Holy Prophet (PBUH) and humanity

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A Hindu taxi-driver reached Victoria Terminus Station with his passengers. As the passengers were alighting, he came across a gory scene. A young man was showering bullets at all directions. The people were frantically rushing towards safety to save their precious lives. Suddenly he saw a Burqa-clad woman, carrying an infant, in her arms running for safe refuge. But in the chaos and bloodbath, she found herself right in front of the terrorist’s nozzle! The driver saw how he cold-bloodedly “gifted” Bullets after Bullets to the woman and her vulnerable infant killing them right at the spot.
Somehow the driver managed to escape from the scene to recount this experience. Also it acted as an eye-opener for him. This Hindu taxi-driver was staunch anti-Muslim. He was of the opinion that Muslims hold immense antipathy towards other religious groups! But this incident changed his mindset forever. Because right in front of his eyes, driver saw how that terrorist (who happened to be a Muslim) did not hesitate a bit to coolly shower bullets after bullets to the woman and the little flower on her arms despite knowing fully well that his target is also a fellow Muslim as she was sporting a Burqa!
This inhuman scene enlightened him to the ultimate reality that terrorism has no religion. Terrorists are terrorists and enemy of humanity; so they don’t discriminate between the religious affinities of their targets. The 132 school students who were massacred in Peshawar on December 16, 2014 shared the same religion with that of their murderers! Merchants of hatred have only one aim in life – to hate all. Zealots of Hindutva had committed Himalayan atrocities for centuries on fellow Hindus who are “low” in “caste hierarchy”!
As Prophet (PBUH), in his last sermon from Mount Arafat, said —— “All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black have any superiority over a white; except by piety and good action”.
And as the Prophet (PBUH) has said, Superiority can be achieved through piety and good action only. In this perspective, the epitomes of humanity named Kailash Satyarthi and Amartya Sen (who have devoted their lives for the helpless, worried, vulnerable and marginalised) or Malala Yosafzai (working relentlessly for emancipation of women and education of girl child) are indeed much much Superior than the rest. By awarding utmost respect to the Prophet and his humanitarian sayings, let the world try to achieve Superiority through piety and action; not through the “might” of barbaric muscle-flexing in the name of religion, race, language, caste, colour or nationality.
KAJAL CHATTERJEE
Kolkata, India

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