Re­mem­ber­ing the Septem­ber 11 tragedy

Gulf News - - In Focus -

he United States is com­mem­o­rat­ing the Septem­ber 11 tragedy, the fo­cus of this is of­ten Is­lam and Mus­lims.

It is a field day for con­spir­acy the­o­rists to dis­cuss, who was be­hind the at­tacks.

When one tries to ex­plore the deep oceans of con­spir­a­cies one can eas­ily lose track, get trapped in the many lev­els of in­for­ma­tion and get crushed eas­ily, un­der ex­ces­sive pres­sure. One should in­deed be open minded and crit­i­cal when re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion. What has taken place on that day raises a lot of unan­swered ques­tions. There are peo­ple on so­cial me­dia from the Mus­lim com­mu­nity who would never come to terms about the ex­is­tence of ex­trem­ism in our midst. De­spite the facts they keep re­fus­ing to ac­cept the re­al­ity that there are sick peo­ple in our com­mu­nity too, like in ev­ery other group out there.

The ail­ment of ex­trem­ism is real. It has no bound­aries and can af­fect all hu­mans in­clud­ing those with­out re­li­gion. It has no colour or creed and no one is im­mune from los­ing bal­ance and adopt ex­trem­ism. It seems to be a com­mon phe­nom­e­non to avoid re­spon­si­bil­ity and blame oth­ers for one’s mishaps.

The best and ef­fec­tive way to move for­ward is to in­dulge in self anal­y­sis and see - where did we go wrong?

Even if hid­den forces were in­deed the main ar­chi­tects of the Septem­ber 11, to serve their agen­das, they could have eas­ily found fa­nat­ics and used them as a bait to catch the big fish. We can’t get any­thing out of dis­cussing who might have been be­hind the at­tacks. It is be­yond our scope. What we can do how­ever is to deal with those el­e­ments in our midst who go into ex­trem­ism. Evil and good­ness are al­ways in bat­tle against each other. Our duty is not to take mat­ters into our hands as fa­nat­ics do. It isn’t our task to judge who is evil and who isn’t. The ul­ti­mate judge is Al­lah.

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