Hello friends, during the auspicious days of observing ‘Navaratri’ and seeking blessings from the mother, Goddes Durga, a piece of news disturbed me a lot. As the saying goes if you keep something buried inside your heart, the peace of mind goes for a toss. Sharing it may pacify it to an extent, so here I am! It’s about the unfortunate suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s north eastern city of Kunduz, in which more than hundred innocent people died and about 150 injured. Their crime? They had congregated in the mosque, to offer Friday’s namaaz. The killer suicide bomber? A member of the terrorist group ISIS-K ( Khorasan)
The most perturbing thing is that the victims and the perpetrators both are believer of the same religion, Islam. Although belonging to different sects called Shias and Sunnies. I shall not delve into the intricacies of their faith. But they worship the one God, Allah. I just fail to understand, what is the instigation to kill their own brethren in the name of God? What kind of victory they would gain by killing so many and so mercilessly?
When I was a small kid, my father used to read aloud, the life story and teachings of revered saint Ramkrishna Parmahansa, from the book, ‘Ramkrisna Kathamrita’. Sri Ramakrishna was a devout priest of Goddess Kali(a form of Goddess Durga) at the famous Dakshineswar temple in Kolkata. One thing about him that stuck in my young and impressionable mind that Ramakrisna at different point of time had practised other faiths, like Islam and Christianity, under the able guidance of preachers of that faith. He came to a conclusion that all the faiths are like rivers which ultimately leads to the vast Ocean, and that is ‘One God’ a Supreme authority.
The universality of God, who had created this amazing world is the basic foundation over which the stucture of various religions are formed. If we consider pre historic time there was no religion but humans were there unseparated by any sector called religion and there was no strife over it. Then why modern homo sapiens have embroiled themselves in the struggle of one upmanship concerning their religion. There are rivalries, discriminations, riots and killings still happening to establish the supremacy of a particular religion over the another. It has become a relentless struggle.
The need of the hour is that all humans must come together irrespective of their faith and brainstorm the ways for the survival of humanity and mankind which is increasingly challenged by the perils of one natural and biological calamity after another. The preachers should instill the message of one God among their followers, so that this sectarian violence can be put to rest forever.
This mindless killings of innocent people must end for a harmonious and progressive future. No matter which religion we follow, we belong to one group that is mankind. Sooner the terrorists and their mentors must realize it, the better. They must chanellize their potential and resources for the betterment of lives of citizen in general.
I pray to God that the misguided ones must see reason and desist from further butchering of their own people and renounce violence for everlasting peace and unite for overall development of nation.
I would love to know your views on it. Thanks for reading.
P. C.- My sister in law.