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Human First

Author: Ali Sina
Date: May 4, 2002

I received 3 emails just today from Muslims and their supporters with pictures of Palestinians being victimized by the Israeli soldiers. My answer to all of them and all those who want to send more pictures is this:

You don't have to convince me of the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. This government is a terrorist government. But does that make Islam a true religion?

The problem is that Quran advocates violence and violence feeds more violence. The Palestinians are reaping what they wrought. Their human bombers kept blasting innocent people in, pizzerias, markets, restaurants, busses and they celebrated calling those terrorists "martyrs". You and all other Muslims justified these barbaric acts as "acts of desperation of a victimized people". Now the Palestinians who jubilantly cheered the death of the Jews are dying by hundreds and now they portray themselves as victims. Why not celebrate now? Don't you believe in martyrdom anymore? Or is it that martyrdom is not valid until you kill innocent people?

The Muslims in India burned a train full of Hindus. They did it with utter malice motivated by their religious hate. They did not calculate or care about the consequence. The consequence was that Hindus retaliated and murdered innocent Muslims including children and women ten times more.

Why Muslims do not see evil in all the atrocities perpetrated by their fellow religionists and cry foul only when their victims retaliate?

Retaliation is bad but it is uncontrollable. When people lose their loved ones, they lose their rational thinking and act with their animal instincts. I am a man of peace. I do not let any thought other than love occupy my mind. But if someone deliberately and out of malice murders my loved ones, would I still remain calm and cool headed? I do not want to know the answer to this. Who knows? May be I will become a beast too. May be I will seek blood too. Retaliation is evil, but it is a genuine animal instinct present in all of us.

My friend, you and others keep sending me heart-wrenching pictures portraying Muslims as victims. But we Muslims are primarily victims of our own violent mindset. We are incapable of living peacefully with other people. We are incapable of living peacefully even with our own selves. The recent Sunni/Shiite massacres in Pakistan are proof that as long as people adhere to Islam, peace will be only a chimera.

As long as you show the Muslim victims to justify more acts of violence against the non-Muslims, this status quo will not change. More people will die from both sides and more victims will be added to the statistics.

Time has come to search for a solution, to find where we went wrong, to look for the cause of these wars. The cause of all these wars is in the hatred that we harbor against each other. As long as we erect tall walls of distrust around ourselves and sort humanity into Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Kafirs, Believers, unbelievers, Blacks, Whites, etc, the distrust will linger and these wars will not end. Why don't we see each other as humans first and then anything else? We have fought wars with more wars; combated hate with more hate, confronted violence with more violence and this is the result. Soon if our race is not wiped out it will be decimated unless we change our ways. Now we have the means to destroy ourselves and the will is there too. Why not give peace a chance?

But peace will not come by "subduing" our enemies and forcing them to surrender, believe in our deity or pay Jizya to us as is prescribed in Quran 9:29. Peace will come only when we abandon doctrines that promote hate. Peace will come only when we do not call others najis (impure), Kafir (disbeliever) or enemy of God. Peace is the fruit of equality and social justice. A religion that does not recognize the rights of others to practice their own faiths and worship their own gods is a religion that promotes injustice. We will not experience peace with our lips eulogizing it while our hearts are filled with hate.

Why Muslims all over the world can see only the rights of the Muslims when they are violated and are deafeningly silent when their Muslim brothers violate the rights of others? Why people from Bangladesh or Iran care only about Palestinian victims and not the victims of Palestinians whose body parts are blown to the sky with bombs? Why this pack mentality? Why can't we see each other as humans first and condemn the evil wherever it comes?

You speak of the Palestinian rights to defend their land. But, what about the rights of the Jews!? Jews are hated in all Islamic countries, as ordained in Quran and their rights are systematically abused. Shouldn't they have a land to call their own? Should they continue to live, (or rather die) seeking the mercy of brutal doctrines such as Nazism and Islam? Why don't you speak of the rights of the Jews? Or is it that they have no rights because they are zimmis and hated by your Allah?

Why when Baha'is are persecuted no Muslim complains? Why they can be jailed, tortured to recant, their properties confiscated and executed while Muslims say nothing? Why Hindus can be murdered and wiped out from Pakistan and Bangladesh and no Islamic apologist would condemn these barbarities? Why is it that you only write to justify the crimes of Muslims and never protest?

This world is in turmoil. It is anguishing in pain. We are all victims of our false beliefs. Let us abandon those beliefs that make us hate each other. We Muslims are the sinners because we have embraced a doctrine of hate. All religions are false but no other religion cultivates this much hate in its followers as Islam does. All religions promote disunity but none is as explicit in fomenting hate as Islam. Let us empty our minds of these spurious beliefs. Let us cleans our hearts of these hatemongering doctrines. Let us embrace each other as brothers and sisters in humanity. Let us be Human first

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