Before the start of the blessed month of Ramadan, Daesh made a twisted promise to increase its violence across the world. As Muslims prepared themselves for a month of blessings, rewards and a chance to seek forgiveness for their mistakes, the likes of Daesh plotted and planned to unleash a wave of terror across the globe.
As Ramadan draws to a close and the majority of Muslims the world over turn their attention to the rest of the year and look to carry through the good they have achieved in the month, some families will continue to grieve for the loved ones they have lost and the lives that have been cut short because of brutality and violence.
The most recent locations of Daesh’s wave of terror should remove any lingering doubts about its adherence to Islam or any sense of discrimination it shows when it comes to its victims. Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia – Muslim majority countries – were the latest victims of Daesh terror that proved once again its twisted understanding of the world is not justified not understood by any religion and that once again, Muslims have suffered at the hands of extremists as much as, if not more than anyone else.
Some of Daesh’s Attacks in Ramadan
On 28th June, Istanbul’s Ataturk airport was hit by three suicide bombers armed with assault rifles, killing 41 people and injuring a further 200. The victims included both foreign nationals and Turkish citizens.
On the 2nd July, the Bangladeshi capital witnessed one of the worst terror related atrocities in its recent history as armed gunmen murdered 20 civilians in a 12-hour siege at a local upmarket café. The victims included foreign nationals and Bangladeshi citizens
On 3rd July, as the month of Ramadan was coming to an end and families with young children crowded a busy marketplace to buy clothes and gifts for Eid, the Iraqi capital witnessed one of the deadliest single attacks in years that saw over 200 people killed and scores more injured. In a country where violence has unfortunately become the norm, the sale of this attack surpassed many that have come before it.
On 4th July, the holy city of Madinah and the worldwide Muslim community were left in utter confusion and shock as it emerged that a car had exploded near the Haram al-Nabawi (one of Islam’s holiest sites at the final resting place of the Prophet Muhammad) in what authorities described to be a suicide bombing. The explosion claimed the lives of 4 on-duty Saudi security forces and 2 civilians. The Senior Ulema Council has since condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms and said that those who perpetrated this act had, “violated everything that is sacred“.
When even the holy sanctuary of Al-Madinah is not immune from attacks, the world must take notice and come together collectively to fight back against violence, hate and bigotry.
Whilst there is justified grievances towards certain sections of the media in the way Muslim victims of terror are reported as compared to those in Western countries and a lack of social media outcry, in such turbulent times there needs to be a concerted effort to deal with the root causes of violence and terror and focus our efforts to eradicating it.
In these difficult times, we look to our leaders for direction and guidance. For Islamic thought leaders and scholars, the burden of responsibility rests on their shoulder to continue educating both young Muslims and the wider non-Muslim community on normative Islamic values. As adherents to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) sunnah we must ensure that our actions inspire goodness and that we build trust if we are to improve our situation.