Legacy of hatred

The weight of history can prove to be burdensome many times. While it is knowledgeable to remember, but it requires much more courage to move on from it. Indian Muslims face a lot of injustice in India; it’s the price we pay to be a minority. Only through Twitter did I connect with a few Indian Muslims and it gave me an insight on how they think. Surely, I am an Indian Muslim too, but these online friends were much more passionate and involved with the cause.

I cannot but make an observation, which will touch a nerve with many. Feel free to disagree.

We have lived as victims for so long that I don’t see any reason why we should continuously accept it. I am lucky to be a born in a house where finances were never a concern, but I feel that the educated Muslims, who clearly have a leverage over the illiterate ones, should make an active effort in breaking this victimisation. The illiterate and the poor suffer, I agree. But what is the point of the educated new generation if they play along to this stereotype?

We really need to move on and fix our skin and deeper within. On Twitter, I have seen many so-called educated professionals who spew hatred (religious and otherwise). It makes me wonder what the value of their education is if they are continuing the legacy of hatred.

Why always blame others? Why can’t we accept our own shortcomings and come together to create something fabulous and life-changing? Why can’t Muslims be known for something positive, instead of revelling in their own victimisation. I don’t want to accept being a victim and I try to inculcate the same feeling in the people who I teach/work with.

People seems to have a thin skin these days; everything seems to offend them. Let the ‘victim’ tag offend you. Let’s look beyond the scars of yesterday and while we don’t forget, we also don’t have to see the future tainted with the past. If so, we will never be happy and we will never be able to make a new start, which we desperately need. 

  1. Moronic comment #1? I fail to see the point of the post. Are you suggesting Muslims in India are not systemically marginalized? Or that when some raise their voice about this marginalization, you have an issue with how they get their point across? A culture of victimhood is prevalent in every community, minority or majority. Its simply a trueism in life. Witness the widespread anger and discontent among the older white male population of America who see themselves as victims in their society, a canard promulgated continuously by right wing media (print, radio and La Faux). And how exactly do you ‘break the culture of victimization’? By changing your attitude to it? Perhaps. But that’s easier for one to do when one does not face victimization on a daily level. Witness the arbitrary arrests of Muslims by Hyderabad police for the bombings in the mosque. One breaks this culture of victimization by attacking the root cause(s) of the victimization accompanied by a change in attitude. Else we are all simply being told to not feel sorry for Lady Godiva and instead look away and be chirpy!By

  2. Robert David Graham said:

    So when some moronic preacher in America burns a Koran, or cartoonists draw pictures of Mohammed, your thick skin will ignore it? Or will you respond with anger?

  3. Masarat Daud said:

    @Robert: It’s funny you think that the only two reactions to such a thing can be ignorance or anger. That’s precisely what this post is about: finding the road in-between. When such acts happen, you are supposed to educate people (write, talk, inform) and rise above petty people. If you respond with anger, how are you any better than the guy who burns the Qur’an? Tolerance is key. My path is longer but it is better than those who fuel the negative Muslim stereotype.@fauxmonkey: Just because you disagree doesn’t make this a ‘moronic’ comment. I have reserved that phrase for people who criticise for the sake of it. Anyways. I think you HAVE missed the point of the post. I agree that victimisation occurs on most levels in society–Indian Muslims aren’t the only ones persecuted. I also agree that when you face the injustice, it’s difficult to change your attitude of being a victim. That is why, I mention that the onus of change is on people like us, who haven’t see the atrocities that many other Indian Muslims have seen. We have to create a positive environment by creating a positive attitude, which in turn, creates better opportunities for our people. How are you any better off by carrying the legacy of hatred despite your fancy education and travels? Someone must take a different step.

  4. Devpriya Bajoria said:

    good stuff

  5. Mita Ray said:

    You are an amazing, inspirational woman and I hope voices like yours shall always prevail!

  6. @Robert Of course it would offend me if someone knowingly insulted anything I love, whether it be my family, my country or my faith. I would certainly voice my displeasure in words and don’t see anything wrong with that. But that doesn’t mean I or Muslims in general should condone violence in either or any of these cases. The Prophet (PBUH) treated his worst enemies with kindness, and more often than not, forgave them their trespasses, however grave. We can only hope to have a millionth of that patience and fortitude. As it is said in the Quran (rough translation)"Verily, man is bound to lose himself, unless he be of those who attain to faith, and do good works, and enjoin upon one another the keeping to truth, and enjoin upon one another patience in adversity" Ch 103 v2-3@MasaratI think I still don’t see your point. You are mixing up two arguments in my opinion. Once is the response to hatred through hatred, and another a culture of victimization. Your argument ‘Indian Muslims are not the only one persecuted’ is silly. Its akin to saying why complain about one crime when so many other crimes are committed. I agree with you that the focus needs to be on improving the condition of the community (as you so whole-heartedly do), but you must forgive us our whines and peccadilloes every now and then…Just kidding about the moronic comment of course, coudn’t resist pulling your leg..

  7. Alshaar Khan said:

    As far as victimisation is concerned, I think very often the victims call it upon themselves. Staying distant from what is happening around you doesn’t help. The taleem(eduaction) of Deen(religion) and Duniya is equally important and this fact needs to be detailed among the common Muslims. India is a great country and nowhere else in the world would you see so many privileges being given to a minority.I have grown up in an atmosphere where I have had very very few Muslim friends, but never have I felt ‘victimised’. ‘What goes around comes back around’ and that is what applies to your theory of ‘victimisation’. From what I think, the problem evolves from the fact that religion is in wrong hands today, especially Islam. The so-called torchbearers are the ones who pollute the minds of the poor and the less educated. Islam is a very scientifically based religion, and all of it needs to be presented to the common Muslim in a far better way than it is being done today. The blame games can last forever, but until someone initiates, the sad condition shall persist.

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