Allow me to share with all of you a message that I recently received from a practicing Muslim girl. She asks, “I am a Muslim, many people don’t like us because they think we’re terrorists and all Muslims are terrorists. What do you think?”
This question of hers got me thinking about the whole debacle surrounding terrorism & Islamophobia, and I think that it stems from Racism.
There exists a thick smog of misunderstanding between us, particularly those from different ethnic backgrounds or clashing religious beliefs.
In response to that girl’s question, I answered, “We love you guys!” I said it because it is true.
The tolerance for one another and acceptance of mutual existence under one roof is the first and the most important act of compassion.
The tolerance for one another and acceptance of mutual existence is the first act of compassion.
Actions of Compassion- What led me to believe this could be a turning point?
After an extensive travel of the world, I hold an understanding that racism arises from our inherent desire to surround ourselves with what we are accustomed to seeing or hearing; anything contrary such as hearing a foreign accent/language, differences in beliefs or skin color; feels outright weird.
Actions of Compassion is all about blending communities together, breaking barriers, and forming a society that we can all happily share.
How do I feel about the Muslims?
I think Muslims are just like the rest of us and lovely. When you are trying to put an end to an epidemic like racism, you need to dig deeper into the underlying causes. In my view, these are two-fold-
Fight against terrorism- the global fight against terrorism is, in fact, the fight against those who create terror. It is not specific to one religion, group or sect.
People’s mindset- uninformed people believe that the fight against terrorism is the same as the fight against Islam. Consecutively, the other side believes that this fight is being brought to them only because they believe in Islam.
I think that Muslims are also victims caught in this vicious circle of terrorism and societies need to lead by an example through Actions of Compassion.
What can we do to end hatred and race-based violence?
We are a lot connected today than we used to be. You do not have to travel overseas to meet an ethnic person because we are surrounded with multiculturalism.
Here’s my advice to you:
Taking a small step in their direction will help resolve any preconceived notions about a social group. Slowly but surely, you will observe stigmas fading away. You will also develop the ability to learn and respect different opinions. And this is the whole philosophy behind Actions of Compassion.
I believe that with my mission- Actions of Compassion, we can together bond as a society again and fight against racism, not each other.
During my travels, I’ve observed that people truly care about preserving the moral fabric of their society. This is why Actions of Compassion is ever more significant- for peace, for unity, and for ‘one’ world.