It’s been an entire week since the Batman movie massacre, that has shaken Aurora, Co, and has forced a nation into deep uproar, about gun-control, as well as, the two front-running Presidential candidates to make public outcries about gun-violence. However, when a Muslim observes this tragedy, and, a tragedy it definitely was, we must also reflect upon many of our own aspirations to catch the very first viewing of Batman: Dark Knight Rises. Muslims were making any & all types of excuses, asking all types of religious questions, to various religious personalities, concerning the religious permissibility of watching this final segment of this newest Hollywood spin on the well-known Batman saga, instead of preparing to concentrate on fasting during the Month of Ramadhan, whose first day coincided with the 20th of July. Muslims around the world annually anticipate the coming of Ramadhan, as a way to redeem ourselves & reform ourselves, to make us better Muslims & overall better Human beings, through our fasting & various other positive actions, while at the same time, disregarding any & all negative actions & behaviour.
Now, in spite of what had happened, at the hands of one James Eagan Holmes, responsible for the carnage in Aurora, we, as Muslims, must honestly ask ourselves, “If I were in Aurora, knowing what I know about what had happened, would I still go to see the Batman movie?” Not surprisingly, many Muslims would definitely say “Yes” if they were to ask themselves this question. It shows a true disconnect with reality. And, the reality is that death will come for all of us, both Muslim & Non-Muslim, alike. The question now, is whether we will be ready to meet our Lord.
Let’s go off on a tangent, just a lil’ bit, and place some focus on James Holmes & the victims. James Holmes seemed like the typical all-American boy: straight-A student, Ph.D. candidate, the works. But, there was a dark void inside of him, that he felt necessary to fulfill at any cost, regardless of its consequences. He was haunted by some demons that was consuming him, and, in turn would destroy precious lives, without any type of justification what so ever. Then, there are the victims of this tragedy, whom they & their families deserve our utmost sympathies & condolences. Death is never an easy thing to cope with, especially when it hits home-base, effecting those whom we love, and, especially when it’s a direct result of senseless violence.
These people, cut down by Holmes just wanted to see a movie, enjoy the weekend. But, they meet their end in a very horrific way, that has sent their families into unspeakable turmoil, and, for what reason? So, some guy can live out a demonic fantasy, to be the Joker?!!! The actions of Holmes have sparked a nation-wide discussion, among politicians, community-activists, public personalities, etc., about gun-control. But, what about the discussion to help the families of these victims heal?!!! That’s just as much of a prevalent issue as the weapons that these people claim to want off of the streets.
The true issue is that our societies glorify violence & carnage, via entertainment, The Godfather, Scarface, The Sopranos, The Wire, Spartacus, etc. However, when someone goes off, and starts to want to manifest violence that they see, being depicted through media, no one wants to take responsibility for their contribution to our violent world. Now, don’t get me wrong: James Holmes was dead-wrong for what he’s done-I’m sure that he’ll receive the maximum available punishment for his crimes in Colorado, and, also, in the Hereafter, he’ll have to be held accountable, to Allah, the Lord of the Universe, for his actions. But, what about our own actions, which encourage violence on the big screen, but condemn it in reality.
Honestly, this is very hypocritical-We must hate violence all-around, not jst when some monster takes a weapon & massacres people in a theater, but, also, as well, when we’re watching our favorite mob & crime films & T.V. shows. We’ve become so desensitized by violence & its effects, that eventually, if not corrected by our societies, will promote not only more copy-cat incidents like this, but the nearly irreversible disregard for the sacredness of life itself. We all, regardless to whether you’re a politician, an actor, an executive producer of a show, a radio host, a music star, an educator, a parent, an older sibling, a religious leader, whomever, and, what ever you may be, we all have significant influences over one another, whether we’re willing to accept this or not. So, it’s really up to all of us, to change the tide of violence in our societies, to prevent Humanity from falling into the abyss of violence.