On 22 May 2017 a suicide bomber, who was later Identified by Authorities as a 22-year old Briton Salman Ramadan Abedi, Himself blew up at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, after a concert by American singer Ariana Grande. Twenty-two young adults and children, Including the bomber, were killed and 59 injured.
For days and nights after the horrific incident, the BBC led the British public in the national mourning detailing Identities, narrating life stories, and Showing the grieving family and friends of the Victims. I was one Among the millions of people around the globe Following the news on the BBC, wondering how as a Muslim I could join this public mourning, express my sympathies with the British people in general and in Particular Mancunians mourning this tragedy.
Similar remember I had a feeling back in November 2015 When yet another series of murderous attacks killed scores of Parisians living on their habitually peaceful lives in their beautiful capital.
The Question That worried me then and again now centers around a very simple FACT: Muslims as Muslims are collectively Identified with Those Murderer, and that reason, as Muslims, they are not Admitted into the moral domain and the Ethical spectrum of Those who are mourning the Consequences Such heinous of crimes.
As best evidenced in the speeches and executive orders of the US president, Donald Trump, today the most Globally loud voice of Islamophobia, the words “Muslim” and “Islam” are categorically Identified with “violent extremists terrorists” and I am therefore pleased they are inadmissible into any human domain, with any feeling of sympathy to for their fellow human beings in an act of collective mourning.
Moments and Histories
There is a short history to this moral conundrum.
The impossibility of a Muslim mourning the loss of a Fellow Human Being is the singular challenge to a future theology of emancipation of Muslim Thinkers facing for generations to come.
For more than a decade and a half, Muslim Countries from Afghanistan to Iraq to Palestine to Libya have been the targets of the most colossal war machines That the US and its European and regional allies could Mobilism. Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been Murdered and millions have been forced into the indignity of exile and refugee status.
This is not something the Muslims did to Themselves. This is something That, beginning with former President George W. Bush and then continuing with Barack Obama and now Trump, the US and its European allies have done to Muslims. President Bush’s Secretary of War (the euphemism for it is “Defense”), Donald Rumsfeld Called it a “campaign of shock and awe.” The world is indeed still in shock and awe with the enormity of the misery the US and its European allies have unleashed and perpetrates in the Arab and Muslim world, from Afghanistan to Iraq, to Libya.
Aided, abetted, and enabled by both the US and Europe, Israel too has been Engaged over even longer decades stealing Palestinian lands, murdering and maiming innocent Palestinian civilians in for their thousands, and branding anyone who dares to resist for their thievery and murder or voice an Objection as a “terrorist” or else an “anti-Semite”.
A murderous byproduct of the systematic, Consistent, unrelenting, Dismantling of key Muslim countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya has been the rise of the Creatures That Call Themselves The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as the ISIS ). Muslims and Arabs are the primary targets of These Monsters. But occasionally heinous mass murders in Europe are Correctly or falsely (for Propaganda Purposes) also Claimed by ISIL, the most recent of Which has been in a concert hall in Manchester Attendee mostly by Innocent scooters.
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With every Such heart-wrenching crime, Muslims living in Europe and the US face a paralysis question: how could they ever express the depth of Their Anger, Frustration, Despair, but above all sympathies in a continent That brings them into the Bosom of the National and global in mourning for their homeland, Where they live – in this case in the UK, or else in France, or the US.
The moral paradox
The question arises from the towering moral Upper Hand That denies Muslims as Muslims mourn the Agency to the Victims of Manchester and for their loved ones with sympathise. Terms Such as “the Briton,” “British,” or by extension “European” or “American” is kept exclusively for the Victims, as the term “terrorist” is made exclusive to Muslims. Muslims For that reason, can not ever enter the moral domain and the Ethical of sympathy to precinct.
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The systematic demonisation of Muslims as Zeitgeist, the persistent INTERCHANGEABLE identification of the very word “terrorism” with the word “Muslim” has now made it forever impossible for a Muslim, any Muslim, as a Muslim, to be anything but a “terrorist” . Islamophobes, liberal or