A few days ago, I had this sudden flashback where I remembered a discussion I had with one of my former classmates. Let’s call her Carrie. It was almost a year ago and I completely forgot about it.
This ‘friend’ of mine was talking about how one of her ‘Muslim’ classmate who used to wear abaya and hijab suddenly ‘left’ these and started wearing ultra tight clothing. I think she expected me to be against her or something but all I could think and say was ‘perhaps her parents or someone forced her to cover or something.’ Then she said something along the lines of how her clothes didn’t had to be that tight. The irony is that, let’s just say, she is in no position to judge her. I am not judging her either, but why someone dresses the way they do should be nobody’s concern. (Checkout the post: to the women that judge other women by appearance)
From this, we somehow got talking about ISIS and I was explaining to her why ISIS doesn’t follow the first rule of Islam. (Checkout the post: ‘The British Jihadists’) At some point, she said something that roughly meant ‘at least you don’t deny ISIS being related to Muslims or Islam unlike some Muslims who doesn’t even ‘claim responsibility’ for ISIS.’ She didn’t exactly say these exact words but she definitely meant it. She said it in such a positive way that me being the naïve nancy that I am, I understood her in a completely different way.
My post is in no way meant to imply that she is a bad person. I don’t really know her, so I have no idea what sort of person she is. However, false knowledge is worse than ignorance so let’s get educated.
Suppose you met someone online and they claimed to be a doctor or maybe a millionaire. Would you believe them without any evidence? Chances are you wouldn’t. What if they posted fake pictures? What about then? My point is, just because someone claims to be something doesn’t necessarily mean they are speaking the truth. It’s not rocket science.
I refuse to claim responsibility or apologise for the acts of extremists who doesn’t even follow Islam. I did not ask them to create chaos, neither do I support them. If I had the means to stop them, I would. Every single act of oppression is a problem for the entire human race, it is not restricted to a certain group of people. Different scholars are trying to reach out to these ‘Muslims.’ They are raising awareness about extremism.
One of the things certain people doesn’t understand is: if Islam really meant oppressing people, there wouldn’t be so many people believing in it. Neither would there be so many peaceful people minding their own damn business. I AM COMPLETELY AWARE OF THE FACT THAT I AM ALLOWED TO CHANGE/QUESTION MY BELIEFS. So are rest of the Muslim people out there or atheists or theists or anybody! Besides, Islam teaches us to gain knowledge and think independently.
So no Carrie, Islam is not related to ISIS, neither are true Muslims. Why should I take responsibility for something I do not support nor believe in? Tell me why it is my fault when I refuse to believe in anything that teaches me to murder another human being?
The crimes of rich countries are easily overlooked whereas crimes committed by ‘Muslims’ or ‘coloured people’ are represented in such a way that the entire race or religion becomes guilty. Before you call me out as being racist to white people, tell me when anybody blamed the entire race of white people for any crime in the past or present done by one white person or a group of white people?
So don’t you dare blame me when you refuse to listen to the truth because your judgement is too clouded by prejudice.