Friday, July 08, 2005

A time to grieve

The attacks in London yesterday in which at least fifty people have been killed are forbidden by Islamic law. The war on terror is such that we all must have a position in relation to it. And in the rush of opinions that have followed the atrocities, various people from Tony Blair to Tariq Ali have reasserted their positions vis-à-vis the war on terror. This is because there is a huge price to pay for being wrong. It remains however unclear as to who the perpetrators were and more importantly why they decided on such a course of action. Instead, I wish to suggest that now is a time to grieve and reflect. Those of us in the Muslim community should consider whether this event is hopefully an aberration or whether it is the beginning of another chapter. Whatever the case, we have to consider our response. May God return peace and calmness to this land.