Get Thee Back, Satan!
In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
The repugnance I feel at the attacks on Western hotels in Jordan is immense. It truly cannot be put into words. That someone would walk into a wedding party at a hotel and detonate himself to kill innocent people, it is a crime most heinous indeed. That someone would think that God is approving of his actions is a joke most humorous. That someone would justify attacking innocent human beings using God’s sacred Word is a perversion most egregious.
The repugnance I feel now is the same repugnance I felt on the morning of 9/11; it is the same repugnance I feel when suicide bombers kill women and children in Tel Aviv; it is the same repugnance I feel when suicide attackers kills Shi’i Muslims in a mosque in Baghdad. These “holy warriors” are nothing of the sort; they are bloodthirsty satanic marauders, cloaking their evil in the garbs of religious piety. I say to them what Jesus said long ago, “Get thee back, Satan!”
You know, I can almost hear my critic say to me: “Why don’t you have that same repugnance when American bombs kill innocent Iraqi civilians? Why don’t you have that same repugnance when Israeli F-16 jets kill innocent Palestinians? Why don’t you have that same repugnance when U.S. soldiers torture Muslim detainees?”
I have news for you: I feel that very same repugnance. Yet, look up at the top of the blog page. My Beloved told me never to let the hatred of others toward me move me to commit injustice. Even though I am angry at this senseless Iraq invasion which has caused senseless loss of both American and Iraqi life, it does not mean that I then tolerate the murder of an innocent American anywhere in the world “in revenge for the deaths of Muslims.” It simply does not follow. Never let the hatred of someone move you to commit injustice.
Even though I am angry at the continued occupation of Palestinian land and the loss of dignity and life that occupation brings, it does not mean I then explain away the brutal murder of an Israeli mother and child at a pizza parlor in Tel Aviv or on a bus in Jerusalem. It simply does not follow. Never let the hatred of someone move you to commit injustice.
That is the way of God, the way of the Prophets. Study our sacred history: every Prophet and Messenger was opposed - many times violently - by his people. Yet the Prophet did not mete out injustice in response to the injustice he received.
Abraham’s people tried to burn him alive: he did not ask for God to destroy them. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a well to get rid of him: he forgave them instantly. Jesus told his Apostles to love their enemies, and asked God to forgive his people, for they did not know what they were doing. When the Angel of the Mountains offered to crush the people of Taif for their vicious expulsion of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from their town, the Prophet (pbuh) refused, hoping that their children would one day become believers.
Never let the hatred of someone move you to commit injustice. Yes, I have said this time and again in the past, but the concept is so profound, so earth-shattering that it must be repeated time and again in the future. It is a concept that seemingly goes against the very nature of ourselves. But that is the point: God is calling us to rise above our base instincts and become His servants. It’s hard. But Paradise is not cheap. It never was.
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