All law-abiding rational, normal Muslims should condemn the killing of David Amess MP in the strongest words possible, writes Anila Baig
The deadly virus is on the rise again, spreading fear, isolation, mistrust and pain.
No, I don’t mean Covid – though cases of that are also rocketing as we move into the colder months. I am talking about the disease of terrorism, which is rearing its ugly head once again.
In the past week we have heard about the mosque attack in Afghanistan by ISIS as worshippers prayed.
The blast happened in the Kandahar region during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque, with 47 dead and 70 believed to be wounded.
It occurred just days after IS claimed responsibility for a similar bombing at a Shia mosque in the northern city of Kunduz that killed several people.
How can anyone claim they are acting for God when they bomb worshippers in a mosque on the holiest day of the week?
With ‘Muslims’ like Islamic State who needs infidels?
It defies all logic.
Then we had the shocking violence in Norway where a recent convert to Islam killed five people with a bow and arrow.
Four women and one man were killed during the rampage.
The perpetrator was a convert to Islam and his victims were random. There were quotes in the Press from a young Muslim man who escaped his clutches so again, these terrorists do not care who they are killing.
And now the brutal killing of MP David Amess has sent shockwaves throughout the country just as the brutal murder of Jo Cox did five years ago. In that instance it was a white supremacist who carried out the atrocity. In Sir David’s case, the police are looking into whether it was a terror attack with a possible link with Islamic extremism.
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All law-abiding rational, normal Muslims condemn this killing in the strongest words possible.
It is an heinous act against someone who was helping people.
All thoughts are with Sir Amess’ family and yet again law-abiding, rational, normal Muslims find themselves under the microscope.
How can it be that some acts of terror are carried out by so-called Muslims? The suspect in Sir David’s killing has been held under the Terrorism Act while police investigate. He is yet to be charged.
Is there something in the scriptures or Holy Book which tells us to kill and maim?
Of course not. There are strict rules – you are not even allowed to destroy a tree, nor pollute water supplies.
You are allowed to defend yourself in conflict but is praying in a mosque on a Friday in Afghanistan an act of war?
Is sitting in your front room watching television with your family in Norway an act of war?
Is meeting your constituents in Essex, where you have been literally trying to improve their lives for nearly 40 years, an act of war?
Of course not, which means that these terrorist organisations are horrifically defiling and debasing the religion of Islam – although police are still looking into whether Sir David’s alleged killer had links to Islamic extremists.
“Oh here we go again, the religion of peace.” It has become a joke.
Except it’s no laughing matter.
This twisted ideology is an anathema to normal Muslims. We were not brought up like this.
I have friends of all different faiths and we would always cherish what we had in common. One of my closest friends is a devout Catholic like David Amess and every time she came to visit my dad would take her to church on Sundays.
There will be those who are intent on hate and division who will use these acts of terror as ammunition to label all Muslims and the whole religion as bad.
But the truth is terrorism is a disease and it doesn’t care who the victims are, it just wants to kill us all. We must stand united if we are to have any hope of stamping it out.