Should I be Scared?

I haven’t been on Xanga or Word press for several weeks. So much has happened in these past three weeks. First the Paris bombing. Then the California massacre.

When Paris was bombed a day after Beirut was bombed, I was shaken to my roots. All over the country, there was just one mantra being chanted. “Do away with the Muslims. Islam is a violent religion. Vandalize the mosques”. I, in my own way, wanted to reach out to our community and tell them that out of the 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, less than 0.1 % have bombed and killed people here in this country. There have been more deaths from white non Muslim people in this country  (Aurora CO, Sandy Hook, Killing of three Muslim Students in North Carolina by their neighbour, because he didn’t care for their religion or the fact he had issues with the parking spots, and of course the young man who killed nine people in a church earlier this year) than by Muslims. I am not defending the killers. Whoever they are. They are murderers, and they are extremists… mentally stable or otherwise.

I have got off on a different tangent. My fear after the Paris bombing made me decide that I should write a letter to the local newspaper, and if possible have a Forum about Islam and ask people to come and listen to us. The letter I wrote was very well received, and the Islamic Forum was a block buster. People were hungry to know about Islam, and I thought the best thing to do was to educate. Ignorance causes fear, and that leads to hatred. So on the 5th of December three of us from the Islamic Center spoke to the community. There was a lot of news paper and TV coverage, and the public was extremely receptive to what we had to say. We all spoke against ISIS, which is not an Islamic organization. A true Muslim will never kill an innocent person. If he did, it would be like he killed the entire mankind. No Muslim can kill a woman, a child, destroy plants and crops… all very specifically detailed in the Quran. There is nothing Islamic about ISIS. Those savages are rabid animals, and should never be called Muslims.

On the morning of our talk, I saw that our sign to the mosque, was missing. It was there for so many years, and suddenly, sometime between the Friday worship services and the morning of Saturday, somebody had removed the sign that said “Islamic Center”, with an arrow pointing to the driveway of the mosque.

This is getting too long. I have a lot more to say  about this, so I shall post the rest of the story in a day or two.

I hope you all are doing well and are very happy in the preparation of Christmas.

 

 

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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18 Responses to Should I be Scared?

  1. I admire your actions so much! If I were in your shoes, I don’t know if I would have the courage to be in public. The things the media focuses on are scary, so I tend to avoid any media, as much of it is inaccurate anyway. I don’t know if this is the right way to go about it. I am so happy your event was well received and that so many people were hungry for knowledge!!!! 🙂 I hope you are doing well as well!!!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. Your words give me courage. I just do not want any one, of any nationality, ethnicity, religious background to be ostracized and have them blamed for the mistakes of some idiots.

  2. slmret says:

    I think you are doing exactly the right things to educate the public about the Muslim religion and am so sorry that your sign disappeared. The mantra you mention in this post about doing away with Muslims is not being heard in this part of the country (mostly from politicians), but a stronger sentiment is that the terrorism is not part of the Muslim faith, and does not represent all Muslims; rather that the terrorists are radicalized individuals. Unfortunately the media seems to be feeding the fear rather than trying to ameliorate it, and San Bernardino still dominates the news here — how sad for those of us who want to know more fact and less of the emotional reactions! Thank you for your brave stance!

    • Zakiah says:

      San Bernardino crumpled my spirits. It seems like every time there is heinous crime, all Muslims hold their breath, hoping and praying that the person attacking is not a Muslim… and it seems that every time the media and the public become a little more tolerant, BAM, another incident takes place. We are going through a see-saw effect.
      It is the media that hones the fear and hatred in most cases. Why is it that the Colorado murder case at the Planned Parenthood offices, the massacre of the African American worshippers in the church got talked about for 24 to 36 hours and every thing got quiet. No body is calling them Christian terrorists and blaming all Christians! Where does this horrible prejudice stop, and how much longer do we have to put up with this nonsense?

  3. Good deeds will never go unrecognized. Despite all the hate out there, I still have faith that humans one day will rise above all of this hate, prejudice and anger and focus on helping each other. We’re all in this together. Keep writing.

    • Zakiah says:

      Fortunately or unfortunately, I won’t be around when that time comes Matt. There is too much anger and too much prejudicial hatred brewing in this country. Love you dear heart.

  4. beowulf222 says:

    I admire your actions and reaching out to the community. It takes more people like you!

  5. erikamsteele says:

    This was admirable and brave. I wish more people would reach out to each other in times like these instead of pointing fingers and looking for an easy way to lay blame. No one is safe from lunatics whose mission it is to put terror in the hearts of people.

  6. mrswrangler says:

    Sorry for the turmoil of the last couple weeks

  7. You have been in my thoughts and prayers, SweetZ.!
    None of us are safe in this violent world! With people of all religions and people of no religion doing hateful horrifying things to other people. 😦
    We can’t make people change…but we can educate and inform and be a good example…so keep being you, and keep sharing your heart! You are loved and appreciated! What you do in your “little corner of the world” can positively impact people everywhere! 🙂
    (((HUGS)))

    • Zakiah says:

      And that’s exactly what I am trying to do Carolyn. Educating my community, one letter at a time, one speech at a time. People of the world think that America is one of the most civilized nations. I beg to differ. The civilization of her people is limited to only a few people who are educated and can think for themselves. Many of the others are like cattle, who just follow the horn and go on a stampede. 25% of this community think all Muslims are violent! How do I educate them?
      So disappointing to see people like them around me.

      • Yes, so disappointing, so sad, and so scary to me. 😦 I’ve always seen people as sheep…and it’s not a compliment. 😦 Amazing to me how they follow blindly and do not think for themselves. 😦
        We will keep trying to bring about education and positive change…by our words, actions, and examples.
        (((HUGS)))

  8. I am glad you are trying to educate people.

    I think too many people listen to only what the news says and buy into scare tactics that the media does, which I feel is only meant to further divide people.

    Carolyn is right that we can’t change people, but we can inform and get the right information out there. And I think it is great you are doing just that.

  9. Zakiah says:

    Thank you dear Eden. I think this is the first time you have written such a long comment. I love it. Be well. ❤

  10. I admire that you are letting the public know the truth…who true Muslims are and aren’t. Information can give people what they need to make the changes within–their thought process, etc. We have to learn/decide/choose on our own…not just follow the media or crowds or whomever. Thank you for ‘stepping out and up” to make your voice heard. Love and hugs, my friend.

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