I Will Not Rejoice in the Death of an Enemy

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate: only love can do that.

 – Martin Luther King, Jr.


8 Responses to I Will Not Rejoice in the Death of an Enemy

  1. Mignon says:

    I and many of my friends have posted this on FaceBook. As William Blake wrote:
    “O rose, thou art sick!”
    May this sickness be not unto death.

  2. mairedubhtx says:

    Thank you for posting this. We cannot rejoice in the death of any human being. The situation was necessary but not one for celebrating. I am ashamed at the behavior of the American people.

  3. Lat says:

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s so full of meaning esp to those who understand what darkness and light is all about.

  4. Irving says:

    Thank you for the kind comments, dear friends :) It is indeed difficult to escape the ancient call for revenge, even for those that consider themselves civilized. May God forgive us our sins.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Hajar Alwi says:

    Brilliant choice of words. I was quite perturbed by the tantamount posts revolving how people are rejoicing upon his death. Death shouldn’t be cause for celebration.

  6. Rizal Affif says:

    Very nice and timely quotation, Irving.

    This even makes me feel ashamed of my own behavior.

    For the striking reminder… thank you.

    And bow to you.


  7. akhter says:

    Great post but just a clarification, the first sentence was not said by Martin Luther King.

  8. Ify Okoye says:

    Brilliant, much needed reminder.

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