Orlando: the trials of identity

Source. ET

Tornados can wreak plenty of havoc though they can be predicted. But what do you do when deadly weather patterns become wholly unpredictable. One moment you’re lying on a beach, next moment you’re running for your life. This seems more like the case now with religion-inspired terrorism. Calm followed by a bang. Then calm again… till the next bang.

So it was on this June 12 in Orlando, Florida. Another day, another city, another Muslim — and lots of deaths. Yes, Omar Saddiqui Mateen was a Muslim. Not a pretender, not even a hired gun by the evil US government to depict Muslims as insufferable fiends; he was Muslim, nothing more, nothing less. He did not storm into a gay bar with an AR-15 rifle and automatic shotgun because he just incidentally happened to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Death was very much on his mind that day, as he blazed his guns with all the deadly passion of a man who has suddenly found himself in fatal opposition to a culture that may have adopted him, but to which he could never possibly adapt. Thinking himself, perhaps, a warrior in some otherworldly battle, Omar Mateen, himself a licensed security guard, fired several rounds from his automatic assault weapon, taking down 49 and injuring several more. Before his calculated onslaught, he made sure to dial 911 and pledge allegiance to Islamic State, while also putting a good word for the Tsarnaev brothers (Boston marathon bombers). This was, to date, the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

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  1. This has some serious ramifications vis-a-vis raising children, because the mindset, often, is to not only not assimilate but the opposite i.e., raise them in a cultural bubble to preclude any potential integration issues upon ‘return’. These cultural concerns are typically animated by moral concerns around sex, drinking, drugs, etc., and are addressed by strict religious education. Far stricter than what the parents themselves went through or what their children’s peers back in the motherland are experiencing. The net effect is an identity crisis superimposed upon an extremely puritanical religious outlook — the key ingredients for radicalisation.

    Above is your analysis. Simple question. Members of Ahmadiyya Community made mass migration to UK back in 1965. To Germany, Canada and USA in 1985. Myself raised children in Western culture so is the case with other Ahmadi residing in Western countries. Have you ever witnessed or experienced any radicalised Ahmadiyya youth. All are fully integrated in local societies yet with maintaining religious identity. Just ponder on it. There is nothing wrong with Western culture or traditions. Mistake lies in parents and those who are grooming these immigrant youth.

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