Hatred takes people away from each other and closer to self-destruction
And every act of terror the world has ever faced has incepted hatred, has split people and has done worse for world peace. The 9/11 was probably the strongest such inception of hatred the world has ever seen. Everyone knows 9/11 was not just hundreds of instant deaths or the felling of an architecturally brilliant structure. The so called 'feat' of those terrorists was not in making a complete joke of the defense of the strongest country in the world either, but was in making a joke of every attempt made thereafter towards achieving world peace and cultural unity.
The social impact this event had, is something the world would keep witnessing at various levels for don’t know how many decades to come. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind this act has become the poster boy of terror throughout the globe. Whether he is alive or dead or whatever is no more important, what is important is what he has given birth to- hatred; an immortal bitch.
We do not need statistics to tell you that most terrorist activities in the world are done by Islamic groups, their motivation being, sadly, the holy book, the Quran. Still, most people are highly mistaken to treat Islam and terrorism synonymously. Quran is a book which the Muslims believed was a message by God himself to the Prophet through the messenger Gabrielle. Muslims define the Quran as the “verbal book for divine guidance and direction for mankind” Certainly, terrorism is not the direction for mankind and this straight away tells you, Quran is NOT the handbook for terrorism.
Quran is written in a unique poetic style, speaking mostly about codes of conduct for Muslims and historical events of sacrifice to explain the same with greater impact. Needless to say, anything that is poetic is open to interpretations. Muslim scholars say that the interpretation of the Quran is done at two major levels- the tafsir and the ta’wil. The tafsir is the literal and direct explanation of the verses whereas the ta’wil is the deeper exploration and elaboration of the inner meanings of the verses.
Verses are vague, that’s the way it always is. Because, any verse is open to its interpretations, it is also open to misinterpretations. And here lies the catch. While the positive interpretations speak of some really beautiful things about a sound and honest way of life, wrong and negative and destructive interpretations motivate terrorists into deeds like the 9/11. One thing the Muslim terrorists know is that the words in the Quran are the ultimate truth- now if someone misreads and manipulates the words in it; the listener’s idea of the ultimate truth becomes something entirely horrifying.
This was very well addressed in the mosque scene of My Name Is Khan and one of the reasons why we appreciate the film to a great extent.
The pastor in Florida does not probably know that the Quran is not the reason for terrorism in the world. It is the “misinterpretation of the Quran” that is. Burning a few copies of the Quran would not do any good to the people who have died and their families who are suffering as a result of 9/11 or any other terrorist attack for that matter. But it certainly would fire up and insult 23% of the world population which follows Islam; the second largest and probably the fastest growing religion too. And why only Muslims? We believe any person who dreams of world peace and is even remotely secular and sane would be hurt by such an action.
Barrack Obama, David Petraeus (US commander in Afghanistan) and the FBI projecting the US-centric implications of the act does not concern us. They are all afraid that as a result of this act, their men would die in Afghanistan and Iraq, their country would become the target again to fired up terrorists, Al Qaeda would garner more memberships firing young hearts and brainwashing them into terrorism with this incident…We say, whether or not Mr. Pastor burns those Quran copies, the damage is done…and the damage is not only limited to these American concerns…it’s a world issue.
The real implications of this incident (whether or not they actually burn the holy book) are going to be really bitter. World peace and humanity would burn, not just the Quran. The world has now officially seen the so called educated and respected members of an esteemed and glorified institution called a church, stoop down to such low levels. Not only is this a defeat of Christianity and American values, even the thought of this is a defeat of secularism and humanity. Words like secularism, peace, love, compassion and tolerance are words used heavily in Christianity and one of its own centers (the Florida church) has killed not only the sentiments of Islam and that of humanity, but also the principles of Christianity itself.
Burning American flags or burning the Quran is no solution or no revenge to heinous acts of terror like the 9/11, but loving everyone in spite of such incidents and not mixing religion with terrorism is not only the ultimate solution but also the defeat of the purpose of terrorism…
My Name is Khan may have its flaws and filmy exaggerations, but undeniably has some brilliant messages. Rizwan Khan's autistic condition is relevant because it shows a story through unbiased eyes. The message that love can "repair almost anything" and that terrorism is religion-independent makes it so touching and relevant. Rizwan's mother teaching him that 'good' and 'bad' is all that separates us humans and nothing else is yet another masterstroke in telling us how to tackle the social implications of terrorism. But the biggest message is that how a normal human being can bring about such a huge difference in the society by just spreading the message of love.
The onus is upon us, only we; the residents of the world can save our own selves. What we said in this article may not be something new and certainly not something you do not know. We hope you don’t just agree with it but also act accordingly... Think about it, do your bit in bringing about a change.Terrorism would win if we hate, and would lose if we love. It is that simple.
Peace will always prevail.