Written by Nahla Abbas Al-A'raji
Thursday, 30 September 2010 19:53
Islamic Articles -
Thursday, the 7th of July, 2005 was a typical hot summer morning in London.Â I woke up and decided to get to work by bus and not to rush into a stuffy hot train.Â At half past 7, I got on my first bus journey on number 83 where I sat on a nice cozy seat right at the front, people were talking, children laughing in the background a baby held by her mother smiling innocently at me.Â As I play with the baby and make funny faces at her, I think to myself how hard the world will be in your generationâ€¦
Nevertheless, I arrived to work and entered my department. The atmosphere at work was not the same. The department was nearly empty. At first, a woman told me that cables had exploded in a tube station called Edgware Rd. Not long after, a man told me three buses had exploded one after the other.Â My heart started beating. Thoughts started running through my mind.Â Work was empty. There were only a few people other than me. The others couldnâ€™t travel to work due to explosions that occurred simultaneously one after the other at 3 train stations and a bus.Â I was in a state of shock thinking to myself I could have been on that bus or on the train carriage. Concentrating on my work became difficult and thoughts of those that could have been hurt filled by mind.
Strange eerie feeling filled my department. My boss suggested we do what we can at work then rush home to find out what had happened.Â As I stepped outside, it felt as if everyone was looking at me possibly because I was wearing hijab. If Al-Qaeda had announced that they have committed the evil crime, in the name of Islam, I cannot blame them for starring at me in such a manner. Even I felt very anger and upset at the current situation.
Strange feelings spread outside too. There was silence. Yet at the same time everyone was in a state of panic. A shiver went down my spine as I left work that day earlier than usual. Non-Muslims starred at me angrily. I was a walking symbol of Islam. However, terrorists have created an image far from the reality of Islam. Killing the innocent is strictly forbidden in Islam. Allah (swt) has stated in the Holy Quran,
â€œAnd do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden except for the requirements of justice; this He has enjoined you with that you may understandâ€¦â€ [6:151]
â€œâ€¦ whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.â€ [5:32]
Islam is a religion of peace. Unfortunately, this peaceful religion is being portrayed as a source of evil and immorality.Â Â The recent London bombings were a great crime against humanity, Islam, and the teachings of its prophet (s).
Acts such as these have no justification. Islam has nothing to do with the actions of
ruthless, cruel individuals, who kill others for personal, political motives.
Addressing his son Ali in Karabala, Imam Hussain (AS) said,
â€œO' my son be afraid of oppressing the one who has no defender except Godâ€