Spiritual Life: No society invulnerable to prejudice

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 July 2018


On July 11, 1995, fifty years after the Holocaust and the world saying “Never Again”, genocide occurred again on European soil.

On July 11, 2018, the communities residing in Redbridge came together to commemorate the victims of Srebrenica in a poignant flag raising ceremony at the Town Hall and to hear the stories of survivors.

The lesson from Srebrenica is that no society is invulnerable to prejudice and intolerance. Genocide does not happen overnight. Hate and fear are carefully taught and drummed into the ear repeatedly and are manipulated for political gain.

By creating division, deliberate stereotyping and propaganda, dehumanisation of the other, comes organised campaigns of persecution and extermination.

When we dehumanize others, we conceive of them as subhuman creatures instead of as human beings, as exemplified by attitudes towards immigrants, sexual minorities, religious bigotry and racism. Anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate crimes proliferate. Islam guides that all human beings were born of a set of single parents, Adam and Hawa.

The guidance of Islam absolutely detests, discourages, and categorically prohibits any discrimination and hatred of any human being based on their race, colour, nationality, creed. All human beings are absolutely equal in the Sight of the Lord, and no human being has any superiority over another except by piety and good actions.

I would urge you to sign the Hate Crime Pledge on the Redbridge website, which sends out the message that “Redbridge does not tolerate hate”.

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