We do not grow Old,
We do not Die.
This world, is nothing but a flash
A dream; you don’t have to be a dreamer,
to say this is so.
Just look back 10 years and think,
where did they go?
By Ali Ilyas
Too often we make a mistake, we view this world in light of fairytales and biblical stories. The great war, the good against the evil, God against the Devil.
I realised this as I was sat in a room with American diplomats, within my breasts I carried this passion, this fury. Ready to divulge into the evil that spouts from Americanism, as I directed my thoughts to which they responded. I realised that it was me that was being close minded, viewing the affairs of this world as simply good and bad, failing to appreciate it’s true complexity.
Although their answers in this particular context were not satisfactory, nor did they lead me to change my position on viewing American foreign policy as unsavoury. But in thought of trying to understand a perception outside ones own, it occurred to me. The world is so much more complicated than Good vs Evil. Sometimes evil is used to achieve good, and good is disguised to do evil.
You can not simply end or bring about peace by simply adhereing to your own self perception of righteousness. To an extent, percieving yourself to be on the side of good, brings with it an automatic sense of superiority or superior morality. Naturally this will not sit well with the side you oppose, seeing them as inherently evil. You must appreciate that to the other side, you are ‘evil’ and they are ‘good’. Just like fear, this narrow approach stems from ignorance. Life is more complicated than black and white or good and evil, we must not get lost in its complexity, to achieve this, we must keep our minds open and our hearts sincere.
We must attain a sense of purity. Which is not someting found in sexuality or naivity. It’s within our very breasts, tucked away within our heart.
We must use this, to navigate ourselves through the complexity of what is good and what is evil.
“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not” [Qur’an]
Dear Muslim World,
We complain about the state of the Muslim world, the condition it is in. Seeking out and wondering where is the help of Allah (SWT)?
But have we proceeded to satisfy his commands?
“And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong and those will be the successful” [Quran. 3:104]
“And do not be like the ones who became divided and differed after clear proofs had come to them. And those will have a great punishment” [Quran, 3:105]
We are a nation that is divided not just into sects, but also into other nations and nationalities. Some invest a greater emphasis on being patriotic about a region, about a land, are not all lands the land of Allah (SWT), do its inhabitants not deserve our equal attention or equal protection?
The Pakistani among us may disagree arguing that Pakistan is the land blessed by God, its Army the best in the world, no matter how evident the contrary maybe. Moreover, a measure of Arabs hold an almost inherent perception that there is no doubt that Arab genealogy surpasses any other in superiority. The fact that Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) distinctively expressed that an Arab is not superior to a non-Arab, or a non-Arab superior to an Arab, has no relevance to dare i say an innumerable amount of Arabs.
As revealed in the verses of the glorious Qur’an, God told us to let there rise from us a nation inviting to good, we are neither inviting to good nor are we forbidding evil, so how do we seek to be the successful ones? We would rather indulge in discourse on why Iran supports a so and so country because it holds a Shi’ite majority than discuss the crimes of Bashar Al-Assad against the believers.
The answers to our success are in plain visible site, yet we have chosen to close our hearts to the words of our maker, for the Muslim world to be successful we must :
1. Invite to Good
2. Enjoin in what is right
3. Forbid the wrong
4. And not be divided
Baring in mind that once we aspire and build for the Akhira our Duniya falls into place, this is evident from the history of the believers.
God said he will not change the condition of a nation until they begin to change themselves, so as an Ummah we must first fulfill the commands of our lord, in hope that we will be aided. The fact that the word used init self is nation and not individual may bare a greater meaning, one that we must all work together to be successful. So put down your flags, bury your sectarianism and revert to the way of your Lord, a nation, one nation, Pakistani’s, Indian’s, Iraqi’s, Arabs and Indonesians etc all stood firm in inviting to good and forbidding the evil.
P.S. There you have it, four steps to a more successful Ummah. It’s as simple as that. What are you waiting for?