Terrorism Can be Defeated Only by the Golden Rule and Not by Bullets or Tanks

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

There may not have been terrorism in the time of Jesus; nevertheless, he gave us the root cause of terrorism as he defined many other human vulnerabilities:

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

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If our selfish and parochial thinking be the root cause of terrorism then the solution lies in the Golden rule.

The family members of the victims of the terrorist attack in in 2019 in Christchurch mosque in New Zealand have given heart rendering testimonies recently, The Christchurch Victims’ Family testimonies. But did they feel the same when 3000 or more were slaughtered mercilessly on September 11, 2001, or do they feel the same when innocent children are blown up on the streets of Israel? If they do practice the Golden rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you;’ then I promise you that there will be no terrorism in the world.

The tragedy of September 11 is etched in the memory of every American when 3000 innocent lives were lost. Many still feel agonizing pain every year as September 11 roles around. But, do they feel the pain of others? Did they notice or cry when thousands of innocent lives were lost in Iraq, Syria and Libya as collateral damage from ambitious plans of “shock and awe.”

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves after the Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves after the Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles on the theme of interfaith tolerance

One woman felt the pain of others last year. She is the PM of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern: Nobel Prize for a noble woman.

I promise you that many even if not the most of humanity practices the Golden rule and weep for every innocent lost regardless of religion, race and nationality, whether as a victim of a single wolf terrorist attack, a terrorist organization or as a result of state terror, the human race will be soon rid of the menace of terrorism.

Bullets, tanks or military power cannot give us greater understanding of what Jesus taught us more than 2000 years ago and it has still not sunk into our consciousness:

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

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With this backdrop let me suggest a few articles here to complete my thesis:

Dr. Zia H Shah, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times and author of this article

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