The recent brutal terror attack on the Al Noor Masjid in New Zealand has once again shown the growing hatred against the Muslims in and outside India. The barbaric terror attack in which 49 people were killed and dozens of other sustained serious injuries is one of most brutal terror attacks and first of its kind on foreign soil when such a mass killings happened.
The attacker, who has been identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian citizen is a white supremacist, based on his social media activity.
Footage of the attack on one of the Masjids was broadcast live on Facebook, and a “manifesto” denouncing immigrants as “invaders” was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.
The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor Masjid, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.
The incident is an eye-opener for the vulnerability of Muslims across the world. Talking about the hatred against the Muslim population, India in recent years have also witnessed such kind of incidents in which scores of Muslims were killed. During the past three years, dozens of Muslims were killed in the name of so-called Gow Rakhsha and the irony is that the accused have not been dealt with stern punishments.
Just a month ago many states in India including Jammu city of J&K state was on fire after the killing of 40 CRPF personnel in a militant attack at Srinagar. The entire Kashmiri community faced the wrath across India with hundreds of people having been beaten up and thousands including the employees and students compelled to leave the places. In Jammu, dozens of vehicles of Kashmiris were torched in Police presence. The reason was that the Hindu extremists blamed all Kashmiris for a single militant attack on the CRPF men in Kashmir.
The alarming situation of hatred and terror attacks on Muslims can be seen as part of Islamophobia. Prime Minister of Pakistan in his condemnation tweeted, “I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam and 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles.”
The question arises whether Muslims are the only community that has to be blamed for terror activities. Hundreds of incidents have happened in which non-Muslims conducted and plotted terror attacks but the world community remained silent in terming them as a terror community. Islam is a religion of peace and the entire Muslim population should not be declared terrorists for the involvement of few Muslims in a few terror attacks in the past.