Ever since, time started getting classified as pre 9/11 and post 9/11 Muslims have been facing discrimination of various degrees. Islam and Muslims have been looked through a lens of suspicion and fear. Anyone wearing the white Islamic cap and with a beard is viewed as a terrorist. But do I blame the people. Nope. This reaction is very natural and bound to happen. If this status qou has to change, the change has to be brought to the cause and not the effect i.e. extremist Islam needs to be addressed.
If people who belong to Islam keep bombing us again and again and openly proclaimed that its a Islam vs everyone else war, then who are we supposed to see as our enemy? Wouldn’t all Muslims come under suspicion? I agree that its not right so, what should we do about it?
First of all, ‘we’ the people (which are from all religions) can’t and in fact shouldn’t do anything about radicalization of Islam. It is up to the Islamic community to decide their own destiny and in what direction they want their futures to be.
But the sad thing about Islamic community is that while the radicals have been shouting from rooftops about how they want Islam to be the religion of violence and intolerance, the moderates have just been silent spectators.
‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’
The Moderates have always maintained that Islam is a religion of peace with no space for violence, at the same time the extremists claim that Terrorism is the holiest action for Muslims. Who should we believe? What is the ‘real’ Islam?
It is time the whole picture gets clearer. It is time moderates stop crying over discrimination meted out to them. After all, it is only coz your not so peace loving cousins bombed all us, in the name of your peace loving religion and you stood there without saying anything about it. It is time all moderates take up the responsibility of clearing the mess called extremism and stop passing the buck by claiming victimization. Coz, Peace-loving Muslims are not the victims, they are the cause of the problem they let grow so huge. It is time.