A FACEBOOK (FB) post on November 14, offering a fresh take on the Paris attacks, has gone viral, receiving 17,000 shares as of November 16.
The author of this FB post is a Singaporean Muslim currently based in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan (there is no other publicly available information). The Paris attacks on Friday November 13 that took the lives of at least 129 people is the worst attack on French soil since World War II. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has since issued a statement, claiming responsibility for the carnage.
Commenters on Mr Daud’s post have voiced their support for his views, like Mr Christopher Dorai praising it as a “well said” post, and Ms Niki Draper calling Mr Daud a “reformer at heart”.
Denizens of FB who shared Mr Daud’s post have generally affirmed his message, agreeing that the Muslim community should police extremists committing crimes in the name of Islam. Some like Mr Amit Shinodore who said: “It is always the Family’s responsibility to fix the black sheep”, argue that stepping up and claiming responsibility for the problem would help counter religious extremism.
While the idea that religious extremism is a problem best addressed by moderates is not a novel one, Mr Daud’s position suggests a greater involvement on the part of Muslims. Can moderate Muslims do more to stop extremism? Perhaps that question would be best answered in the weeks to come, as the world decides on a response to the unfolding tragedy.