How do we react when faced by tragedy? This is a question that defines us as human beings.
The true Muslim reacts by forgiving those who have wronged them. The munafiq (hypocrite) reacts with bittereness and hatred he carries throughout his life.
This is the story of two men, both born into ‘Bangladeshi’ Muslim families.
One, Rais Bhuiyan, was an innocent victim of Mark Stroman a white supremacist gunman who post 9-11 and no doubt inspired by the kind of anti-Muslim hatred whipped up by sites like Spittoon and Harrys Place shot Mr Bhuiyan at point-blank range, , (he still has 39 pieces of metal embedded in his head and has lost the use of his left eye).
Mr Bhuiyan’s reaction? As a Muslim he forgave Mr Storman and indeed campaigned for him to be pardoned.
Now compare this with Faisal Gazi , an apostate born in a Muslim family. During the 1971 war Mr Gazi’s Uncle an Awami League rebel and terrorist, was allegedly killed by Jammat-e-islami activists defending their country of Pakistan. Unlike Mr Bhuiyan this event did not happen to Mr Gazi himself and indeed he was not aware of it at all, having been only 2 at the time. But how has he reacted to this?
Answer: Unlike Mr Bhuiyan, a true Muslim who chose the path of forgiveness, (as practised by the Prophet (pbuh) when he conquered Mecca) Mr Gazi, the munafiq, has use HIS family tragedy to stir up extreme hatred of Muslims. Unlike Mr Bhuiyan, who forgave his attacker and indeed campaigned for him, Mr Gazi still carries an extreme grudge against not just the men who killed his khawarij uncle, but all members of the Jamaat e Islami, including those not born at the time, and indeed against all Muslims. It is a hatred which twists him into supporting and getting into bed with fellow Muslim haters.
No better illustration of the superiority of true belief vs disbelief could be shown.