Humeraa Qamar: Two wrongs do not make violence right

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.

In regard to what has recently been transpiring in the Muslim (mostly Middle Eastern) countries in response to the movie in which the Prophet Mohammed is made fun of in a crude and derogatory manner:

As a Muslin and a human being I am deeply offended and embarrassed by the violent manner in which Muslims of the world have responded to the movie. Two wrongs do not make one right.

The irrational overreaction that has been seen all over the Muslin world is reflective of a deep-rooted sense of insecurity and inferiority that has pervaded most (not all) Muslim states over the last several years. The failure of leadership in these countries has given rise to a multitude of social and economic woes that has eroded the very fabric of these societies. Poverty, hunger and chronic deprivation have led to a sense of hopelessness and resentment among the people of these countries. This hopelessness and resentment has misguidedly been channelized into a hatred of West by the so-called leaders of these countries to cover up their own weaknesses. What better scapegoat than the developed West?

Muslims need to pause to self-reflect. The violence that they are perpetrating in Prophet Mohammed's name was actually abhorred by him and by the Quran, Muslim's religious book. No religion in the world advocates violence, least of all Islam.

Contrary to a common misperception of Islam, it is not a fascist religion. It encourages love, peaceful co-existence and harmony like other major religions of the world.

It is important for all Muslims to speak out against the atrocities being committed by an extremely small minority of Muslims in the name of religion; to loudly proclaim that this minority does not, in any way, shape or form, represent the vast majority of Muslims around the world.

I am a proud member of the Gainesville Interfaith Forum, a group committed to fostering peace, love and understanding among the members of different faiths and ethnic groups, and I unequivocally condemn all violence in the name of religion.

Humeraa Qamar lives in Ocala.

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