Saturday, September 11, 2010

Memory of 9/11


September 11th, 2001. Everybody remember that day. The day that terrorists hijacked two plains and hit it to the two gigantic building in Washington DC.Yes, people were shocked by that disaster. Many people were killed. Christians, Moslems, Jewish, any type of people that were on that building, killed.

Today, it's been nine years since the tragedy happened. The place is now called Ground Zero.
Many Americans think that the Moslem are the terrorists. Moslem did that. That thought reminds me of my exchange year on 2007-2008. When i was trying to do some presentations about Indonesia and Islam. I remember there was a friend who asked me, "Ghina, you are a moslem, are you a terrorist??" That was the strangest question i've ever heard in my life, besides people were asking why i knew Eminem, Rihanna, and Hollywood actors, simply because they thought that Indonesian don't watch TV and MTV (-. -")a. The question about terrorist wasn't like a joking question. It was a serious question. Here are the conversation..
Me: I can't eat pork and Ham because i am Moslem.
D : What?! You are a Moslem??
Me: Yea.. Why?
D : OMG, so are you a terrorist?

Me: ...

D : Isn't your religion taught you to kill people and hit people?

Me: D, Logically, If i am a terrorist, you must be dead by now. But you're alive! So you still think that i am a terrorist afterwards?
D : Umm, no.. But That's what i heard and what i see. Moslems do that..

Me: Here's the thing. I know it's not easy to believe. But i just want you to know
and i
hope you will understand and let you friends know this. Islam itself
literally means "Peace". There is no religion in this world teach their people to
kill the others. In my life, i've never been taught by anyone or anything to kill
people. So do you. In the terrorist-bombing-things, those people are just using
Moslems name as a thing to be blamed. If we remember the tragedy in Georgia
(if i'm not mistaken), was done by Christians. KKK's are Catholics/Christians.
Is it fair if we also say that those people are taught by their religion to kill other
people?
Yea. that was basically my conversation with my friend. Stereotype. That's the big word. Maybe some of us don't realize when we say, "Americans are fat." or "Padang itu pelit". Small things aren't they? But it becomes big thing when we say about big thing as in my conversation above.

My question will be, Why people can think that Moslem are terrorists? the reason is simple. Because we show them that we are. Yeah, some of you will screw around, but it's true.. Let's see what 'a community' in our country does. Radical demonstration, destroying churches, hitting people, yes, that's what they (we) showed them.

I never blame American for hating Moslem. i don't blame Moslem either. But it simply because the Americans don't know what Islam is. They just know bad things that they see. Same with us. We only see bad things that come up in front of TV without buffer it first right? Now, why don't we just show them that Islam is full of peace? Islam is the best thing in the world. Show them what we've been taught since we were kid. Show them that we, as Moslem never kill people without any reason. Show them!

Somehow i think Americans are more open-minded than some Indonesians. But it simply because some of Indonesians are just don't know either. If i can do one thing for this world, i would switch Americans to live in Indonesia and Indonesians live in America for just a month. And we'll see how it turns. I wanna see that 'radical community' in Indonesia to live in America as a Moslem major and see how it ends. I wish i could tell them how it feels to a minority as a Moslem in America. I wish i could show them how hard it is to live on people's thought about terrorist. I wish.

4 comments:

setya said...

pardon, but, actually it was two PLANES, not two PLAINS.

//My question will be, Why people can think that Moslem are terrorists? the reason is simple. Because we show them that we are. Yeah, some of you will screw around, but it's true.. Let's see what 'a community' in our country does. Radical demonstration, destroying churches, hitting people, yes, that's what they (we) showed them.//

and from where our people (and other moslem) get the idea?
"And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers." (2:191)

may i know the answer if an american ask u about that message?
since,since u are a kid, you have been taught about it. he

//Show them that we, as Moslem never kill people without any reason. Show them!//<<and you even suport it! OMG!!

//besides people were asking why i knew Eminem, Rihanna, and Hollywood actors, simply because they thought that Indonesian don't watch TV and MTV (-. -")a.// that`s the best part! LOL!! (we miss mtv)

keep writing! he

Tam said...

Well said my dear. Very proud of you for everything! You are a very special young lady. Don't every forget that!

Ghina Septia Filiana said...

To Setya:

I'm sorry about the PLAINS thing. mistyped. hehe.

Setya, that is what happen to bombers in Bali. Interpret the Holy Qur'an literally .Cut the Surah in Quran and tell people about that literally again. We have 144 Surah in Quran with thousand of Ayat. Is it wise for us to just interpret one of it?
I ask you one thing then. Can you tell me about Surah Al Kafiruun? That tell us not push our religion to others right? How about that?
Look, you can say that when you are in the middle of Moslem community. What happen if you live in the middle of other religion community? Can you tell them that and do what Quran tell you as literally meaning? Kill them and slaughter them? Or i can ask you this, have you kill one of them? i'm sure we know the answer ;)

"and drive them out from whence they drove you out"
that means, we can drive them out, when they drive us out. For that community, they drive people that done nothing! Is it right refer to Quran?

I'm sure we all very educated and think wisely. We live in a modern life, in a diversity world. We can think and act wisely. Even our beloved Prophet Mohammad SAW show us to do it in a very peace way. Why dont we just follow His path?

Yea about MTV. i miss MTV too (for those who dont have TV cabel.lol)

Ghina Septia Filiana said...

For Aunt Tammy, Thank you soo much Aunt Tammy :) I just write whatever i know and i hope it creates betterment :)

Miss you lots! and i hope i can come back to US and absolutely visit you <3