The news I heard today was devastating. I could picture the whole scenario of how it is for Christians to go church every Sunday, the preparation done all week by families and the excitement for Christians to dedicate their Sunday mornings to the praise and worship of their God. And then to be met with such barbaric inhumane attack just broke my heart. Today leaving the Church didn’t mean leaving the Church to go home to enjoy a warm lunch instead it meant to leave someone they dearly loved their father, mother, brother, sister, friend, or relative behind and to spend the rest of their lives trying to fill up that hole left in their lives.
Sudden loss is the most painful and irrecoverable kind of loss that the human mind and heart can face, the pain always remains alive. Its very easy for a brainwashed men who are engineered for one purpose alone; death, to blow themselves up. But for the victims who have to live with the effects of such incidents it is hell.
Last night I was grieving over the Christian Boota Masih who was slaughtered under the false accusations of blasphemy and today this bloody massacre at the All Saints Church in Peshawar where 78 were killed and over a 100 injured. Being Christians, we know that persecution is a part of our lives and that we will face it. But what truly breaks my heart is the flood of innocent blood that is washing over our country. Pakistan is drowning under this blood and we have to answer for it all. What is our justification for it?
Whenever I have condemned such atrocities on the social media the strongest response I have received is that I am trying to defame Pakistan. That I am anti Pakistani. And the biggest of all is that I am anti Islam. I was shocked to see my very own friends who have known me for half their lives say this to me just because I stood up for justice and equality for a human being that too my own country fellow. I was willing to put myself in their shoes and understand their loss. To understand how I would have reacted if I had faced that persecution, discrimination or hate. Which I have on various occasions. What I never understood was how speaking up for peace for the Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs that belonged to Pakistan was anti Pakistan? Or as Muslims claim that Islam is the religion of peace and equality how speaking for another human being was anti Islam?
It is very easy for us to blame the Taliban for every slaughter and barbaric act that takes place in our country. To wash our hands off everything saying our country is corrupt and there is nothing we can do. It is very easy to be delusional and live in a fantasy Pakistan that is only limited to our houses or dreams. And not come out of our little bubble. But WE are the true culprits because we see, know and understand what is going on. We know what is happening is wrong but we are not willing to speak up, We are not willing to call a spade a spade we do not want to come out of the little protective bubble we live in and reach out to our neighbors who are suffering. The thing is if we continue to live like this we will not have a country anymore. There will be no land, houses or families. There will only be blood. And the fault will not be anyone’s but ours because we were too busy or too scared to care.
As William Wilberforce says, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” We are letting our country go into the wrong hands and there is no one else to blame but us.