HYDERABAD: Twin terrorist attacks killed dozens at the Christchurch mosques in New Zealand. As many as 51 Muslims were brutally murdered at a place of worship by a white extremist.
Despite the widely believed notion, this again proved that terrorism has no religion. With the condolences and condemnation pouring in from around the world as well as leaders voicing concern, it seems people have finally recognised Islamophobia and have decided to unite against it.
In the past few decades, Muslims have been portrayed as terrorists, with violence being a part of their faith and history. The violent deeds of some extremist groups have changed the perceptions regarding Islam. This stereotype has led to Muslims around the world to suffer atrocities, such as in Burma by Buddhists, in Palestine by Jews, and in Kashmir by Hindus; and it is justified as counter-extremism measures.
The Christchurch mosques attacks targeted innocent Muslims and yet the mainstream media and leading politicians failed to label it as a terrorist attack. Many tabloids and media outlets still want to uphold the biased definition regarding terrorism, and when any non-Muslim or a white person commits any massacre, it is downplayed as just violence. This discrimination of thoughts should be done away with because there is no religion greater than humanity and violence has no religion.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2019.