We are Humanity – and We Hope not Hate!!

1071784_hand_in_handAssalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Well well well.  After an eventful week showing the actions of the Israeli state upon the flotilla of aid to Gaza, what can I say that has not already been said?

So I thought, instead of pointing out the facts again, and re-iterate to the world that the the actions of the Israeli government were reprehensible, immoral, disgraceful and unlawful, I will try to write about the human qualities that people who commit these sorts of atrocities are devoid of.

You see human beings are amazing.  We are amazing because Allah has given us the ability to be compassionate, merciful, tolerant and forgiving.  These fundamental abilities help us get on with others around us, understanding our differences, respecting points of view and therefore, in general, lead a harmonious life on this Earth.

Now I try not to get too political on this blog (!!) but correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t there a devastating humanitarian situation right now in Gaza?  And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that humanitarian nightmare the creation of the Israeli government by imposing a blockade which breaches UN Resolution after Resolution?

So all those human qualities I mentioned earlier, it would seem that Israel do not seem to possess those human qualities – I wonder what that makes them….?

And before I am criticised for being anti-semitic, I would also say the same for those madmen who killed the 94 people in the mosque in Lahore, and also the brainwashed hooligans of the English Defence League who are currently on a summer-long campaign across England, spouting their venom and are undeniably inciting racial and religious hatred.

We have to show these people that this sort of behaviour will no longer be tolerated.  I mean, violence is bad enough, but when it comes down to the slaying of innocent peace activists or civilians who have committed no crime except being there, we as an international community have to draw the line and make clear our condemnation and make clear our disgust at such actions.

And what is more, if such actions are in breach of the rule of law, then steps must be taken that those guilty of breaking it are brought to justice, no matter who they are and what political connections they may have.

And to give an amazing example of what we can achieve when we work together for the greater good of humanity, all you have to do is take a look at the ‘Hope not Hate’ campaign that was ran in East London before this year’s elections to counter the evil of the BNP.

People from different backgrounds and different faiths all worked hand in hand, tirelessly until the last second to make sure that the BNP did not gain a foothold.  And they were duly rewarded with the BNP being trounced  and losing all their seats in the Council and the message loud and clear to the BNP to get out and stay out!!!

This is what we can do when we work together as to force of good to counter evil.

So yes, this is what I wanted to say in this post – that we are humans, not some sort of sub-species and because of our humanity we Hope, not Hate.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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