“…If anyone slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief (fasad) in the land, it would be as if he slew the humanity and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the humanity.”
[The Qur’an: 5/al-Maidah/35]

 

Genocide is defined as the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. The world has suffered many genocides in human history and, despite progress of civilization, their scope and enormity have not decreased. Genocide is one of the worst crimes against humanity.

Learning about genocides need not be confined within academic spheres. A priority outcome from such learning would be a desire to help prevent (or minimize the potential for) genocides in the future. It may not be imputed herefrom, however, that past genocides are irrelevant. Rather, preventing future genocides requires that we become adequately aware of past genocides, holding accountable, wherever possible, those who committed them.

This field is not a podium for partisan posturing. It calls for people who consider humanity ahead of religious, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, philosophical, and other differences when evaluating crimes against humanity.

In addition, people concerned about genocides are not necessarily seeking vengeance. Rather, they seek justice to help make the future safer for humanity.

My awareness of and interest in genocides did not blossom from merely an academic perspective. Rather, they did because I was too close to one such genocide that in 1971 bulldozed over Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan), when I was only 12.

Even though the extent and severity of genocides vary, the one in East Pakistan would be regarded as one of the worst, based on the sheer headcount and the short time frame during which it was carried out. I am particularly interested in this because it happened within a so-called Muslim country (more appropriately, Muslim-majority country), with some Muslims perpetrating it against their fellow Muslims and other non-Muslim citizens (the Bengalis, or Bengali-speaking segment, including and particularly, the Hindus) of the country. Worse, almost the entire Muslim world not only remained silent but also lent support to Pakistan as a country, which abetted an army to commit the genocide. Even today, many Muslims from around the world seem either unfamiliar with that genocide or quite insensitive to even learn about it.

Thus, an important goal of this site is to create better awareness among the Muslims and to sensitize them about genocide and crimes against humanity in general. Joining the humanity, in partnership, let Muslims neither be victims of a genocide nor be perpetrators either against fellow Muslims or fellow human beings. Let them also join hands with the rest of the humanity to ensure that no further genocide is committed by any group against another group anywhere.

Although my personal interest in genocides was precipitated by the genocide of 1971 in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan), I am equally concerned about ALL genocides and mass killings, hoping to add to the collective cause to help prevent such crimes against humanity in the future. Notably, there were many civilian non-Bengalis as well as Bengalis, who were regarded as anti-liberation, killed – often brutally – during the same period. Also, there were pogroms against non-Bengalis (Biharis, to be specific) during the pre-March 25 period in 1971 and post-Dec. 16 period. Such killing of civilians and brutality are not to be condoned or forgotten either.

An important note: There is hardly any genocide that is not disputed at least in some respect, if not in its entirety. We have made a conscientious effort to add as much pertinent material as possible. However, this site is not specific and comprehensive in regard to other genocides. If for a more balanced view or treatment, certain credible and especially academic works deserve mentioning, please contact me for due consideration.

I welcome your feedback and suggestions. Also, should you have any material to add to this site, please let me know at farooqm@globalwebpost.com.