September Thoughts

span class=’highlight’>Mohammed Belal EL-MOGADDEDI

With the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Merciful

“September Thoughts”

There is no holy war.
There is no just war.
There is no honorable war.
There is no humanitarian war.
There is no war of the good.

War produces only victims; war produces no winners but only war profiteers; war causes suffering, death and destruction, only.

In this month of september the tenth anniversary of 9/11 is remembered, a date that has been turned by the mighty and powerful into a cataclysmic event in history. In fact, it is not a cliché to say that the attacks on the 11th of September 2001 have changed our world. On that day and since that day our world has become a more difficult place to live in. Peaceful coexistence and togetherness of people with different religions has become more complicated.

But even today, 10 years later one fact remains clear: Terrorism is inexcusable and will remain inhumane. It stays contrary to the commandments of the Creator of all beings!
Terrorism cannot be justified by any religion! Terrorism has no religion!
Terrorism is an abominable act perepetrated by people who betray their religion!

“Wars of aggression are the terrorism of the rich,” said Sir Peter Ustinov.

And if we are really serious about peace in this world, peace among people who consider a religion or a belief to be a central pillar for peaceful coexistence, then we have to commemorate the 7th October 2001 and the 20th March 2003 as well, both ominous, both disastrous, in fact both cataclysmic and both blocked out from the public`s memory. Intention?

Wars were started on these days, called war against terrorism – but war is terrorism.

The hardship, deprivation, suffering and personal losses that the people of Afghanistan and Iraq have to endure even today are not to be forgotten in these days of remembrance. Millions of human beings, whose names and faces we do not know have lost their lives.
Millions of existences were and are devastated.

There is no difference between the victim whom we rightly remember, and the nameless victim, to whom some dare refer to – in an act of inhumanity – as “collateral damage”. There is no victim more deserving to be remembered than other victims. There is no privilege to victimhood.
Life has no exclusive price-tag.
Life itself is precious, life itself is valuable.

Without justice and the rule of law there is no peace. Even the smallest form of injustice may carry the seed for new outbreaks of violent hatred.

The Creator calls in the Quran again and again upon the believers to practice justice, and in Surah Al-Maida, Verse 8, the following commandment is given by the Creator to humankind:
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear ALLAH. For ALLAH is well-acquainted with all that you do.

This essential appeal to practice and maintain justice, this basic instruction of the Creator is directed to all of us, if we want to pave the way to peaceful coexistence.

Let us therefore pray for peace and justice in our neighbourhoods, cities and countries, in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world where we, the children of Adam, live.

Let us remember – not only today, but every day – all those children of Adam who have been wronged, because we did not dare speak out loudly against injustice and falsehood.
May ALLAH have mercy with us.


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