Queen Rania: Extremism’s Innocent Victims: Children and Islam

Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan

Source: Huffington Post

Queen Rania of Jordan, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Yesterday morning, all over the world, mothers kissed their children and waved them off to school, like they do every day of term, content that they would be safe in their classrooms and playgrounds.

Yesterday afternoon, all over the world, children rushed home excitedly. I guess the routine is similar in many homes. School bags, sports’ kits and winter coats are dropped. And there’s a familiar yell, “Mama, can we go play?”

And a familiar reply, “Lunch first!”

It’s a comforting routine; one we take for granted: a rushed lunch, stories about their day and occasional bickering around the table.

Yesterday, 132 children who went to school in Peshawar, Pakistan did not return home.

Today, their mothers’ arms are empty. Their fathers’ hearts ache. A nation grieves. And a shocked world questions Islam once more as Taliban warlords boast of their cowardly revenge attack on a school.

Yesterday, 15 children who went to school in Yemen did not return home either. A car bomb hit the school bus in which they were traveling. Their parents didn’t tuck them into bed last night; they buried them.

How precious, now, are those last kisses and waves?

And let’s not forget that, daily, across Syria and Iraq, those lucky enough to go to school face threats on their journeys and in classrooms. Just two months ago in Homs, 41 children were killed in twin bomb attacks as they studied.

Or Nigeria’s schoolgirls, kidnapped by irreligious extremists for simply wanting to learn.

These atrocities are difficult for us to process; they’re simply incomprehensible. I don’t have answers; I only have questions.

When did children become legitimate targets for radicals? When did global human rights treaties designed to protect children cease to matter? When did a child’s safe return from school each day become something to celebrate? And until when will children pay the price of extremism?

Islam, my Islam, the Islam of 1.6 billion followers condemns the killing of children. It is a religion of peace, tolerance and mercy. It celebrates children as a gift from God. So when extremists kill in the name of Islam, they distort our sacred religion; they attack our core values; and they hijack the identity of the moderate majority.

Islam did not kill children yesterday. Evil, depraved monsters of men did.

They did so to scare us, to separate us and to sow the seeds of hatred and mistrust. We must not let them.

There are no words to comfort the distraught parents of those innocent children. It’s too soon. But we can stand with them in solidarity, regardless of race or religion. And we can work harder as a global family to protect our children. So that when they skip out of our homes in the morning, we know and they know that they will return to our arms later that day.


12 replies

  1. Very gracious of Her Excellency to come out and condemn the merciless killing of children in Peshawar, Pakistan.

    This time we have to save our faces telling Muslims that Islam a religion of peace.

    The Peshawar massacre of innocent children has put to shame Israel and her Prime Minister yo shame.

  2. Excellent statement by Queen Rania. She is right to point out that this sort of acts have absolutely nothing to do with Islam. These killers of innocent children in Peshawar School have support of majority of Mullahs in Pakistan, most of them have not condemned the Taliban instead they say openly that it is the fault of Pakistani Army who have been bombing the Taliban therefore, Taliban had the right to retaliate, so they did. Pakistani Government do not have clean hands either, they are in cahoots with these Mullahs. Unless they control the Mullahs Pakistan will, unfortunately, will never have peace.

  3. Before the desert storm, A President threatened Iraq that he will push Iraq into cave age.. President Bush fulfilled the promise which now engulfs the entire Muslim world.
    He destroyed physical infrastructure but Muslim clergy went further to destroy the moral fiber of the entire Muslim world. Even changed the teaching of Islam to reflect nothing but babarism

  4. It’s time to understand and realise that Pakistan must come out of this mullaism and radicalism to STOP terrorism.

    From the time of dictator general Zia ul Haque, radicalism increased and hundreds of Madarsas established all over Pakistan. All those people of different thoughts of islam found a good chance to create their own army of youngters and they were brain washed according to their own needs. Some madarsa ‘ s use the children’s to go out with a tin box and to collect Funds in the name islam or for mosque etc. Also they were taught fanatism. These Madasas are situated in remote areas and villages where people are illiterate and accepts what ever these illiterate mullah teaches. Here the things go wrong.

    So, now it is essential that all such institutions must be checked, controlled and regulated so that their mind set is changed towards the true Islam which Rasool Allah SAW gave us to follow.

  5. Her Excellency Queen Rania,

    Your post has been so beautifully expounded and the only points which other individuals has brushed aside is that you have indeed shed light not only on Pakistan but also across many other so called Muslim states / countries.

    Islam, simply means LITERALLY , Peace and Submission to Allah, the Omnipresent and His Belongings are the most beautiful Divine Attributes and Names in Unlimited numbers.

    Today, our only Shield is only Allah and Sincere Implorations to Allah for the betterment of the World at large. I belong to a very persecuted sect only because we believe in Peace, Doahs and moreso that Hazrat Mohammad S.A.W is the last law bearing Prophet. Under that instance may I invite you to visit http://www.alislam.org where you will see only the true love, submission to Allah.

    I am behind you all the way because you have pointed out many causes of distress and to conclude, please name to me only one Islamic Country where there is entire peace…………

    Wassalam W.W and May Allah shower His Mighiest Blessings on You & the Whole family

  6. The Three Abrahamic Faiths

    Regrettably, many adherents of the Three Abrahamic Faiths have hijacked The Books of THE CREATOR – ELOHIM, DIEU, GOD and ALLAH – WHO knows best. When HE decrees “BE, IT IS.”

    THE CREATOR – The Most Gracious – The Most Merciful, The One and Only Giver of Knowledge and Reason – never fails to manifest HIS Signs.

    Umar Solim – England

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