Sunday, October 26, 2014

Defuse Extremists' Mindset, a Better Option

On October 23rd, a wave of grief swept across the country after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while he was guarding at the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill. The gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau made his way to centre block but was shot dead by the Parliament Hill security personnel. At the time, parliament was in session, all parliamentarians panicked and the prime minister hid himself in a closet.
Sadly, this was a second deadly attack against a Canadian soldier just in three days. On the previous Monday Martin Rouleau ran down two soldiers in Quebec with his car. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, died of his injuries. Rouleau was also shot dead by police.
With regard to Ottawa shootings, no Islamic State link was found. And, there is no evidence so far about the links to Middle Eastern Islamist extremists, the government has said. Courtesy BBC NEWS
Our Deep condolences are for the families of slain soldiers, friends and colleagues of Cpl. Cirillo; we pray for the faster recovery of the injured ones.
Obviously, there is a lapse in Canadian security system that led to failure in Quebec and Ottawa. Most probably, the insufficient security or the ongoing security related flaws need an urgent attention. Even the military base entry points must be guarded effectively by arming the security personnel for obvious reasons. Otherwise, without enough precautions we are merely sitting ducks.
Subsequently, Prime Minister Harper issued a statement, so did Mr. Justine Trudeau.
Only a few lines out of Justin Trudeau remarks are reproduced as follows: “We have remained Canadians and this is how we will carry on. We will get answers to how and why this happened. They will be vital in preventing any future attack. And to our friends and fellow citizens in the Muslim community, Canadians know acts such as these, committed in the name of Islam, are an aberration of your faith. Continued, mutual cooperation and respect will help prevent the influence of distorted ideological propaganda posing as religion. We will walk forward together, not apart.” 
Beyond doubt, both the quality and tone of Justin’s remarks are impressive and praiseworthy. He seems to be having the capability of capturing the feelings of a nation and giving expression to it.
Jumping conclusions: Amid the ongoing Islamophobia/ Islam bashing, some groups/individuals loved the incidence as they were anxious for blaming the Muslims and the religion of Islam.
The evidence shows the drug addict gunman was having trouble with the law and parents; he suffered from social/psychological issues as he was involved in robberies and other criminal activity. He insisted to be jailed. As a recent convert to Islam, he maintained his stand of finding some rehabilitation religiously.
Aasim Rashid, spokesman for the B.C. Muslim Association, said not everyone at the Burnaby mosque had a good opinion of Zehaf-Bibeau, but that if he was becoming radicalized, he didn't let on. (CBC)
"He apparently was not a very well-mannered person," said Rashid. "The people who have interacted with him described him as kind of rough and maybe a little rude."
"At one point, he raised an objection at the Burnaby mosque that he was sort of floating in and out of for a period of three to four months," Rashid said. "He didn’t like the fact that the mosque was so open and welcoming." He objected to Masjid al-Salaam and Education Centre in Burnaby, B.C., allowing in non-Muslims
According to Rashid, eventually, mosque administrators sat down with Zehaf-Bibeau to explain that the facility was open to other groups in order to work together on common issues. He was told to leave if he had problem but he didn't raise similar concerns again. He started sleeping in the mosque premises without permission. "When the mosque administration found out, they asked him to leave immediately and asked him never to do that again. 
"He stole the keys, and when they found out he had keys, they changed all the locks," he said. Ottawa shooting: Full CBC coverage
The Government of Canada takes a principled approach in responding to the threat of terrorism. Canada’s counter-terrorism efforts at home and around the world are grounded in respect for the rule of law and human rights. Human rights are enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and protected by mechanisms of accountability. The need to ensure respect for human rights also stems from applicable human rights and humanitarian law. The Government of Canada is committed to promoting the safety and security of Canadians, and of our international partners, without undermining these rights and eroding the very values that Canada strives to protect. Source: Public Safety Canada’s 2013 Report on the Terrorist Threat
Good thing is the religious scholars believe their mission now is to reveal the true intentions and dangers of IS (Islamic State), as a party that is using Islam to recruit people, especially the youth, to carry out its nefarious agenda.
The Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia has done the right thing by labeling IS a criminal and terrorist movement.
The IS phenomenon requires a response on religious and ideological levels. However, it is also clear that there is a certain immaturity in a society that does not have the capacity to reject illogical and irrational acts.
Therefore, the parents too need to keep an eye on the behaviour and company of their children.
Indeed, Islam is a religion of moderation and peace, whereas, extremism, terrorism and suicide attacks are un-Islamic hence are forbidden acts.

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