Floods of people rioting in the once been “Pearl Roundabout”, news flashing of my beloved Bahrain and the protestors occupying Manama.Yes it has been a year.
What news have’nt fully covered or stressed is the aftermath of this event where neighbours lost each other, divorces happened, people not speaking to their freinds just because they are from a certain sect.
This movement which I personally believe started as to geniunely take the country to the better, without all the political trimmings, turned into a social war.
It saddens me to see people from both sides whom I have become fond off fight or dissmay the other, purely because they are either Shiíte or Sunni, not human!
Yes I am not Bahraini, but my heart is red and white with love for this country which embraced me as its own child. For this, I do feel that I belong to this island, a land that taught me that all sects can live together in harmony, can have the calls for prayers echoing together for Sunni and Shi’ite mosques.
It taught me that Bahrainis were ahead of many countries in the region in accepting all religions and beliefs, as long as you can enjoy a sip of tea and a game of cards in the evening at the local Gahwa (traditional coffee shop for men) or a gossipy mid morning with the women of the house!
If we are truly believers in God, we need to think why were we created different with different believes?
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female And made you into nations and tribes That ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
I seek that each of us read the above with an open heart and remember that God judges, not us, and not anyone else. Bahrain never judged any of us and allowed all of us to live in its beautiful soil, to grow palm trees and make it our home, it never objected…and nor should we.
Forget your politics and look inside your soul…we are all humans of whom we want to belong…so belong to Bahrain and to each other before its too late.
Hearts are worn in these dark ages
You’re not alone in this story’s pages
The light has fallen amongst the living and the dying
And I’ll try to hold it in, yeah I’ll try to hold it in
~ Sara Mclachlan “World on Fire”