Let’s Not (to be) Provoked
It’s a week since al-Noor and Linwood mosques in New Zealand were attacked. This incident invited many responses from many parts of the world, not only the Muslims, but also people in public with various religious background. The attack that caused nearly 50 martyrdoms was made because racism has rooted in the perpetrators of the shootings.
That attack which is uploaded through perpetrator facebook’s account invited so many responses, too. It shouldn’t be shared to all users, because it would provoke others and caused fearness. They think that terrorism comes from Islam. Is that true? absolutely it isnt! they say Muslim immigrants there only hitch a ride. Is it true that they are only considered to be riding?
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “Many of those directly affected may be migrants to New Zealand. They might even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and that is their home. They are us.”
She also added “I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence. An action that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are.” “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”
So, terrorism cannot be attributed to any religions because terrorism is a notion for people who cannot accept the teachings of peace brought by every religion.
The response given for this accident is not only prayers, but also invitations to take revenge. Merdeka.com quoted from the SITE Intelligence Group on March 15, 2019 stating that “Both Al Qaeda and ISIS affiliated groups declare them in an appropriate form and incite revenge.”
As a good Muslim, we need to understand that the notion of Islam has never taught revenge, never taught hatred. We are advised not to be provoked by the news. It is Islam which literally means peace, to maintain brotherhood among all people, as exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad. Terrorism will not be the answer ever.
And also we must remember the word of God, surah al-Imran verse 103, which means:
“And hold firmly to the rope of God all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of God upon you – when you were enemies and you were together, you became, by His favor, brothers. And he saved you from it. Thus does God make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.”
Therefore, I remind myself and also all of us as Muslims to always remember that Islam always teaches peace. Let’s put our hands together, to build the peacefulness over the world.
Isna Rahmah Solihatin, S.Pd.I, Member of YIPC Jakarta