Fitna — redux
My very first post was about fitna (that is, division). I wish I had good news. But sadly, all these years later, things are perhaps even worse. On the one hand, CIC has not quite lived up to its initial promise, being divided on leadership issues itself. On the other hand, the Mosque itself has seen some ugly leadership tussle, with one Imam forcibly stopped from entering the premises. Meanwhile, the two institutions continue their mutual antipathy.
Things got downright ugly last Ramadan. While both institutions agreed to fast for the 30th day because the new moon wasn’t sighted, at 630am the Mosque announced it was the Eid day. The result? A sad spectacle of believers breaking their fast and rushing to the Eid congregation.
And the division is hurting the community, which is growing at a rapid pace. A third mosque/centre is needed as the city — and the community — expands geographically. In fact, a third mosque is being built — itself a source of some messy stuff. More importantly, this yet-to-be-built mosque has attracted Islamophobic attention — oh, there is a city election in a few weeks, yes, there are racists here, why do you ask?
Ah well, fitna is the natural order of the Ummah. That’s how it has been since the time of the rightly guided ones — after all, three of the four died violently, while the conspiracy theory has it that the other one was poisoned.
And yet, here we are, about to celebrate yet another Eid where, in the words of Nazrul, we forget the friends and foes and clasp hands together (ভুলে যা তোর দোস্ত দুশমন হাত মিলাও হাতে).