An open letter to Muslims [Archives:2005/832/Opinion]

April 11 2005

By S.A.Rehman
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Being Muslims, many of our brothers and sisters are not working for peace. They are misguided, mistaken and spreading the virus of hatred and revenge through misinformation and false accusations, which is resulting in death and miseries for number of innocent people living around the world at the hands of merciless killer Muslims and also bringing bad name to Mohammed (PBUH) who never killed anyone in his life time.

Instead of teaching about good and evil, certain Radical Muslim Clerics are only “trading in religion”. They teach us about accusing, abusing and killing the non-Muslims. They try to hypnotize us to hate and kill the non-Muslims and brethren of other sects or be killed and without using any common sense, we readily believe in whatever is being said by these hate mongers. Actually, they are “agents of Satan” who is paying them heavily and in return they are cutting at the very roots of the Ummah. Instead of mourning, most of the Muslims are rejoicing at the brutal killings of the non-combatant innocent civilians and the murderers have become our great heroes.

Before it is too late and the curse of God falls upon us, we should use common sense, find out the truth and wakeup to save Muslims from becoming the most hated, isolated, discredited and suspicious people in the world. We must start working for promoting sectarian harmony and religious tolerance in society and should prove to the world through our deeds that Islam is not a religion of intolerance and Mohammed (PBUH) teaches love and peace and not gangsterism, terrorism, extremism, sectarianism, cruelty, inhumanity and hatred and killing of innocent civilians.

Islam is a religion of peace. Islam teaches respect and love for all, even the animals. But many narrow-minded Muslims have so far failed to learn anything good from the teachings of Mohammed (PBUH) who preaches love for the peoples of all religions. We are far away from the basic principle of Islam i.e. “enjoining the people to do good and forbidding them from doing evil” and thus, possess no quality of the civilized society. Unfortunately, many of us show no tolerance towards others and believe that to be a good Muslim one must hate non-Muslims.

The killing of others in the name of religion is a sin. Can a father ever teach his children to be the permanent Enemies of each other?

My prayer for peace:

Merciful God, please give to peoples of the world, the required wisdom and determination, to Forgive and Forget the bitterness of the past and learn to live in peace like brothers and sisters, by ending the divisions and hatreds created in us by our past and present elders. (Amen)

The time has come for us to stop readily believing in whatever is being said, read and written by the Hate Mongers. We should use our own common sense and only believe which is logical, convincing and in the best interest of the humanity.