Unity – a universal principle!
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern today, one week after the terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch, read a transmission from the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ on Friday prayers:
„The Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said: „The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers pain.“ [Narrated by Muslim and Buhari]
With the following sentence, Ardern made an Islamic principle of unity, which sees believers as one body, a universal principle: „New Zealand mournes with you. We are one!”
You can also understand her statement as: „All people in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers pain.“
With her „We“ she has called the New Zealanders, men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims a body.
When we are honest with people, we suffer differently from victim to victim. We identify differently with some victims than with others. We do not show solidarity with some and with others. At the same time we feel sorry with animals. At least we should. That’s human after all.
We could say a lot about the terrorist attack in Christchurch, everything from shock to wonder.
The victims would be a huge chapter for themselves, whose faces are not forgotten.
We could also say a lot to the Maori and their special solidarity with the New Zealand Muslims with their haka (dance).
We could also say a lot about the perpetrator – may his name fall into oblivion – and his ideology („white supremacy“).
However, I would like to dedicate this contribution to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who embodies more in these times than a politician. „If she’s not nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, then I do not know,“ said a good friend today.
She is not only a role model as a politician, but above all as a human being. Maybe as „Woman of the Year“ or as „Politician of the Year“? She is the face of trust for Muslims who may have lost their confidence in „the West“ or politics because of countless discrimination experiences. She is also a face of peace. She has given comfort to so many people beyond their own country. And she gives courage! So many good virtues and just the opposite of many other players in her industry.
So, if anyone can do it, should propose her for the Nobel Peace Prize.