May 3, 2007

Kurdish teenager Dua - By Peter Stitt

The Muslims are my people, the Yezidis are my people, the Jews are my people, the Hindus are my people, the Buddhists are my people, and I am a Christian and they are my people.  Is it so difficult to work out why I feel this way from the Holy books we have been gifted by God?

Whilst many of my "clever" friends may find my religious beliefs prosaic and sometimes mock me, I am a firm believer in the one God of all humanity and of all nature.  I have seen evidence of my God (Allah) in my children and many other places and in the kind acts of strangers.  I have lived with Muslims and found that we thought, felt, and acted the same way.

In the Taurat and also in the Quoran there is reference to:  "In the beginning all mankind was one nation", the implication being that our separate paths had resulted in the problems that had befallen mankind and that the "one nation" era was Allah's perfection.  I agree with that notion because the evidence of  the last seven years of my relationship with Kurdish people supports that view. We should be one people.

Forget the labels:  Muslim or Christian and what have you got?  Two people who feel 99.9% the same way about the world.  The only difference is generally something doctrinal like how you should pray!

I strongly support the comments of the KRG spokesman in this case and send my best wishes to the Yezidi community, most of whom would never be involved in such an act of barbarity.  I am a Celt and our belief system came from the same sources as the Yezidi faith and many parts of it were taken up by the Catholic church as it spread across Britain.

At the risk of upsetting people:  God/Allah, sun, earth, nature, are they not one and the same thing?  We are all, in one way or another,"the children of the book" as referred to in the Quoran, and that includes the Yezidis.

I will go further and invite problems:  Christian is Muslim is Jew is Buddhist is Hindu is Yezidi.  It is the same religion with different  labels, different names, different languages, different practices.

I see no differences between all of us so why are people killing each other over religion unless they are just using religion as an excuse for their own problems?

The Dua situation is hideous and I wish it were within the KRG area because I am sure the Kurdish government would punish everyone involved.  I don't think the south-dominated Iraqi regime will place much importance on the issue of a young Kurdish girl's life.  I pray for her and for the people who loved her.  One life is all we have and that little girl has been murdered by a cowardly crowd.  Nobody can sleep easily after such an event.  God bless Dua.


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