Every day, like New Zealand Muslims, we condemn terrorism. But we are afraid that he will become the devil again.

Opinion: I condemn Attack on New Lin Mall.. I apologize to the victims, to those who witnessed this horrific incident, to the police, Jacinda Order and all New Zealanders. New Zealand Muslims, like other New Zealanders, are shocked, depressed and frustrated.

Aside from our sadness, though, we feel pressured to apologize, to be guilty, to be ashamed of the actions of an extremist who had nothing to do with ordinary, everyday Muslims. whānau. Unfortunately, it is also true that this terrorist was one. Influenced by ISIS, extremists. Muslim.

Police on Tuesday injured seven people after a terrorist attack outside Auckland's Lin Mall on Friday afternoon.

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Police on Tuesday injured seven people after a terrorist attack outside Auckland’s Lin Mall on Friday afternoon.

That shouldn’t have happened. This is another dark day in the history of Aotearoa. After the March 15 mosque attacks, we prayed so vigorously for the protection of New Zealand. We were afraid that there might be an incident where a Muslim would retaliate. We knew that if that happened then ordinary Muslims would suffer the consequences. They will become devils again. The slight increase in sympathy and trust that the Muslim community gained at the cost of 51 lives will be reduced to ashes.

Following this knife attack, there is a clear, spoken and unclear tension within New Zealand’s Muslim community. For example, every Muslim is pressured to express his anger and frustration. When an ethnic or religious minority commits a crime, it affects their entire ethnic community.

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Muslim organizations are issuing statements condemning acts of terrorism. Ordinary Muslims are constantly exchanging messages about the incident. Some condemn the act, some for the victims, or for the protection of Muslims. Some ask why this happened, and what could have stopped it.

Islam has sometimes been misinterpreted and misrepresented by some radical clerics, without considering the dangers of doing so.  This is a religion of peace, not violence, writes Hina Tabassum Cheema.  (File photo)

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Islam has sometimes been misinterpreted and misrepresented by some radical clerics, without considering the dangers of doing so. This is a religion of peace, not violence, writes Hina Tabassum Cheema. (File photo)

These fears, these fears are all real – these are the realities of everyday Muslim life. That is a fact but most people do not know when the incident took place.

Many Muslims agree: this terrorist may be the only extremist, but such a hateful ideology has not come from anywhere. This is the root of religious misrepresentation. Extremists like this are everywhere, in every religion and ideology – but these ideologies do not arise as individual ideas of wolves alone. They plant seeds in them. They justify and direct their worldview, their intentions, their actions. And they have a source.

There are systems that support and uphold such ideologies. In the case of Muslim terrorists, who are the fuel of international politics, they help illiterate, radical and fanatical clerics. molivs And the imams who take these memes – perhaps to keep the faithful in line, perhaps to fulfill their sense of isolation from the mainstream. They are also guilty. They misinterpret Islam and eliminate it without considering the dangers and irreversible consequences.

Hina Tabassum Cheema:


Hina Tabassum Cheema: “We need to make sure that they are all imams. [sectarian] Mosques do not retain political and radical content.

Muslim communities in New Zealand must be vigilant to prevent such atrocities in the future. They must stand within themselves and with the wider population. Any suspicious activity or hate speech during the Friday sermon needs to be brought to the attention of the police.

The government needs closer ties with everyday Muslims, not large-scale undemocratic Muslim leaders. Sectarian mosques are on the rise – and so are sectarian divisions. The government needs to ensure that the imams of all these mosques do not retain political, radical material.

A central Friday sermon highlighting peace, love, and happiness within the Islamic faith can help. I have raised this issue first with Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Community Priyanka Radhakrishnan and during my ministerial engagements during the inquiry into the Royal Commission on Mosque Attacks.

Mosques are places for spiritual rejuvenation and socialization – but they can also harbor radical hate ideologies, influenced by international political events. The government’s engagement with Muslim communities should be politically two-pronged, going beyond any kind of party point scoring, focusing on social inclusion and harmony, as recommended by the Royal Commission. And yes: the laws of terrorism need to be revised.

As everyday Muslims, we strongly condemn this terrorist, his hateful ideology and the acts of this attack and extremism. He was not representing New Zealand Muslims. It was an extremist ideology.

As ordinary Muslims, we have nothing to do with it. What we can do is play a key role in preventing such atrocities in the future.

Kia Ora Mariri, Auterwa.

Hina Tabassum Cheema is completing her PhD in Social Anthropology from Macy’s University. His research explores the daily lives of Muslims in New Zealand.

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