Swallowed by our prejudices, most of us do not think a minute before condemning a Muslim or blaming the entire Muslim population of the world for each and every terror attack. So consumed are we in our hatred that we turn a blind eye towards the genuineness and goodness of our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Time has shown us now and again that good souls do exist in the world which include a wide section of the Muslim population. It is high time that we learn to draw the line between criticizing radicalization or terrorism and criticizing a religion for the anti-social activities of some of its members.
Have we ever spoken about the religion of Maoists, who are threatening the sovereignty of India every single day? They too are involved in mindless killing of innocent people. Similar was the case of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist group from Sri Lanka. Never have the religions of these groups been spoken about. Then, why the discrimination against Muslims.
The attack on a bus plying Amarnath pilgrims on Monday evening is certainly an act to condemn. Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attack which left seven killed and many others injured. While, we are busy with criticizing Muslims for the attack, we should also know that a Muslim was the reason why 50 other pilgrims travelling in the bus survived.
The Muslim driver of the bus, Sheikh Salim Gafoor Bhai kept driving, as terrorists surrounded the bus and opened fire, to bring the pilgrims to safety. Survivors from the bus have called him brave and are thankful that he didn't stop the bus despite the firing and saved so many lives. But, in our prejudices towards the community, we will fail to recognize his bravery and thoughtfulness.
When we associate Muslims with terrorism, it is also not late to forget that a Hindu LeT operative was nabbed on Monday. The Jammu Kashmir Police arrested Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) resident Sandeep Kumar Sharma for helping LeT attack army convoys and loot money as well as weapons. Sharma, not a Muslim, is a terrorist for our country.
A Muslim, Lassana Bathily, was responible for saving lives of several shoppers during an attack on Jewish Supermarket in Paris in 2015. Similarly, we have seen reports of a Muslim security guard saving thousands of lives during the attack at Stade de France in Paris. Not one, but many such big and small instances flood the internet about how persons from the Muslim community have gone out of their way to safeguard a person or persons or do good for the society. But, we will still look at the radicalized Muslims and blame the entire community for their misdeeds.