Posted 24 May 2013 by Walaa Idris
Like the rest of the nation I was shocked and horrified by Wednesday’s un-Islamic killing. Not just by the act of killing an innocent off duty solider, but the savagery, butchery and hate by which it was carried out. And as if that wasn’t disturbing enough, the killer wanted to lecture the world on his views. He actually had a message for the rest of us!
In the age of social media and instance news, before the incident was confirmed the images of his blooded hands holding a blooded knife with one and a meat cleaver with the other were all over the globe.
As a Briton I felt ravaged and attacked and as a Muslim I felt let down and cheated.
Robbed by the misuse of my peaceful religion in this horrific and divisive crusade, because the Islam I know and grew with is serene, inviting, forgiving and inclusive. What happened on Wednesday was not in the name of Allah or Islamic. It was evil and the devil’s doing, it has nothing to do with Islam or the Koran.
However, as Muslims we have a responsibility to our country and our religion. We have a duty to vocally and openly condemn the barbaric and cowardly killing of Drummer Lee Rigby, but also have the responsibility it must never happen again.
Every mosque, community centre and local leader has to find a way to eradicate and stop this violence. Change the language of hate and feeling of disappear that pushes these young people into the arms of hate clerics and Islamic radicalism.
It is not the duty of the security services and the government alone, it is ours as well. It is the duty of every mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle and neighbour to denounce these acts, guide, love and support these young peoples and help them see their way.
Terrorism is like all other grim. It grows best in the dark and under the shadows of wickedness.
To eradicate it we must shin a light over it, not allow it to grow and flourish in our neighbourhoods and communities. Even if it means pushing it underground. It is better to be underground scared and doomed than in the open protected with freedom of speech and some liberal claptrap.
This evil must never be allowed to freely and openly grow amongst us.
The likes of Michael Adebolajo should never again feel free to kill and publicise their murder.