Sri Lanka Bombings
A friend reached out to me last night - he asked me to talk him out of something.
The Sri Lankan attacks are a horrific crime and show the worst of humanity. People went to Churches to pray and they deserved better. People went to Hotels to let their guard down and relax - and they deserved better too.
The news is hard to take - especially as the Christchurch massacre is still raw in our minds. It seems every other day we hear about the killing of innocents on the news.
My friend had responded to people blaming Muslims for the attack - even though as of right now - no one has claimed responsibility. He had left messages defending Muslims and Islam on Reddit and come back to find 38+ replies and was afraid of being drawn into a painful online argument.
I did my best to talk him out of it - pointed out that while it is natural to defend one's identity and people from attack we have to also listen to what the Quran says on the matter.
"Indeed, those who disbelieve - it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them - they will not believe." Surah 2 Al-Baqarah, Verse 6.
He responded with a more nuanced verse:
"And it is not for a soul to believe except by permission of Allah, and He will place defilement upon those who will not use reason." Surah 10 Jonah, Verse 100
It is hard to argue with people whose hearts are closed and who use their minds as filters. We want to sincerely talk with people who use reason - to understand and to agree together with them what is true, and right, and good.
That means sometimes you have to accept pain from those who rage at you unjustly, who don't realise you aren't responsible for the actions of others, and who blame you and those like you just because they can.
Love, is about enduring the worst of human behaviour, it is about fighting evil - not adding to it by just reacting.