When our team came into work yesterday morning to reports of a car running over pedestrians and cyclists, before coming to a stop as it tried to breach the outer-security of the Houses of Parliament, we knew that it was going to be another ‘terror attack’.
As indeed, many people also did – it just had all of the hallmarks of another senseless and mindless act of violence.
Each member of our team has previous served in the emergency services / armed forces, and after a few years on the front line you develop an instinctive ‘sense’ that, when it comes to incidents such as these, is rarely ever wrong.
Indeed, I myself was at work, when the delusional suicide bombers decided to murder as many people as possible on the London Underground on 7/7 2005 – not forgetting the carnage that was caused by one of the bombers setting off a device on a packed bus.
And it broke my heart last year, when the Manchester Arena was attacked, killing and maiming YOUNG CHILDREN who were just trying to enjoy life.
Not to mention the other senseless attacks which happened in London last year, plus all of the other similar events which take place around the world.
And yet here we are, 13 years later and this type of evil act is STILL going on; ‘peaking’ last year when there were three atrocious attacks on innocent members of the public.
Following the attacks back in 2015, when I was still serving in the Metropolitan Police, I decided to take the time to actually read the Quran (having also read the Torah and the Bible) because I wanted to try and ‘understand’ why anyone would think for one minute that murdering in cold blood is in ANY way ‘justified’.
We all remember the words uttered by the cold blooded murderers of Lee Rigby.
For me, in the context of what this article is about, the Quran referred, in part, to soldiers on the battlefield who were engaged in hand-to-hand battle and combat when the Quran was written (over a 23-year period starting in cira 22 December 609 CE).
It captured a snapshot of what was ‘normal’ life all those thousands of years ago.
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For me, someone with average intelligence, the Quran was reflective of the world as it was back in ancient times, when it was written.
The true message, again, based on how I interpreted the Quran as a whole when I took the time to read it, was that of peace and of love and of helping others to find such peace and love.
Yes, I do 100% believe in God, but my faith in God has been found as a result of my own journey in this life, whilst also taking into account what has been written about God in many ancient scriptures.
My own faith in God, has NOT been brought about by someone telling me what I should and should not believe in order to push THEIR own Agenda.
At the start of each chapter in the Quran it states: ‘In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful’.
There is NO compassion in the slaughter of men, women and children who are each undertaking their own journey in this life.
There is NO mercy in blowing people up, or mowing people down – so HOW do the people who carry out these attacks whilst misrepresenting religious texts really think that they are carrying out ‘God’s work’ or fulfilling his will?
If an omnipresent all-being all-knowing Lord God wanted us dead, for not believing in him, then we would all be dead.
God does not need ANYONE to do ANYTHING on his behalf unless it is peaceful and loving – such are the references made in many religious texts about God.
In truth, the people who carry out these despicable acts of violence do not even know if their victims are ‘believers’ or not and yet they cite the ‘fact’ that they are doing God’s work by murdering non-believers!?
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When the bombs struck on 7/7, in the days which followed I remember having to take a missing persons report from the family of a young Muslim girl who had not returned home from work.
It turned out, that she was one of the many victims caught up in the murderous attack.
She believed in God, as did her wonderful, caring and polite family and yet she was murdered?
It genuinely saddens me that a religion is being distorted and mis-interpreted by individuals who have hate in their hearts or fear in their minds.
I say ‘hate’ because to motivate yourself to murder your fellow human-beings in cold blood, people whom you have never met, then you have to have an element of hate in your hearts.
Anyone who really believes in God, surely will relate to the notion that the message of God relates to ‘peace’ and ‘love’ – so surely by sharing peace and love, you ARE sharing the message of God?
If I was so inclined to talk to others about finding God, then I would talk to them about how my belief in God has helped me through this life.
I would never, not for one minute, consider murdering someone because they did not believe in God!?
Maybe, at this stage of their life, they just have not found God yet!? Who I am to interfere with their journey!?
And if I saw my fellow ‘believers’ being murdered by people then, as I often did when dealing with murder scenes & victims whilst serving in the Police, then I would take comfort in the belief (my own personal belief) that God has HIS own way of dealing with those who do murder in cold blood.
To believe that there is a ‘fast track’ to Paradise, is to show just how little someone actually knows about the ‘spiritual journey’ aka ‘Ascension’.
There is no fast track to paradise.
But to journey towards such a place, then surely you have to have love and compassion in your heart; just as it says before each chapter of the Quran?
These words, are just my own opinions and thoughts following what I have seen and experienced with my own eyes and ears.
There will be many who do not agree with what I say, but conversely there will be those who do.
And that’s fine.
We don’t HAVE to agree with each other in order to live peacefully alongside one-other.
Maybe if the individuals intent on murdering Gods fellow creation replace the hate that they have with mercy and compassion, then this world would be a nicer place.
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