Muslims Disgraced: Intolerance Against Ahmadiyya
Recently, one of the e-mails to a list that I subscribe to, included a story of the brutal killing
of a couple of members of the Ahmediyyah sect, at the hands of fanatical Muslim villagers in Indonesia. It was a disgusting story of brutality and intolerance and even more disgusting was the reaction by those in authority whose jobs it is, to maintain peace and justice in the land.
Rather than seek to punish the perpetrators, the politicians and the judges decided to not antagonize the fanatics and showed extraordinary leniency towards the worst of the perpetrators, a teenager who smashed the skull of one of the victims, with a rock.
This teen was released within months and was greeted as a hero by his villagers…and in silence by the national leadership. It forced me to wonder what example had been set in that area, for the growing children and what example will be seen of Muslims, by the world that does not know the truth of Islam…as obviously, neither did these villagers and perpetrators.
Is the first resort to violence coming from generations of autocratic rule where any dissent is met by violence, where the thugs at the top, have the power to kill anyone with impunity and where Justice has no meaning?
Surely that must be the foundation upon which ignorance provides fertile grounds for fanatics to be raised?
The more I think about these things, the more questions are raised in my mind.
Why do some Muslims feel that the answer to anything that they feel, “threatens Islam”, must be death?
If someone is committing a sin such as fornication…Death.
If someone converts out of Islam…Death.
If someone is Sufi…Death.
If someone is Shia…Death.
If someone is Ahmedi…Death.
If someone is not of one particular, “God-chosen” sect…Death.
If someone says something disparaging about Islam or the prophet Mohammed…Death.
What is so fantastically sacred about the brutal killing of someone, that people want to rush to execute him or, to praise the killer?
The Quran instructs us to speak to those who are led astray or, who are enemies of Islam…which is different from someone who converts away from Islam or is of a different sect. The Quran says if they do not listen, then your job is done God alone, is the final judge.’
The Quran also says if someone commits a crime, then s-he should be punished AFTER due process has been served with witnesses and even then, the Quran does not prescribe death as the punishment for sins of the flesh or speech.
If then they run away, We have not sent thee as a guard over them. Thy duty is but to convey (the Message). (42:48)
…So if they hold aloof from you and wage not war against you and offer you peace, Allah alloweth you no way against them (4:90)
If it had been the will of your Lord that all the people of the world should be believers, all the people of the earth would have believed! Would you then compel mankind against their will to believe? (10:99)
But no, there are some Muslims, thankfully very few, who seem to think God has sent them down here to represent Him and for them to act as they believe God should act if He only knew what they know.
Yes, this may sound like sacrilege, but is it not sacrilege to kill people in the name of Islam?
As far away as Indonesia, through India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and as close as right here, there are fanatical Muslims whose understanding of Islam is completed in one word…Death.
These people will do anyone in, if they feel s-he is among “The Kuffar” where “The Kuffar” include Jews, Christians, and all Muslims who do not follow the knife-edge definition of Islam…by these people.
These fanatics believe they want to help Islam and spread it far, but the fact is that no religion has EVER been successfully spread by fear. Even the African slaves who were brought to the US, were initially converted by force, but they remained Christian, not as much because they feared not being Christian, but they found refuge and solace in Christianity; it was the one faith that they were told, they could find Heaven…peace… in the afterlife; the final and only escape for the slaves.
Our fanatics can only kill in order to protect and promote Islam, they fail to step away and see how much damage they are doing to Islam, in the eyes of the non-Muslims; they fail to see that they are actually chasing Muslims into the arms of converters because those who wish to convert Muslims offer love while the fanatics offer…Death.
Of course there are fanatics in other faiths, no faith is safe from fanatics and of course the fanatics among Jews, Christians Hindus, Buddhists and others are at least as bloody as Muslim fanatics, but should we define acceptability of evil as a comparison of how evil the others are?
How shameful that some Muslims should jump in the gutter with the worst examples of non-Muslims!
I do not wish to get into a conversation that distracts from the evil of our violent fanatics by seeking to define who is and who is not a Muslim in whose eyes. I suggest that the definition of a Muslim is in the eyes of God and HE alone, will determine who to punish and who to forgive. Sadly, I know far too many devout folk who follow the routine of religion, but have no faith in their hearts. Instead of condemning these people, we choose to condemn those who do good work, who hurt nobody or, whose only crime is an inappropriate comment here or there.
The true, REAL danger, is not from the people we believe are “The Kuffar”, the real danger is not even from the fanatics, the REAL danger is from the MANY, the majority of Muslims who are basically, people of good nature but are swayed into silence by those who shout louder and wield weapons.
Nobody seems to grasp that the single word of opposition at the first sign of unreasonable action is often enough to stop that act; that it takes a lot more to stop the same act when more fanatics have been recruited into a group action; that it becomes almost impossible by the time it becomes a national act of heroism, to be a fanatic.
This is as true in Indonesia and Pakistan, as it is in Serbia and the US, as it is in India and Israel; no faith or nation is immune from such spread of fanaticism although the cloak may differ.
The bottom-line is that we need to take stands against such irrational and cruel people and their acts…ALL of us need to do so.
Otherwise we, each of us, stand responsible for the degeneration of our faith and THAT will not please God.