It is possible to end Terrorism

Sister Zeph
Posted November 18, 2015 from Pakistan

I live in a Muslim Country 99% of the population is of course Muslim, my forefathers belong to this land, I was born from this soil and I will be buried in this soil. I am working to educate girls since years. I am a witness of behaviors of the people in my surroundings and I know they are very intelligent, I know they are hardworking and love to take challenges, they dream and find ways to make their dreams come true, they do charity and help each other, all parents want their children to earn a good reputation in the society, if they were all terrorist I was not supposed to be alive until today.

When they say girls should not go outside, when they say only a girl’s actions can save a family‘s respect and when she cannot fulfill society’s requirement as a girl she has to be killed or she has to be punished. (Which is of course wrong and must come to an end I fighting to end it since 17 years) Why? Because this is what they are being taught, because they are not being taught to accept change, they are not being taught to ask a question, in schools a student cannot ask a question, they are just followers, they have to follow what society says, if they will ask a question they will be considered rebels who does not have a respect or will be boycotted by the society.

Most of them live a life for just show off, they do not live for themselves they live for others, how to eat, what to wear, how to speak, who to get married all the rules are set since thousands of years and they are just following them

There are a few ladies who very kindly are teaching our students at Zeph Education from Western Countries and we know, in knowledge we are hundreds of years behind them , I just watched a Video about Paris in which a man was telling his little son that flowers and candles are to safe us and little boy trusted it.

But here our little children are being taught to play with guns, they feel powerful when keep gun toys in hands; I know many women and men who teach their children to beat other children more and more when they make fun of them. So when they become young they do not feel shy to beat their wives, children or fight with anyone else, they think only might is right so they use power to overcome all the opposition, they do not have knowledge so they do not have logic to do anything , they just do it because this is how it is.

Actually there is no body to use their energies in a positive way. West has all the knowledge with them, they have all the beauties of life with them , their children play with butter flies, they bring flowers to their love once when they get injured by someone, but children in developing countries are being taught to take a revenge.

When we will plant hate in them they will produce hate. When we will plant love in them they will produce love.

Terrorism is about mind sets, this is not about any religion, if we will hate people on the bases of religions nothing will be left in the world but only hate because each person on this earth belongs to a religion, Religions teach love, care and tolerance but their ways of teachings are different, bad people will understand things in a wrong way and good people will learn in a right way, so the terrorism is about the people, the way they think, the way they perceive things.

Because of digital technology our world has become a global village, then in this village why our living standards are different? we are all loyal to our own countries, in the Syllabus of all countries there are many things against other countries so students learn to hate since childhood, they learn that because other country has been fighting with our country so we must hate its people, no matter how good they are, no matter how kind they are, no matter if they were against the wars, no matter if they are peace makers

If we really are living in a global village then we have to remove all the hateful words from all the syllabus of our world, we will have to make sure to give a purpose to every person on this earth, we will have to make sure to let them recognized their abilities, we will have to let goodness overcome their minds, we will have to introduce a same method of teaching all over the world, all the Governments can sit together and can make it possible.

For how long we will keep killing each other and will justify that because they were killing our people so we killed their people, killing can never be justified in any way.

I am a Christian myself and I am proud to be a Christian, I am not against any one, but I have a question, can we deny that once in Christian countries there were many bad things? They fought, they killed, they had battles, there were no rights for women, there was child labor and slavery but then they became civilized

If they can become civilized then all the people of this world can be, but we have to put some extra efforts in it, our think tanks should not sit and discuss how to kill terrorists, but they should sit and think that how to make all the new generations civilized so that there will never be terrorism again .if you will fight and will kill, in that killing you will kill innocent people too because a gun or a bomb cannot recognize, who is innocent and who is not, so if innocent will be killed their children will become terrorist because they are still being taught to take a revenge.

If only a very small number of terrorist can spread terror on such a big scale, remember we who want peace are millions times more than them .

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Sarah Murali
Nov 18, 2015
Nov 18, 2015

Dear Sister Zeph,

What a beautiful path forward you have laid out here. Imagine if the countries of the world were to come together to share the best ideas from every region about how to teach all children peace. Where would the world go in 5 or 10 or 20 years, as those children grow and new generations follow behind? What an opportunity for real and lasting change! It is an opportunity that war will never provide. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Let's re-write the "syllabus of our world," as you said, and teach ourselves to react with kindness when we encounter distrust, and to develop a sincere and compassionate curiosity when we perceive a threat.

Thank you for this perspective, Sister Zeph. The world is lucky to have you as a teacher, sharing this kind of education with your students, and with all of us on World Pulse.

Best wishes, Sarah

Tan Ching
Nov 25, 2015
Nov 25, 2015

Is there the possibility of quickening the process of civilisation then also.....the teaching of an ideology that can be agreed and accepted even religiously for the good for mankind?  Can Muslims scholars share knowledge that serve a positive purpose?

Sister Zeph
Jan 23, 2016
Jan 23, 2016

My dear Pohching

I think first of all we are all human beings and we should love each other as a human being, I do not think what others  are doing or saying I think what I can do and can say to make this world a better place, so all of us have to play our own role and in my point of view this is the only formula to achieve the goal of the world peace 

rhania bensafia
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 15, 2015

I am speechless. It is so true what you are saying . It is because of the mind set.Religion any religion Christianity, the Coran, Buddhism is about love and peace. Yes we must get together and teach each others news ways so there is peace in the world. It just break my heart everyday  knowing that innocents peoples are dying because of our violents acts.It must stop.

I just feel the pain every day and hope that there will be one day where we all wake up and the world is a peaceful place.

I want to thank you for sharing your storie and i am praing everyday for day. I light a candle every night and hope for peace. Therefore I believe peace is coming. It start within us.

I myself do something everyday to help with peace

Thank you

Emily Garcia
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 23, 2015

Thank you so much, Sister Zeph for writing this! What you say is beautiful and so wise. I especially love your closing words here: "If only a very small number of terrorist can spread terror on such a big scale, remember we who want peace are millions times more than them."

I travel home for the holidays - home is near San Bernadino, California where there was just another mass shooting, and this time committed by two people whom the press describe as "radicalized" Muslims - and I'm nervous I will be met with divisive thinking about Muslims, so I will remember your words and not be shy to spread my own words of peace.

Sister Zeph
Jan 23, 2016
Jan 23, 2016

My dear Sarah 

I am so glad to read your comments, yes if we give equal rights, if we give equal respect, if we give education and love to each person on this earth we can control those mind sets which spread hate. 

firs of all we have to love and respect each other without any discrimination 

Sister Zeph
Jan 23, 2016
Jan 23, 2016

Thank you my dear Emily for always being their to read and appreciate the words of my heart, I can never understand how some one can kill a child, a woman, man or even a bird or an animal, some times my students bring flowers for me, but when I think of the pain of the flowers when they are being plucked from their plants it gives me pain also,so I tell my students to do not do it again and  they do not, because I teach them peace , peace for eveything on this earth , that's why I think by showing and teaching peace we can make peace on our earth