State of the Nation
Written by Abu Jabir Abdullah Penabdul
*State of the Nation*
I begin with the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
With Ramadan just around the corner (may Allaah bless us with righteous deeds in it), let us not forget to strive to become better people. We might underestimate the impact of our individual good but it really has the potential of becoming a collective societal good.
There are so many corrupt practices that we condone either at leadership level or followers level that have now become a living monster in our midst, a frankenstein. Our blind and inordinate love for power and money is a catalyst to all these sustained insecurities around us.
The type of negative mindset we display everyday, will convince any person with a balanced understanding that unless we are willing to be positive agents, we will be worse than those we are complaining about today. History bears testimony to this.
The effect of National cancerous issues like insecurity, poverty, corruption that we trivialize and localize to ethnicity and religion is widely and painfully felt by all of us regardless. The attitude of “let them kill themselves” is coming back to hunt all of us.
Insecurity has no bias, it balances its forces on all fronts regardless of the victim’s religion, ethnicity or region. It is our collective responsibility to be responsible humans if we are really worried by the state of the Nation.
The happiness we express when others that we classified as “not being part of us” are hit by a tragic situation is a monster that turns to sadness for us sooner or later.
We all saw how remotely far Corona virus was from us and how some of us (including myself) felt it was their nemesis and then how it reached every household (including mine). That is a lesson for us with regards to this insecurity. Let us stop the blame game and offer reasonable solutions before we all become consumed by it.
We have been blaming successive leadership here on Twitter, on many platforms for our insecurities, yet we have failed to realize that we are part of the problem. I am sorry to say that our blame game is often motivated by our desire to be “there” and how constant ridiculing of anything not done by us.
Pause for a moment and imagine the mental state of those children whose parents have been kidnapped, of those parents whose children have been kidnapped. Reflect on the pains of those that have lost their loved ones to this insecurity. Let us not be insensitive.
No matter how tough the journey is, no matter how dark the tunnel is, we must not despair. Hope in Allaah, do good, stand for the truth and pray that we be blessed with righteous leadership. Security is the bedrock of all developments, may Allah grant us security in our lands.
Hasbunallahu wa ni’mal wakeel (Allah is Sufficient for us! Most Excellent is He in Whom we trust!).
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