Islam and Judaism both teach us that each person is a universe, for whoever saves a single life, it is as if he or she has saved the entire humanity, just as whoever has killed a single person, it is as if they have killed the entire humanity. As human beings, we are each, wherever we are, the guarantors of each other's destiny. As many other righteous gentiles who risked their lives to save the Jews in the midst of the Holocaust, the brave Muslims who in different parts of the world rescued them were acting on the basis of this human responsibility.
Many Muslims consider the Holocaust, the extermination of six millions of European Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II, a taboo subject. Some believe it was this event that led to the creation of the Jewish state. Others believe that acknowledging Jewish suffering in the Holocaust would be equivalent to supporting Israel and a betrayal of the rights of fellow-Muslim Palestinians. Thus they believe that through their rejection of the Holocaust, they serve the Palestinian cause.
On the contrary, we believe that Muslims' show of respect and compassion for the victims of the Holocaust could only contribute to restoration of mutual trust and confidence; an essential pre-requisite for durable peace.
The Holocaust was unquestionably one of the greatest catastrophes of our times; a landmark event in history. We, as human beings, have an obligation to tell the truth about historical events, even when it is not politically convenient to do so.
So it is our responsibility, as intellectuals, historians, teachers, academics, writers, and anyone who has a tongue to speak or a pen to write, to break down the walls of indifference, silence and prejudice.
At this point, the Holocaust will cease to be a history of "them and us", but a common history of all humanity; a history that Muslims and non-Muslims alike need to study and learn from.
It is in this spirit that we launch this Web site.