Rabat - A Facebook post by Belgian-Moroccan film and theater director Ismaël Saidi earned more than 15,000 “likes” on the social media site last week for answering a question on the minds of many followers of Islam: “Why aren’t Muslims condemning the terrorist attacks en masse?”
Rabat – A Facebook post by Belgian-Moroccan film and theater director Ismaël Saidi earned more than 15,000 “likes” on the social media site last week for answering a question on the minds of many followers of Islam: “Why aren’t Muslims condemning the terrorist attacks en masse?”
Saidi is best known for his eight-act play called “Jihad,” which follows the “tragicomic” experience of three young Belgian Muslims who swear their allegiance to Allah, but have never read the Koran. The members of the group get recruited by a terrorist organization and decide to travel to Syria in order to “save” their Muslim brothers.
The play – which will be showed in the Flanders region of Belgium and France in 2016 – has been sold out since December 2014, according to Worldcrunch, an English language news source.
Slate, an American news site, published an English translation of the post, which was originally written in French. The translated text of viral the post is shown below:
“Why aren’t Muslims taking to the streets en masse to condemn the attacks?,” Saidi asks at the post’s start.
“Because we’re driving the taxis that have been taking the population home for free since yesterday …Because we’re caring for the wounded in hospitals …Because we’re driving the ambulances that are racing through the streets like shooting stars to try to save what life remains in us …Because we’re at the reception desks of the hotels that have been welcoming onlookers for free since yesterday …Because we’re driving the buses, the trams, and the subway cars so that life can continue, though wounded …Because we’re still looking for criminals in our police, investigator, and magistrate outfits …Because we’re crying for our dead, too …Because we are no more spared than anyone else …Because we are doubly, triply bruised …Because the same faith produced the executioner and the victim …Because we’re groggy, lost, and we’re trying to understand …Because we spent the night on our doorstep waiting for a person who won’t come back again …Because we’re counting our dead …Because we’re in mourning …The rest is only silence …”