Editor: “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart—and that is the weakest of faith.”
This saying of my beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) came to mind upon hearing of the New Zealand shootings by Brenton Tarrant. Why does his name even matter? He is not the first nor will he be the last.
In fact, every single day, especially after 9/11, I take this risk when I leave my home, upholding my faith, just as those innocent souls, now departed from this world, did when visiting the mosques in Christchurch.
Thankfully, we are not at the weakest level yet, as described in the saying above. We can still use our “tongue” to denounce such attacks. I aspire to move up from here, and use my “hands” by taking action to change this, before we end up in a Nazi society where the only thing in our control is calling it an evil in our hearts. The Germans did not wake up to a Nazi Germany; they were slowly poisoned into it. It was the same bigotry and intolerance that we face today, which led them to a revolution based on hatred.
Be it New Zealand or the United States, we must take action to nip this evil in the bud.
Mehr un Nisa Akbar, Aldie