ISLAM AND TERRORISM. QUOTES OF PEACE THAT RESTORE MY FAITH IN HUMANITY

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ISLAM AND TERRORISM - QUOTES OF PEACE THAT RESTORE MY FAITH IN HUMANITY | by Aleda Boyd

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

With recent attacks in Paris, and Beirut along with the existing ones in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and others, I had to limit my time on Facebook for a while because I couldn’t bear seeing all the blame and hate messages towards Muslims and Islam. However, the saddest thing of all is how the mainstream media add fuel to the fire by showing only half of the truth, if not lies, to the masses.

TERRORISM AND ISLAM

Why are the irresponsible acts of some lunatics, who claim to be Muslims but (mis)quote and (mis)use certain parts of the Quran to fit their twisted ideologies and beliefs, the responsibility of the other 1.8 billion Muslims around the world? Even I don’t dare to simply quote any verse without verification by any Islamic scholar or a trustworthy source.

Has it ever occurred to you that how come all these 1.8 billion Muslims don’t go on a killing rampage on non-Muslims if we read the same Quran every day? (Note: there is no such term as moderate Muslims or radical Muslims. Those who practice the true Islam are simply called Muslims, while the ones who don’t are not).

It’s like, you accidentally eat a rotten fruit and you blame the whole tree.

Or, someone threw a stone at you and you blame the stone.

What’s so pathetic is that Muslims have to come out with different hash tags on the social media just to prove a point that terrorism and causing hurt to innocent civilians are never parts of the teachings in Islam.

There is even a quote saying that, “Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims.”

Are you really sure it’s true?

Is terrorism really a Muslim monopoly?




WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT HUMANITY?

As an Empath, I can’t help but become easily affected by my surroundings. I feel sad and angry, at the same time, looking at the loss of humanity.

Yes, I know. Worrying about what other people think and do, which is something that I have no control of, is NOT the basis of my message. ‘Where attention goes, energy flows’… I get it. That is the last thing I should be doing, especially when I have been really committed to be on the path towards healing and inner peace for the last few days.

I wish I could just be selfish and just go about my life, realizing how important to re-focus on my personal goals. Somehow, I can’t do that. I felt obliged to do something about it. The masculine side of me doesn’t allow me to sit still until I know that I have done my part.

Yes, my main message throughout this blog is all about relationships, career and life. Nothing to do with religions or politics. However, I choose to write this piece simply because, as a feminine woman, I operate from love. And too much hatred in this world hurts the fragile part in me exceedingly.

I am a shy person, who hardly leaves her room or hardly speaks a word in a group of people, except with the ones she is comfortable with. The Introvert in me may have a dislike to be in a company of people for too long but I can’t stop myself from doing what I can for the benefit of humanity. I know that I can do so through the gift of words that God has given me. These words are only meant for those who seek love and healing.

I felt the need to spread the words of love to those who live in hatred. Why? Because there are so many Muslims (I understand where they are coming from) out there responding hate messages towards them with the same hate messages. I’m not going to be like that. What they miss to understand is that:

“Non-violence means not only avoiding external violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

"May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds." - Marianne Williamson

WHY DO WE HATE EACH OTHER?

Why do some people hate each other? One of the reasons is that they are too obsessed on the subject of right vs. wrong. Therefore, what they do is that they try to impose their beliefs on others. On certain occasions, their ‘truth’ is so overwhelming that they have to hurt others who live life differently than they do.

People who hate others due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, political belief etc. are the ones who operate from the egoistic mind. They have this sense of ‘separation’ with others who are different from them and see these people as ‘enemies’. Hatred and contempt are how their egos survive and thrive. Learn more about the ego from Eckhart Tolle.

When I started my path of self-discovery, I made quite a handful of friends, who are Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and even Jewish. Yes, we may have different beliefs but the ones that I am connected with are the ones who focus on self-improvement and awareness. They understand the fact that only love can cure all the hatred in the world.

What benefits do I get for hurting or even hating them? No religion teaches us to hate one another. From an authentic hadith:

A funeral procession once passed in front of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and he stood up out of respect. When he was told that the person in the coffin was Jewish and not a Muslim, he said, “Was it not a living (soul)?” (Sahih Al Bukhari)

HUMANITY IS NOT DEAD. THERE IS STILL HOPE

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

If you have watched the video above by Dr. Zakir Naik, one of the essences is that terrorism is not a Muslim monopoly, nor it is of other religions. Terrorism is the monopoly of the POLITICIANS.

Therefore, regardless of the religions of those who commit terrorism, it is never a war among faiths/beliefs but mischief created by certain people for their personal agenda.

Call me naïve or idealistic, but love and non-violence is the only way. I love to quote Gandhi, because he is also an Introvert and an INFJ, just like me:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean becomes dirty.” – Gandhi

“Peace between countries must rest on a solid foundation of love between individuals” – Gandhi

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” - Gandhi

“Where there is love, there is life.” - Gandhi

I know that some of you will be asking, “Why should I love those who kill and hurt others?”

I would reply with two questions for you, “Do you have better options?” and, “Do you want to respond with more violence that will kill more innocent people?”

To love them simply means that we take the necessary actions to solve any issues, from a place of love, not hatred. Don’t take it literally.

HOW TO ACHIEVE WORLD PEACE

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” – Marianne Williamson

“Without changing one's self, without peace in one's self, world peace is not possible." - Dalai Lama

From these quotes, we can imply that it takes only one person to change the world. We can never control other people or a situation, but we can control how we react towards them. We can choose to accept, walk away or change a situation. All else, including to spend a lifetime in anger and hatred, is madness.

I know that it’s not easy to feel compassion towards people who have none. However, it is my wish that no tragedy will make you lose hope towards love and peace. Everything must happen for a reason. Only God knows that, sometimes, things happen to make us more united as mankind. 

May love cures all.

If you believe in what I believe, please help me share this message. It all starts with us, to make a tremendous impact to the world. Again, I will share more quotes by Gandhi:

Be the change that you want to see in the world.”- Gandhi

In a gentle way, we can shake the world.”- Gandhi

Before I sign off, I will leave you with this amazing song by my all-time favourite band, Incubus, called Warmth. Not everyone here is that f****d up and cold.




Hi, I'm Aleda, a Relationship Coach. I work with highly-sensitive, empathic women, showing them how to be more high value and feminine in their relationships. 

This allows them to feel adored and cherished by literally doing nothing, and to sustain their men's attraction in the long run despite challenges or conflicts, so they could experience meaningful, fulfilling relationships while maintaining their strong sense of individuality. 

Because physical beauty may initially attract a man's attention, but it's your quiet energy that keeps him. Start HERE.

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