Today we witnessed yet another atrocity. The difference is that this time, ( 9/11 apart) it's in our own backyard. How many people in Europe and the UK ( I split the two) have said ' this could not happen here', "this will not happen here", "we will not allow it to happen here" ? The burning news is that it is here and it is happening. A gunman (thug, terrorist, coward) in broad daylight, standing over an innocent and pumping bullets into him supposedly in the name of Allah? I am sure Allah has a completely different take on these heinous murders and will be withholding the seventy two virgins that fanatical male extremists believe they are going to encounter when they go to that boudoir in the far beyond.
Time to wake up and really, really and smell the coffee. Notwithstanding the murder of British soldier Lee Rigsby at Woolwich Barracks, south east London by Michael Adebolaja and Michael Adebowale in 2013, I think many of us continue to believe that all is well in our world. Whilst some have fears and certain reservations when faced with bearded men in Muslim garb and women in total purdah, there are many more of us who would like to, and do believe, that your average Muslim is not a threat to our society.
So my challenge is to those who do not condone the actions of the extremists. Instead of going on air and 'talking', put your money where your mouths are and join the protests. Show us that you are peace loving as many I believe, are. I feel this because I have Muslim friends. Friends who cried when the Ayatolla overthrew the Shah in 1979. Friends whose weddings I have attended, whose babies I have held. Friends who have said in reference to the atrocities, 'this is not true Islam'. Will those friends please stand up and be counted so that we do know and understand that the faith you belong to is not about ruling the world, is not about hatred for anyone other than a Muslim brother (why are you slaughtering your own?) or that you will not rest until Islam is the only recognized religion in this world.