Anniversary of a Great Tragedy
It is with great anguish that we are communicating our
heartfelt condolences to the near and dear ones of the brothers and sisters,
whose lives were cut short by the thoughtless cruelty and religious bigotry of
some misguided fundamentalist youths on this fateful day an year ago.
We remember the thousands
and sisters, who were literally butchered, for no fault of their own and
pray to the G.A.O.T.U to bless them with everlasting peace.
Mere condemnation of the dastardly crime against those
innocent and unarmed persons assembled peaceably attending to their
business, unaware of the impending doom will not prevent any recurrence of such
crimes. We feel that certain basics have to be understood for remedying the
deep-seated malady. Mere counter violence will also be unproductive. Let us
explore the remedy.
We feel that the basic tenets of freemasonry have to be
spread among non masons also particularly that of the Fatherhood of God and the
Brotherhood of mankind
together with the three grand principles of
brotherly love, relief and truth. Every human being must realize that we
have all been created by the Almighty God, with equality and with certain
inalienable rights, which include, the freedom
of conscience. Hence, every human being can follow any religion, he or she likes
and adopt any form of worship. All the religions proclaim that committing
homicide is a sin. No religion permits killing of persons even of other
religions. We find several persons in different parts of the world declaring a
holy war on other nations or persons from time to time. I do not think that any
of those persons have any semblance or even an iota of holiness in them. No
religion permits all and sundry to declare holy war on others. No law of any
civilized country empowers any of its citizens to declare war either holy or
otherwise on others for any cause or purpose. It is rather strange that the name
of God is invoked by terrorists and criminals to justify their criminal acts. It
is time that all nations outlaw jihad and the International Community declares
jihad as an offence against humanity and all the civilized governments prohibit
and prevent any of its citizens carrying out any acts of terrorism in any form.
That apart, we think, that it is the duty of every
Freemason to strive and make the world a better to place to live, which can be
achieved by spreading and inculcating in others tolerance and respect for the
rights of others. Every individual in this world has the inherent right to life
and the right to live with human dignity. We have been taught that we should do
to our neighbour as, in similar cases, we would wish he should do to us. Hence,
our duty to our neighbours requires that their rights are respected. We should
inculcate that sense of duty to the neighbours in all non masons also.
On this anniversary of the great tragedy, while remembering
and praying for all those, who had lost their lives, due to terrorism, let us
rededicate ourselves to spread the message and tenets of Freemasonry throughout
the world, which alone can save mankind from the ills of hatred and terrorism.
Webmaster on behalf of Masonic Research Circle conveys our sympathies and prayers. We further pray that the Most High of His unbounded wisdom and goodness may be pleased to bestow peace, tranquility, progress and universal brotherly love and affection on all the Nations.