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‘We should maintain guard against killings by radicals’ ‘Holocaust could happen again’

A few days ago, on April 28 2014 passed the Devastation and Heroism Day which commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943 against one of the most heinous crimes in human history: the Holocaust.

The evil Nazis and their partners in crime murdered six million Jews; just because they were Jews. What is important to remember about the Holocaust is that it could have happened to any other people; Muslims for example.

In addition to murdering millions of Jews the Nazis also murdered more than 250,000 Roma (gypsies). The criminal Nazis would have murdered more than six million Jews if they were able to do so.

However, due to God’s intervention; the resistance of the innocent victims of the Holocaust, this atrocious crime had to be stopped. It is important for people who follow a different religion than Judaism to remember that the fascist Nazis exalted racial superiority; their victims were people who belonged to a different religious and racial background. It is also important to remember that the horrors of the Holocaust could happen again.

But, how can we prevent such atrocity from happening again? Spreading knowledge about the Holocaust; revealing its destructive impact on the human race; and continuing to educate people around the world are few precautionary procedures we can take against genocide. Peace loving people around the world can draw different lessons from remembering the Holocaust. For example, reminding today’s fascists, terrorists, racial and religious extremists that the entire human family will not tolerate to remain silent against any threat of genocide.

The world ignored for a while what was happening in Rwanda, and the consequences were devastating with the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.

Remembering the Holocaust as a crime against humanity should remind us as humans that there are still some criminal minds who wish to repeat it. Those who glorify terror, support extremist religious and racial ideologies can become in fact the new Nazi threat. It is actually not enough to remember what happened to the Jews more than 60 years ago, but to keep our guard against similar threats.

One potential threat to world peace is the radicalization of some young Muslims in European and Western societies.

Either failing to integrate positively in their Western societies, or because of extremist family upbringing some young Muslims get exploited by bloodthirsty terrorists.

However, it is almost impossible for any sane or rational Muslim to equate the peaceful messages of Islam with the fabricated terrorist ideologies. Jihad in fact, refers to achieving self- control against the hardships of daily life; it has nothing to do with hatred of non-Muslims. In our Holy Quran God says: “whosoever kills a human being, except (as punishment) for murder or for spreading corruption in the land, it shall be like killing all humanity; and whosoever saves a life, saves the entire human race” (Al-Ma’idah 32).

Terrorizing the innocents in the name of Islam tarnishes the image of this originally peaceful faith. What happened to millions of Jews in the 1930s and 1940s at the hands of the murderous Nazis should not be allowed to happen again to any racial or religious group.

We as Muslims, Christians, and Jews or of any other faith should remember the Holocaust by fighting back against its criminal premises and fabricated assumptions.

khaledaljenfawi@yahoo.com

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By: Khaled Aljenfawi

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