THANK YOU: #illridewithyou

2014-12-16 05:55

(Australian Muslims hand out flowers and water bottles to people in Sydney)

The siege at the Lindt Chocolat cafe in Sydney, Australia, is a very disturbing and shocking incident. It is a criminal action that requires total condemnation by people of every faith. No reason or no thought can justify such extreme behaviour.

Expecting Muslims to face backlash or reprisal after Sydney cafe siege, a number of Australians have pledged their support to the Muslim community, turning to social media to spread a message of tolerance.

The hash tag “I'll ride with you” (#illridewithyou) where people from around Australia, publicly reached out to the Muslim community, via twitter and other social media, and offered to accompany them home or to work if they felt intimidated and unsafe, really made me feel pleased and renewed my faith in ‘humanhood’.

The hashtag #IllRideWithYou trended globally as news reports suggest that women in traditional Muslim dress had been scared or intimidated on public transport in Sydney.

Rachael Jacob’s simple offer to walk with a Muslim woman as they got off a Brisbane train, sparked a social media campaign under the hashtag #illridewithyou.

According to social analytics tracker Topsy, the hashtag has been tweeted more than 166,000 times in the eight hours following @sirtessa’s tweet.

This kind response is truly a touching and inspiring gesture which proves beyond all doubt that ultimately people’s sense of community and camaraderie will always remain as bonded as ever, despite this criminal action by some misguided, ill-informed and delusional individual or group.

This is a fine example of how social media can be used constructively. It is a brilliant model to follow and emulate. This kind gesture reminds us or rather proves to us the importance of dialogue and living together, which alone can lead to a harmonious and peaceful society.

To quote Rachael Jacobs, the Brisbane woman whose kind gesture sparked the #illridewithyou social media movement: “The hash tag “I'll ride with you” reminds us that we can overcome fear and ignorance with a pledge to treat each other with respect. It’s a reminder that decent Australians don’t hold an entire group of people responsible for the actions of one man. Racists, bigots and anyone who dares to derive a message of hate from this tragedy – it is you who are unwelcome here. Your values have no place in civilised society, and if you spread intolerance, there's an avalanche of kindness ready to take you down.” (Fairfax Media, December 16).

Such initiatives will help prevent the continued cycle of ignorance, suspicion, intolerance, hatred and violence. This can also help to promote better cross religio-cultural relations and, hopefully, may even improve understanding of those with whom we live, work and interact with.

Commonalities are to be sought from various faiths to validate universal and positive values such as human rights and development, poverty, ubuntu, tolerance, rule of law, peace, equity, solidarity, coexistence and justice, and address growing ignorance, intolerance and inequalities in societies.

Live and let live. There is a better future waiting for us if we all do our part as responsible individuals and work towards the greater good.

A BIG Thank YOU to the Australians for showing the world on how to react to adversity and heinous crimes.

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