to the forefront a battle of ideas that
was being waged within Islam; a battle for the very soul of 1.2
billion human beings. On the
one side stood the Saudi funded medievalist and literalists
fanatics who stood on the side of the USA during the long and bitter
cold war, attacking killing and maiming their fellow Muslims who
believed in a pluralistic and democratic interpretation of their
This truly is "Hypocrisy of Our Times" with our so-called Muslim nations leading the pack among the most intolerant nations upon the face of the earth. In this respect we are truly blessed living in a country (Canada) whose leaders had the vision to implement many Islamic principles and practices in our Constitution.
The Hindus want Muslims to worship three kilometers away from the site of old Babri Masjid, which was destroyed by the 'nationalist Hindus', no closer. That would institutionalize the destruction of 1992 that repelled most Indians, and would invite more conflict.
Creating a space for both religions rather than excluding one would honour Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, visionary Indian leaders who held up religious tolerance as a prerequisite for the nation's future greatness.
By Ajay Gupta
Ever since 11 September 2001, I have had a feeling of personal emptiness at the senseless and barbaric killing of innocent men, women, and children. A majority of the individuals I interact with have been betraying signs of depression, to varying degrees, and this feeling of loss has permeated, in a subliminal way, into the work- place as well, manifesting itself into visible signs of stress and tensions amongst colleagues.
While this is the time to exercise restraint, instead of engaging in an all out war, it is very important the USA and the world community at large move to selectively seek out the perpetrators and decimate them in a surgical manner. This is easier said than done, and will require all the patience, wisdom, and divine guidance governments of the world can marshall. In the long run, I also fervently hope that the USA and other western nations will make a genuine resolve to understand other cultures 'alien' to them and seek a genuine global equilibrium, instead of continuing with the hopeless crusade of converting the entire world into a USA-and-Euro-centric view. It is time to focus on global peace and harmony despite diversity.
September 11, 2001. A morning that started off like any other. But ended as a day that will be remembered for generations to come by people around the globe. A day that will forever make its mark in history.
How and why do these things happen? This is a question that many others have been asking themselves since that fateful morning of September 11, 2001 when the Attack on U.S.A took place. It was an ‘Attack on the U.S. soil,’ an ‘Attack on the heart of New York,’ an ‘Attack on the government of U.S.A.’ Above all, to me, this was an Attack on the very essence of humanity and civilization. It was a brutal and a savage act of violence, that we call terrorism.
the news reporters showed us the on going coverage of the attacks and
the aftermath, I felt distress that grew to despair.
It took some time to absorb the reality of what’s happened
and then, the fear of what’s going to happen.
I kept thinking as days went by, of those thousands of families
that set out with hope, in search of their loved ones.
I kept thinking of those families whose worst fears have become
realities as their loved ones are recovered from Ground Zero.
I kept thinking of those families whose loved ones were on
board those four airplanes, when they crashed, including the families
of the hijackers, who like the rest of them, lost their dear ones as
think of what parents are telling their children about this tragedy
and wonder how nicely they can clean up this picture and present it in
the most harmless way for those innocent children whose eyes ask many
questions. ‘It’s the
bad guys’, would explain it sufficiently many parents may feel, but
is that really so? ‘Bad
guys’ were ones who fight and bully and steal, but today the concept
of the ‘bad guy’ has taken a whole new and a much scarier form.
Now the ‘bad guys’ are ones that kill and destroy many
lives only because they truly believe that what they are doing is
justified. How will a child ever understand that when even myself, at
23, cannot accept, nor understand this concept?
nearly three weeks later as we all still try to make sense of what’s
happened, there is yet another tragedy that will soon take place in
the Middle East. Once
again there will be destruction and loss of human lives, once again
there will be devastation and sorrow and yet again there will be war.
It is so easy to use that word and justify the horror that it
brings, by using the ‘eye for an eye’ theory.
But we cannot even begin to imagine the horror and feel the
pain, that comes as a result of war and terrorist attacks, unless we
have lost someone that we love.
it is in the Middle East or in North America, it is only innocent
people that are dying and it is their families and loved ones who are
paying for someone else’s deeds. The people responsible for these killings are either safe
with their families in high security alerts or are on the run and are
hiding in mountains or caves in the middle of nowhere.
My only question is when will it end? And how many people will have to lose their lives before we decide that enough is enough? Will it ever be enough or are we looking towards a future where killing in the name of religion or as revenge are the stories that we will share with our children?
By Aruna Gupta
It is innocent civilians who end up as pawns in the quagmire of politics. Hate begets hate. The surviving next of kin of the victims of this tragedy undoubtedly are going to harbour negative feelings towards the conspirators and the net result is a vicious circle of mistrust. It is scary to think that what was earlier limited to smaller pockets of religious fanaticism and ethnic cleansing, is now turning into global warfare. Peace is nowhere on the horizon. Only Divine intervention can pull us out of this.
By Saif Raza
What I'm sending is my view and opinion of what has been in my lifetime so far, the blackest day. If you haven't heard already, America was under Attack, on September 11, 2001.
First of all .. my deepest sadness, and sympathies to all those who have been lost family or friends in the bombed sites.
This is not a time for people to be putting blame on other people. This is a time for prayer and mourning.
There is so much more I want to say and do to help. But, there is really nothing I can do to help the situation as much as I want to. So I am writing this.
I'm sure a lot of you want to help as well. But what can we do? ... I'm writing to say that all those who want to help out: Send this as an email to all your friends and family.
By Ajay K. Yadavalli
In light of the tragic incident which has just taken place in the US,
I think it will not be wrong to reproduce a
mail that I wrote to a friend, a few days before the bombings.
Later as the distances shortened, communication between these isolated pockets of humanity increased, the existence of a number of such religions in the various parts of the world was discovered. However by then the pioneering wise men had long gone and the people were content to carry on with the tradition of following what their forefathers had preached. Which was not wrong as the various religions were fulfilling their objectives of unifying the people and giving them direction... But what if those wise men were alive today... Would they say to themselves... " there are so many more people in this world than we thought...
Unfortunately the concept we introduced to unify the people is now acting to separate and divide them... Let us once again try and ascertain that the original goals of our concept be met... let there be one religion, which will unify all the people living on earth... Which will serve to direct them and to help them love each other. " Would they have said this ?
By Farah Rahemtula
The recent attacks on The World Trade Center and The Pentagon have created sorrow, fear and even hatred! Sorrow for the innocent lives lost, fear that it will happen again or cause war, and hatred for those who have committed these terrible crimes. These are all the emotions that one is expected to feel at a time like this. However, there are many ignorant individuals who are choosing to feel hatred for a nation, a religion, and a community, the Muslim community, rather than for the criminals.
I am a Muslim; I pray to the same god as you, I just happen to call my god Allah. I grew up learning the same rules as you did; do unto others, as you would want them to do to you. So why am I and others like myself suddenly being labelled, criminals? Why is anyone of a Muslim background suddenly being targeted?
If both the American government and its people need a scapegoat, find one, but don’t risk innocent lives! While the American government creates propaganda stating that the US is the hero and Muslims are the enemy, real lives are being put at risk. While the American government plots to bomb whole countries, labeling their mission ‘Operation Enduring Freedom', their true intent is to kill, and killing the innocent is just part of the game! Just as over 6000 innocent people died on Sept 11 in the States, many more innocent lives will be destroyed if the US decides to take on this childish mentality. The mentality of ‘they did it first!”
If the government could just step back and think for a moment. What will war solve? The American government has found the need to create an aura of patriotism. Raise the banners, sing the national anthem, do all you can do to show that you support America. How about actually looking at why this happened in the first place. This was not simply an action; this was no doubt a reaction! If America hopes to resolve this problem then it does not need the military training for war, what it needs is peace makers.
In no way am I saying that what happened on Sept 11 was justified, however it is necessary to ensure that America’s future actions, whether it is war or peace, be justified. I am not speaking as a Muslim individual that wishes to shield my religion; I am simply speaking as a human, someone who wishes to prevent the death of more innocent lives! So the next time you feel hatred for a Muslim don’t think of them firstly as Muslim, think of them as being Human!