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Terrorists don't deserve mercy

Terrorists don't deserve mercy

Author: Firoz Bakht Ahmed
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: August 1, 2008

Ahmedabad and Bangalore, like many others, are global cities and the terror that struck these two State capitals on consecutive days too is a global phenomenon. As a human being and an Indian Muslim, I literally wept over the needless deaths of those who died or were maimed.

In the last decade, a significant number of moderate Hindus have started supporting anti-secular and anti-minority groups that want to transform India into a theocratic nation. This bodes ill for the country. The situation calls for introspection by Muslims, India's largest minority community. Owing to the ghastly deeds of the jihadis, a majority of peace loving Muslims who believe in the unity and integrity of India, have become the target of much hatred.

Muslims should put themselves in the shoes of these newly converted Right-wing forces. They should put themselves in their minds, eyes and souls. From that vantage point, they should look at happenings in India and their community. They should understand why moderate Hindus have changed. Terrorism has rightfully left many Hindus insecure and angry.

The Students Islamic Movement of India, Shahi Imam Bukhari, fanatics in Coimbatore and Maharashtra, the calls for jihad and the distribution of inflammatory posters have enraged middle class Hindus. Minor issues, like a few Muslim leaders opposing the singing of the Vande Mataram on national occasions, adds fuel to fire. The situation gets aggravated because moderate and secular Muslims, who are in a majority, do not get involved in their community's civic affairs. If any member of the Indian Mujahideen, Lashker-e-Tayyeba, Al Qaeda, Harkat-ul-Ansar, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Sipah-e-Sahaba and others is found anywhere, he should immediately be shot like the military trials in Iran, as all committed to desecrate peaceful coexistence and harmony must also pay by dying. The jihadis have been slaughtering innocent lives and they too must be paid back in the same coin.

Terrorists acting in the name of Islam cite Palestine, Chechnya, and Iraq to justify the killing of innocent lives. They have lost their moral compass. They misinterpret verses from the Quran to justify their heinous designs. All secular Muslims must distance themselves from such agents of hate.

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