The news can make for very bleak reading. In the last week alone, a number of terrorist attacks have claimed innocent lives in Pakistan, just as they previously did in France, Germany and Belgium.
Mohamed El Bachiri is a husband and father who, like many others, lost a loved one in a terrorist attack. His wife, Loubna, died in the bombings that took place in Brussels in March 2016. A Muslim of Moroccan origin who lives in the Molenbeek region of the city, Mohamed was left with three young sons and has been unable to return to work since the tragic day.
While Mohamed would be forgiven for reacting to his loss with anger, he believes that the only way he’s been able to cope is through love – a love for humanity, a love for his sons, and his love for Loubna.
Find our Facebook video to a ‘Jihad of Love’ here: https://www.facebook.com/ummahsonic/videos/452544148203216/
A month ago, we told you about Mohamed’s ‘Jihad of Love’, in which he pledges to answer hate with love; because unity, understanding and openness are all that can heal the wounds inflicted by extremism. In a TED talk, Mohamed spoke of the great Muslim philosopher Averroes, who contributed not just to his own culture but also to cultures throughout the world. Far from a ‘clash of civilisations’, different civilisations have a shared history.
Given recent events, Mohamed’s message of love may fall on deaf ears. However, few can deny that a better futures calls for a greater sense of understanding, something Mohamed expressed perfectly in his TED lecture:
‘As for me, I am a contradiction. Divided between reason and mysticism, conviction and scepticism. But always, until my last breath, carried by love. In these difficult and uncertain times, I call for dialogue and exchange. And rather than dwelling on the madness and hatred of some, let us turn towards the genius and the goodness of humanity, which are, and will remain, the real source of inspiration and hope for those from whom we are borrowing the Earth: our children.’
In these tough times, we’d do well to remember Mohamed’s ‘Jihad of Love’.
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