A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
It was September 11, 2001 when I first came across the word ‘terrorism’ or ‘terrorists’ and the word made its way into my mind’s dictionary. 9 years have gone and now terrorism is such a big problem that even if you ask a 6-year-old about it he/she will probably know the meaning. And according to me it’s undoubtedly the biggest threat to the mankind right now.
“Terrorists have no religion” This is one phrase which has been used for infinite number of times now and has actually become a clichéd. But still, I absolutely believe in it and I hope that there will be a day when people will stop weighing Terrorism and Religion on the same balance!
I am 22 and though I am not an expert in religious studies and through this post I am not discussing what religion teaches or orders because as far as my knowledge goes I think no religion in this world believes in violence. And though I might sound dramatic when I say this but essentially we all are humans at the end of the day and what should matter is just humanity! Now, as far as I remember, this inter mixing of religion with terrorism started off from the west and one religion that came under scanner was ISLAM and innocent Muslims became the victims of someone else’s deeds.
I haven’t read the Quran and I certainly don’t know much about Islam but still I am 100% sure that what is said about Islam and interpreted about it is absolutely untrue. And I was shocked to know that how many of my friends (whom I considered uber cool & smart) hated Muslims. It’s certainly not about being ‘narrow minded’ or ‘broad minded’ because you have all sorts of people from all walks of life having a set notion towards Islam that it’s bad.
And now with the recent developments in the Mecca Masjid & Ajmer Blast case we have a new term coined by the police ‘HINDU TERROR’! And let me be honest here that though I am advocating the cause that Terrorists have no religion but I did feel bad, in fact really bad when I heard it. I could feel what a normal and average Muslim would have been going through all these years when people made the claims that “All Terrorists are Muslims”!
But this is just one side of the coin because merely by saying that terrorists have no religion things don’t get that simple. Because the situation is not always hunky dory. The fact is if you catch a Ajmal Kasab or Afzal Guru they remain a Muslim. Similarly if Sadhvi Pragya or Abhinav Barat come under scanner they remain a Hindu. But the larger question here is that are all Muslims or all Hindus terrorists? Or Is it right to link religion to terrorism? These questions need some serious answers.
Howsoever good we might be and howsoever mature we might act but the fact is you can’t take the name away from a terrorist. And I beg to differ with Shakespeare here when he said “What lies in a name”! When it comes to terrorism much lies in the name. Fine, religion doesn’t teach all this but at the end I can bet that if a certain X,Y or Z is termed a terrorist people notice the religion and it is something which I believe will never change!
The only thing we need to understand is that few people who do all these heinous crimes do not represent their religious community at all. And it’s unfortunate when people start judging a religion and its followers on this. This attitude and this thinking need to change! But at the same time what I know is that religion cannot be taken out of terrorism. What originated as a concept from the West is now accepted everywhere. Need of the hour is that we should know where to draw a line!!
As I end this post I do hope that religion and terrorism are not seen in the same light anymore but let me end it on a pragmatic thought which says that terrorism will always haunt religion because now our minds work on this and I am sorry to say but I don’t see the things improving in near future. Muslims live with it and Hindus will now start living with it!! Don’t know if any other religion is on target!
Read these beautiful lines while I was searching the net so I leave you all with it: