Dear Senator Hanson, After a terrorist attack In London, was happened, you invited Australian people for #Pray4MuslimBan in a video and in your twitter account. You said “That is how you solve the problem, put a ban on it and then let’s deal with the issues here,” (SBS.com). It seems you have judged Islam based on actions of few terrorists in recent attacks in London and Sweden.
Dear Senator Hanson, there were many terrorist attacks done by terrorist groups and claiming they were doing in for Christian. Cited from Wikipedia, in America “there were Anti-abortion extremists who did violent things to people or place that provide abortion service, such as such as those committed by Eric Rudolph (1996–98), and murders or attempted murders of physicians and clinic staff, as committed by James Kopp (1998), Paul Jennings Hill (1994), Scott Roeder (2009), Michael F. Griffin (1993), and Peter James Knight (2001).” Al-Khattar (2003) in his book “Religion and terrorism: an interfaith perspective” recognized this anti-abortion extremist as a form of a Christian terrorist. Moreover, ex-President Bush Jr, a Christian, claimed that he was told by God to invade Afghanistan and Iraq (theguardian.com). Next, After the American Civil War ended, there was a Christian protestant terrorist group named Ku Klux Klan (KKK). They tortured (killing, beating, or rape) the people of African Americans, Jews, Catholics, and other social or ethnic minorities. Its mission was “to reestablish Protestant Christian values in America by any means possible”. These were examples of Christian terrorism. Based on your logic, you should also ban Christian and announce #Pray4ChristianBan in your twitter account.
Terrorism Has No Religion
Do you want this #Pray4ChristianBan becomes a trending topic? Don’t worry, this is just a rhetorical question. Dear Senator Hanson, just end your anti-Islam campaign and remove your ignorance. Islam teaches us about peace, tolerance, and harmony for the mankind. Islam does not teach us terrorism or banning other religions. If you are a pious Christian, you should not try to ban Islam. Instead, come to Baitul Huda Mosque, in 45 Hollinsworth Rd, Marsden Park NSW 2765 owned by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia and learn about the true teaching of Islam. In case you do not have time, then just read this simple explanation from Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Islam is a religion to serve The God Almighty and to serve all humanity. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad explained, “There are only two complete parts of faith (in Islam). One is to love God and the other is to Love mankind to such a degree that you consider the suffering and trials and tribulations of others as your own and that you pray for them”. In another place, “I say to you that you must show love and compassion to all of God’s creation no matter who it is – whether he is a Hindu, a Muslim or anyone else. ‘I never like it when people try to limit their sympathy and love to their own people. I admonish you, again and again, to never ever limit the scope of your compassion.” (reviewofreligions.org)
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community further explained, “The true teachings of Islam that we have learned from the Qur’an and from the practice of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) teach us to never act cruelly and to always fulfill the rights of mankind. Islam teaches Muslims to free every person and every nation from all forms of slavery and servitude – whether physical, economic or social slavery. Islam teaches us that all people are equal and that one’s race and color are not means of superiority or status. Rather, the only value of one’s nationality or ethnicity is to act as a means of identification – it is nothing apart from this” (reviewofreligions.org).
Don’t Learn Islam from ISIS
Dear Senator Hanson, If you know those Christian terrorist does not represent Christian, then why you think ISIS is representing Islam? rather than learning Islam from ISIS, take a look at what Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has done to Australia. Every year, they support Red Cross by sending their youth to do a fundraising in several shopping malls. Last year they collected over 44000 AUD for Red Cross (newsmaker.com). Their youth also participate in Australia Clean Up Day in every year. Waqas Ahmad, the President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association told SBS.com in an interview, “So we live in a country – Australia – which is a beautiful country. It [the group’s involvement] started with this initiative a long time ago and just to keep to our faith and practice the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad, it is a very important part of our faith to take part in this event – not only as Muslims but as Australians.”(SBS.com). Last but not least, don’t forget that Ahmadiyya Muslim Community QLD also served as a ‘Mud Army’ for flood recovery relief after cyclone Debbie (abc.net).
So Senator Hanson, do you still think Islam is a disease? I hope you can change your mind and concept about Islam as you will see that Muslims in Australia shows their loyalty to Australia. Lastly, I don’t actually suggest you ban Christian. Islam supports complete freedom of all religions.
Master of Technology and Innovation Management candidate at UNSW
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