"ISIS seems to be gaining momentum at the game they have played – that is, to target the vulnerable and the weak minded Muslims and non-Muslims both."
It is quite apparent that the authentic and straightforward messages of the Holy Quran are misinterpreted by some for their ulterior motives. Is it the question of bread and butter for certain backyard clerics? Is it about getting a kick out of this whole phenomenon? Are these youngsters so disconnected with their families? Whatever the case, the religion of Islam should not be judged by the actions of a handful of people. Majority of Muslims are compassionate and just towards other people. The Quran says killing one innocent person is like killing the entire mankind (5:32). This reminds me of a proverb that knowledge without wisdom is like a load of books on the back of an ass.
A French Muslim or an Australian Muslim or a Muslim residing in any part of the world has full responsibility towards their country of residence. The Holy Prophet has stated: “Love of a country (of residence) is part of faith”. Not only the Muslim of France have the responsibility to support their nation in the fight against terrorism, they need to reach out to the victims and their relatives. It is the responsibility of every Muslim to report and guide any man or woman who shows signs of extremism. It is high time the imams are very clear with the Islamic dogma. After Charlie Hebdo, the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, said: “The police should be given more powers. They should have some arms in their hands. What can policemen do with a stick whereas the opponent is carrying a semi-automatic rifle. The life of your officer is at stake. To protect themselves, they should have something.” Moving on to the focus on the peaceful work of the Muslim community, he added: "The sermons in all the Mosques should be monitored. If anything is being done by the government just to establish law and order, then it's not spying.”
About Mirza Sharif
Mirza Sharif serves as National Spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia - among the oldest Muslim organizations in Australia that dates back to the days of the first Camelliers. Mirza addresses issues facing Islam and the Muslim world through his writings and various media.
Mirza also inspires community members and the broader community to engage in projects such as Australia Day celebrations (inside the mosque), peace symposiums, organised parliamentarian visits, harmony walks, interfaith dialogues and charity events. Mirza also speaks about Islam at conferences, universities, churches and other public events.