The Paris Massacre

As we have begun to shuffle the next page to 2015, and put a glance to the events of past year 2014, the aftermath in Paris brought us all on streets with vigil in our hands to mourn the death of journalists, cartoonists, and police officers. The terrorist attack carried out on Paris Office of Charlie Hebdo, which still circulates in newspapers and T.V channels, has completely occupied our attention to stand out for their atrocity and inhuman acts of terror that left 12 members of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial board in cold-blooded. Prominent scholars and people from all faiths and school of thoughts from around the world condemned the attack and shared their solidarity and feeling of sadness with the families of the victims.

The massacre brought about huge gathering in Paris city and tens of thousands across Europe to condemn the attack and to show their support for the journalists, cartoonists, and police officers who lost their lives. The attack carried out by two brothers emerged the international effort to focus on determining, who have been behind the massacre on Paris office and what role the Al-Qaeda and its affiliates of terrorist rivals had played in planning such deadly attack against Charlie Hebdo.

After weeks of predictions and lots of confusion, finally a video and written statement released earlier by Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen, formally claimed the responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The video released claims the target had been planned, financed, and coordinated by Yemen’s top Al-Qaeda leader, Nasr al-Ansi who is based in the Arabian Peninsula.

The terror attack on Paris was not the first and of course, the last assault being carried out against innocent souls, these coward individuals are responsible for thousands of innocent lives under the name of religion in the Middle East who belong to neither any Islamic organization nor a state. The real Islam is known to have been peacefully practicing their religion by over billion with no harm to other faiths. True Muslims strongly prevent human suffering to commit barbaric acts of murder, torture, rape, and slavery.

The day-to-day bleeding violence in Islamic countries caused by these brutal groups of terrorist, brought about miserable human suffering and left out devastated situation upon individual’s life. Thousands of children, women, and men have died in their war innocently and millions have been displaced. Others escaping their atrocity and brutality have died in the heart of the water, reached to almost (5,000) only in 2014, the UN reports, while dozens of others almost daily disappear into the water and in other tragedies go unreported.

Such barbaric acts of murder are just motivated not by religious faith, rather by greed, lust, and hatred to fulfill their evil desire at the cost of innocent people’s blood. Their perpetrators are criminal coward. They brought about great miseries and devastation in millions of families across the world. As a result, the affected leaders had grave concerns over their spread throughout the world and appealed from the international societies for several times to come up with a comprehensive response against these bloody groups of terrorist, before they bring us further miseries or those who openly challenge the power of the world by means of violence and bloodshed.

In fact, they have forgiven no one and massacred by hundreds each time, since they came into existence from across Arabian countries. The mass graveyards of innocent people found across Syria and their bleeding acts of violence across the region is the illustrative facts of being else human beings. They have murdered people from all faiths and ethnic groups. They have targeted Muslims, Christians, Yezidis, Arabs and Kurds, but the mass victims were all Muslims. They are not Islamic warriors, but hooligans against the whole humanity. They are terrorists and they must be recognized as “Terrorism.” After all, they are the enemies of humankind and violated the human principles and every faith is against their coward movements.

A post on Face book talks about an illustrative fact about the so-called ISIS (Daesh) group who are claiming to be the best creature in human race on the face of the planet earth! The post reads about a Christen fellow couple who have been in Arabian countries as tourists in the last couple of months that suddenly reached to a Daesh illegal checkpoint. Several armed masked men in black clothes stopped the car. The masked Daesh man asked the tourist to recite a verse from the Holy Koran to make sure that they were all Muslims! Then, the foreigner started reciting the verses from the Bible, for he did not know to recite the verses from the Holy Koran! After, reciting few lines, the masked Daesh man in black cloth let them move! His wife was so surprised and asked her husband that he was reciting the verses from the Bible. “They have no faith and belong to no religion. They have violated all human principles. If they knew the real meaning of the Holy Koran, they would never commit such atrocity against innocent civilians. Islam teaches not hatred or atrocity, perhaps, no faith does so,” replied her husband.

Given the facts, real religious faith brings people together based on their common humanity and encourages generosity of spirit and of action. The target of all religions is peace, unity, harmony, and generosity. No religion provokes hatred or terror to kill, torture, execute, persecute, rape, and annihilate people from their sole rights. The coward criminals of Daesh and their type are so afraid and have so little confidence in their alleged believes that they gun down unarmed journalists, rather than argue their point of view. They kidnap and rape young girls because they are pathetically incapable of civilized interaction with women.

According to Islamic scholars, the targeting of innocent persons cannot be allowed under any principles. Islam is against any form of terrorism, whether it be carried out by an individual, a group or a state. For Muslims to kill civilians unconnected with any attack on them is a crime and equal to the annihilation of the whole humanity. The principal law of Islam is, do not attack civilians, or harm any human. This includes civilians of any faith, whether Jewish, Muslim, or Christian. All people are the family of God and that no one has the right to take the life over anyone.

Measurement is needed to prevent international terrorism, which endangers or takes innocent human lives or jeopardizes fundamental freedoms. The study of the underlying causes of those forms of terrorism and acts of violence, which lie in misery, frustration, grievance and despair which cause some people to sacrifice human lives, including their own, in an attempt to effect radical changes. This has been the ultimate demand of all faiths from all States to take all appropriate steps to prevent terrorist attacks against various forms of crimes they attempt.

The effort of International coalition is needed to eliminate this phenomenon and bring all types of terrorist groups on their knees. The world must be committed against the Daesh group of terrorists or its rivals. Nevertheless, military efforts alone are not enough. There needs to be a comprehensive approach. The world must bear down on all forms of support to Daesh, money, weapons, people, political comfort, and any vestiges of misguided popular sympathy. In addition, they must give all possible support to those who oppose terrorism of all types and to their victims.


About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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