Following the ruthless massacre of innocent children and their teachers at a School in Peshawar, Pakistan I posted my facebook profile picture saying “We are Sorry”. I mean it.
We are sorry as individuals, organizations, communities and a nation for having let down our future generations. These students were the brightest light of our country aiming to become doctors, lawyers or soldiers to protect their nation….the same nation that has let them down. What will this nation say to the hundreds of parents who won’t be able to kiss their kids, hold them and cherish them? What will the nation say to the mothers who have lost their heart and soul? No platitudes will bring back the kids.
We are sorry because we are to blame for allowing our faith to be replaced by an evil barbaric ideology that has no respect for human life.
We are sorry because our Masjids, organizations and institutions were asleep when for years this monster has been growing within us. It was spawned within and has only grown because we did not have the courage to stand up and shut up those who were promoting hate. We allowed the extremists and terrorists to speak for us.
We are sorry because Pakistan calls itself an Islamic country and but no one has the gall to ask them which Islam are they following? Is this the Islam in which killing one person is like killing all of humanity? Is this the Islam in which compassion, mercy and justice are top of the list? Obviously not. So where is the push back?
We are sorry because we are unable to articulate that Pakistan is in a hopeless situation. The Government is corrupt; the elite have assets overseas and just don’t care. It’s the masses struggling to make a living and educate their children who are caught in this battle and have no options. Who can they turn to? In desperation they are turning to us – the Global communities – not for sympathy but to prove that while having won a land where Muslims could live in peace they have lost.
Most of all we are sorry because we have sunk to a depth so low that we still look for conspiracy theories, we still look at others to blame when we only have to look at ourselves and ask some hard questions about how we got here and where we are going.
If we don’t wake up now, we are doomed because religiosity is not the answer – humanity is. And the souls of 130 angels are waiting for us to find justice for their bloody massacre on the darkest day of our lives December 16, 2014 – a day that will never be forgotten.
We are sorry.