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Our selfishness regarding terrorism

We are subject to the logic of reactions, quick convictions, apologetic and moral attitudes...

Hassan Al Mustafa

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I do not think there is a serious examination of the ideas that generate terrorism. There is no organized and detailed review in Muslim communities. We are subject to the logic of reactions, quick convictions, apologetic and moral attitudes that are closer to self-exoneration than a real sense of the depth of the tragedy being faced.

Instead of taking into consideration what victims of terrorism have endured, the focus is on potential acts against Muslims and veiled women in Europe. Others are concerned about the image of Islam being tarnished.

All these stances revolve around fearing for ourselves, not for others. This shows our indifference toward them, and how we do not value humanity unless it impacts us, positively or negatively.

Humanity

We should recognize that a human being is valuable, with rights and respect regardless of race, religion or color. Terrorism violates the human values that manage relationships between societies.

Instead of taking into consideration what victims of terrorism have endured, the focus is on potential acts against Muslims and veiled women in Europe. Others are concerned about the image of Islam being tarnished

Hassan Al-Mustafa

British philosopher John Locke said: “No one has the right, in any way, to harm another person because they belong to another church or religion.” He added that “all the rights and privileges belonging to a person as a human being or citizen shall be maintained and not violated,” and that “rights and privileges have nothing to do with religion.”

Religion cannot be imposed on others, or be the basis for one’s relationship with society. Relationships in the modern state between individuals have a civil contractual character. Muslim societies still suffer from a problem of identity and relations with the other.

Adonis believes that “the human being is the one who creates his identity with innovative ideas and work.” This awareness is missing from the collective mind of Muslim societies, causing them to be more fundamentalist and inward in order to defend their existence from an imagined threat.

This article was first published in Al-Riyadh on Apr. 01, 2016.
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Hassan Al-Mustafa is Saudi journalist with interest in Middle East and Gulf politics. His writing focuses on social media, Arab youth affairs and Middle Eastern societal matters.

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