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Friday, 8 July 2016

PITY THE NATION Full of Beliefs, Empty of Religion!

Pity The Nation
Full of Beliefs, Empty of Religion!

Corrupt Muslim Leaders Are
Fooling The Corrupt Nations
To Plunder Their Wealth

(M. Javed Naseem)

“Corruption does appear on land and sea
because of (the evil) which men’s hands
have done, that He may make them taste
a part of that which they have done,
in order that they may return.”
(al-Quran 30:41)

The Earth belongs to God Almighty. Whatever we do here, we’ll definitely bear the consequences of that. When we were sent down to earth, we were given a set of rules and regulations to follow. And as in any society, if you break the rules you are liable to punishment or reprisal.
For a layman, things are in black and white. A line has been drawn between right and wrong nothing in between. But the modern man has blurred the line and added colors to the scene. He has no courage to stand up against the evil and has no guts to face the reality either.  Therefore, he walks the blurred line, fooling himself and deceiving others, but at the same time claiming to be fair. He tries to please both sides of the conflict, and sometimes even favoring one over the other. His sweet lies earn him the title of a modern ‘diplomat’. The Almighty says:

“Confound not truth with falsehood,
nor knowingly conceal the truth.”
(al-Quran 2:42)

As a matter of fact, a tactful liar is considered a successful diplomat. The modern smart diplomat is a hypocrite that is “Munaafiq” in Islamic terminology. He is a person who fools both parties with his lies, unfair tactics, deceptions and sweet-talk. You can even challenge his honesty.

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs
and empty of religion!
Pity the nation that wears a cloth
it does not weave, and
eats a bread it does not harvest!
-- Khalil Gibran

We have gone blind or have turned into crooks who change the values, laws, rules and regulations to serve our own interests, with no respect for justice and humanity.

“Lo, Allah commands you that you restore
deposits to their owners, and if you judge
between mankind, then you judge justly.”
(al-Quran 4:58)

A nation should demand justice, equality and respect as its birth-right.  There are moral values and civic laws that govern a society. In the absence of those values and laws, there would be chaos. It would be like living in a jungle. When people stop thinking and stop asking ‘how’ and ‘why’, they become a dead society. Such people are like a herd of sheep that will follow even a dummy.

Have you seen the modern hobby of the rich, the dog race? The dogs chase a dummy rabbit. They don’t even feel that the rabbit is a toy. People   of the developing nations are being programmed like that these days. The leaders in those countries are installed by the foreign special interest’ groups. The ‘dummy’ runs the affairs, as he is told to, and the nation follows. The dummy uses the media at his disposal and controls the nation by TV. People watch and obey; and the dummy breeds more dummies. The nations which don’t demand justice, don’t stand up against evil, and don’t fight for their own  rights,  they  are  as good  as  dead.  Miracles don’t happen unless you try to make them happen. You have to make an effort!

Lo! Allah changes not the condition of a folk 
until they (first) change that which is in their hearts.”  
(al-Quran 13:11)

In a society where anything goes’, you cannot expect justice, respect or honesty. Nations like that are doomed. They don’t make any effort to change their lives for the better. They just sit back and wait for something to happen. These days many countries have foreign armies on their soils to defend them. Vow! We did not learn any lesson from the history of nations. The people that don’t have faith in God, don’t respect their pledges and mandates; and cannot defend themselves, have no right to freedom!

“We destroyed the generations before
you when they did wrong; and their
messengers (from Allah) came unto
them with clear proofs of His sovereignty),
but they would not believe. Thus do We
reward the guilty folk.”
(al-Quran 10:13)

What logic do we see in doing wrong and still expecting the blessings from Allah? It does not work that way. The saying goes:  First deserve then desire. We can ask Allah for His help only when we obey Him and try our best for a good cause.

Khalil Gibran said:

“Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
Save when it walks in a funeral;
Boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.”

We have exactly the same situation today. We are almost dead as a nation. We have no character, no dignity and no identity.

Sheikh Saadi of Shiraz (Iran) said that you cannot produce a good sword from a bad metal; meaning that you cannot produce quality product from the low-grade raw material. Nations of the world are laughing at our leaders and politicians. They are ridiculing the Muslim nation. And we can see it why! We have become a nation of the mediocre, the inefficient, the incompetent and the dishonest. No wonder we are producing the same kind of leaders and politicians.

Khalil Gibran wrote the following poem in the early1930’s and it was published in 1933, after his death. It seems that the situation in the1930s was not much different from the current one in the year 2016. The humans don’t change much for the better. How sad! If you try to apply the above thoughts on todays Muslim world, they fit perfectly. Khalil Gibran could see the future of the Ummah.

Pity The Nation
(From: The Garden of The Prophet)

                    Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
                    Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave
                    and eats a bread it does not harvest.

                    Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
                    and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

                    Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream,
                    yet submits in its awakening.

                    Pity the nation that raises not its voice
                    save when it walks in a funeral,
                    boasts not except among its ruins,
                    and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
                    between the sword and the block.

                    Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
                    whose philosopher is a juggler,
                    and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking

                    Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
                    and farewells him with hooting,
                    only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

                    Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
                    and whose strongmen are yet in the cradle.

                    Pity the nation divided into fragments,
                    each fragment deeming itself a nation.”

(From “The Garden of The Prophet”, by Khalil Gibran, published in 1933)


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