Thursday, August 14, 2014
Yazidis and Christians in Iraq and Syria need urgent protection
Nasir Khan, August 14, 2014
The man-made disasters in the Middle Eastern region are bringing only death, destruction, pain and suffering to millions. Now more and more people are being devoured by the senseless violence and carnage in the name of some religion (Islam), sect (Shia, Sunni, etc.), some superior 'chosen people' or territorial expansion (Israel).
What is happening to Yazidis and Christians in Iraq and Syria at the hands of the fighters of Islamic State is pure savagery, the same sort of incredible savagery that Israel has shown on its recent war on Gaza, by killing Palestinians and destroying the infrastructure of an enclave under Israel's military siege. It is incumbent upon every person with goodwill and concern for other human beings to oppose the obnoxious terror and brutalities on the Yazidis and Christians.
In this regard many writers, journalists and columnists, bloggers and Facebook users can help to highlight the plight of these victims and appeal in the name of common humanity to these Muslim fanatics who are misled by ignorant people, to stop what they are doing against the innocent people in the name of Islam.
The Qur'anic message is clear on this. The Qur'an says: “There is no compulsion in the matter of religion.” If the holy book forbids the use of force in the matter of religion then all Muslims are under a religious duty to follow this essential advice.
What the fanatics and ignorant people are doing in the name of Islam is contrary to the teachings of Islam. All this should stop and let the people of all faiths and views live in peace and places where they have lived for thousands or hundreds of years.
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