I wish to join the march of humanity on every corner of this fragile earth against barbarism as a Muslim and a human.
‘Are we Muslims not human, and does the murder of one of us not constitute harm to the entire body of humanity?’ asks Dabashi [Reuters]
I am a Muslim. As a Muslim, I wish to pay my respect to those Parisians who lost their lives on that terrifying night on November 13. As a Muslim, I wish to express my condolences to all those who have lost a loved one during this diabolic attack in Paris. As a Muslim, I wish to express my solidarity with the French people suffering now the trauma of this murderous mayhem perpetrated on innocent people.
As a Muslim, I wish to denounce any and all acts of genocidal, homicidal, and suicidal violence, anywhere in the world; and in particular, I wish to denounce the criminal gangs gathered under the flag of « Islamic State » or any other similar group terrorising innocent people from India, Afghanistan and Pakistan to Iraq and Syria, from North Africa to Turkey, and from the Arab and Muslim world to Europe and the US.
I wish to ask, can a Muslim today say that she or he is a Muslim, and then say what I just said? Am I – and millions of other Muslims like me – allowed to express our sympathies, solidarities, and sorrows on this horrific occasion, and do so from the innermost depth of our humanities as Muslims?
Talk of values
In a speech expressing his solidarity and sympathy with the French, US President Barack Obama said, « This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share. »
Of course, the attack on the French is an attack on humanity, but is an attack on a Lebanese, an Afghan, a Yazidi, a Kurd, an Iraqi, a Somali, or a Palestinian any less an attack « on all of humanity and the universal values that we share »? What is it exactly that a North American and a French share that the rest of humanity is denied sharing?