Common Word, Common Lord

Common Word, Common Lord


“Never Let Your Hatred Move You…”

In the Name of the GOD, the Compassionate, the Merciful

It seems hard to believe that ten years – a full decade – have passed since that horrific day in September when the country endured a trauma unlike any she has ever suffered. I still remember the unimaginable scenes of terror, horror, dread, and destruction. I hoped and prayed that what I beheld on the television screen was a terrible dream, with the disgusting realization that it was no dream at all.

Reflecting over the past decade since 9/11, during which almost everything that has occurred had something to do – either directly or indirectly – with said attacks, there is one thing that comes into my mind time and again:

 

Never allow your hatred of a people lead you to commit injustice… (5:8)

This verse of the Qur’an, perhaps one of its most powerful, is wholly relevant to the events that transpired in the decade since 9/11.

Of course, our country had the right to bring those who attacked our country to justice. Of course, our country has every right to pursue those barbarians who seek to harm our people at every chance they get. But, that should not mean that we give ourselves the right, in the name of 9/11 and those who died on that day, to attack, and bomb, and invade at will all across the globe. It is not right or honorable or proper to lead to the deaths of tens of thousands and the displacement of  millions of equally innocent people in the name of self-defense.

We must “never let [our] hatred of [those vicious barbarians] lead [us] to commit injustice...”

Some of our people have shown us – meaning the American Muslim community – an ugly face. Some of our people, seeking “revenge” against the terror committed in the name of our faith by those who do not truly follow the faith, have attacked American Muslims, attacked their houses of worship, attacked women who wear the headscarf, and tried to make them feel unwelcome in their own country. They must remember to “never let their hatred [for the terrorists] lead them to commit injustice.”

These terrorists have nothing to do with us. We have nothing to do with these terrorists. They are mindless murderers, who twist our faith to try to justify their violence and murder. They are like all religious extremists: they will use their sacred texts to justify their actions. But, that does not mean that what they say is true. That does not mean that we are like them. We are not like them. Attacking us and smearing our faith does not fight the terrorists: it only emboldens them to continue their violence.

Please remember: “never let your hatred [of the terrorists] move you to commit injustice” and attack American Muslims. We are on your team and are part of your family as Americans. We are not the enemy: the terrorists are…and we are not those people.

On the same token, we must remember that, despite the actions of those ignorant people among us who seek to lump all Muslims into the same “terrorist” bag, the majority – the overwhelming majority – of our people are good people who are not like the ignorant among them. The majority – the overwhelming majority – treat their Muslim neighbors with kindness and respect, becoming of the spirit of America. Despite the hatred of those ignorant people, we American Muslims must “never let [the hatred of the ignorant ones] move [us] to commit injustice.”

We American Muslims must never let the hatred of the ignorant make us recoil in hatred and separation from the rest of our country and her people. Despite the actions of the few ignorant ones among us, it must never let us give up on America. America is beautiful, her Lord is Beautiful, and her people are beautiful, despite the ugliness of the ignorant.

On this day of prayer and remembrance, ten years after the horrific attacks on our country, we must all – every American of every stripe – pledge to reject the hatred of those who want to hate. We must pledge to work together, be together, and move forward as one people. It is the way the Lord wants us to be, and it is the way we can honor those who died on 9/11, ten years ago.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BERTHA

    I AM NO MUSLIM OR AMERICAN BY BIRTH, I AM A NATURALIZED AMERICAN AND AGREED WITH MANY OF THE MUSLIMS, JEWS AND CHRISTIANS BELIEFS- FAITH. TO BE HONEST BEFORE 9-11 I HAD NOT IDEA OF WHAT A MUSLIM WAS ABOUT, AND AFTER 9-11 I VIEWED THEM AS TERRORISTS AS THE MAJORITY OF MY FELLOW AMERICANS. 9-11-01 WAS HORRIFIC DAY AND EYE OPENER FOR ME, AS ANY AMERICAN I FELT SAFE RAISING MY CHILDREN IN THEIR BEAUTIFUL HOMELAND. SINCE THEN I HAVE LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT CULTURES, RELIGIONS AND WAYS OF LIVES. COMING FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY I FELT I OWNED THAT TO MY KIDS, MYSELF AND SPECIALLY TO MY BELOVED UNITED STATES. PLEASE ON THIS DAY OF SOLIDARITY OPEN YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS AND KNOW THAT NOT ALL BLONDS ARE STUPID, NOT ALL JEWS ARE GREEDY, NOT ALL SKINNY PEOPLE ARE BULIMIC, NOT ALL JAMAICANS SMOKED WEED, THAT LESBIANS DO NOT HATE MEN, THAT IRISH DO NOT HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM, THAT NOT ALL ITALIANS BELONG IN THE MAFIA…AND OF COURSE THAT NO ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORIST. LETS EMBRACE WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS THE BEAUTIFUL MELTING POT THAT WE ARE, STOP HEATING EACH OTHER AND GIVE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING ANOTHER CHANCE.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment wdmll

    An eye for an eye, yes it is found in the bible, but the vast majority of Christians and Jews don’t follow many of the Old Testament laws because they are barbaric and inhumane. But the Muslim world appears to hold on to callous and merciless teachings, that most of the modern world find appalling.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John Heckbert

    Terry – I think the point Hersham is making is that no one can control or prevent or make anyone do anything; bad or good, evil or redeeming. If we follow your question to a logical conclusion, we could ask why do the Christian churches allow people to kill others over petty issues? Clearly the churches don’t allow this, yet it happens by otherwise God fearing people. The ignorant and the hateful will do what the ignorant and the hateful do; we must demonstrate God’s forgiveness and mercy in the face of injustice, turn the other cheek as he asked, to love the unlovable, to forgive the unforgiveable, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Perhaps in demonstrating these virtues, driven by His compassion for His creation, we can prove we are worthy of His love. I don’t think, though, we can impose control over another to any one other than God – and he gave us free will. God bless.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary

    Thank you for writing this. My husband is Muslim and to be honest, I didn’t know much about Islam until I met him. I watch him pray every day and I have gone to mosque with him. He always answers any questions that I may have about the religion. The people that I have met at his mosque have always welcomed me with open arms. I wish that the media would show this side of Islam. The terrorists that we see on TV are not real Muslims. They are sick and twisted.
    I hope that my fellow Americans can learn to separate the two. Much love to the Muslim community.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terry Koehler

    I’m wondering if that was the Muslim belief, why, then, did they let hatred allow them to commit this injustice?

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