I believed this wasn’t only an assault on these civilians on London Bridge but an attack on all of us.
This was my response as an individual being. As an Imam nonetheless, I’m inviting my congregations across the UK to find this catastrophe as a possibility for British Muslims to cancel the notion of”us” and”them”. It’s time for Muslim Britons to maintain their awareness of citizenship and play an integral role in this election campaign – a campaign which the extremist on Friday sought to interrupt.
We should all continue to inquire what the wider society and Muslim communities can do to make a shared sense of belonging, especially as Islamophobia proceeds to take root among portions of their political class.
However, I feel that Muslim communities can be an important part of the governmental procedure. You will find 31 marginal constituencies, according to the Muslim Council of Britain, in which Muslims could have a substantial impact on an election effect – it’s there that Muslims ought to be especially focused in their attempts.
There’ll always be challenges for Muslim communities creating awareness of citizenship whilst present as minorities. But inclusive politics in a pluralistic society isn’t a particularly Western or modern phenomenon – it’s also an Islamic one. The states that formed the heart of the Silk Road later became the center of the Muslim world. This was only possible due to the civic society which Islam has always nurtured, moving back to the Prophet Muhammad’s worth and activities from his embryonic state in Medina. It’s this tradition that most Muslims have to innovate.
This background is the specific opposite of this vision that extremists need for the two Muslim-majority societies and states where Muslim minority communities exist. As a Muslim, I’m a minority in Islam and that I have direct experience in my visits to the Middle East of the way intolerant extremists are, not just towards non-Muslims however their fellow Muslims of different denominations.
Those extremists appear particularly likely to attack at the run-up into ballots, such as with the Westminster Bridge assault before the previous election and the Jo Cox murder before the Brexit referendum. In a time when fires are already running large and Islamophobia might be stoked by specific campaigns or parties, such episodes may have an outsized impact politically and emotionally. Terrorist attacks will also be known to induce people further to the right, meaning that these strikes have a demonstrable influence on the political procedure.
If he might have been forced to sense brotherhood and empathy for his fellow Britons in the home, instead of only his fellow Muslims overseas, things may be so different. If he can internalize the Prophet Muhammad’s saying that”love of one’s homeland is part of religion,” he can live – and – die – in peace.
Muslims have to counter the notion of”us” and”them”, particularly since Islam, has coexistence in its DNA. Even under the Islamic empires, that have been occasionally so violent and bloodthirsty that they did not even spare the slaughter of their Prophet’s family, Muslim-majority society needed a feeling of inclusive citizenship.
With this tradition, there’s no explanation as to why Muslim Britons can’t be completely engaged and energetic in British political life.
Imam Ali, Prophet Muhammad’s cousin, son-in-law, and renowned Muslim leader, poignantly stated that:”An individual is your brother in religion or your equivalent in humankind.” That’s something which all of us Muslims and non-Muslims – want to be reminded of when extremists attempt to split us.