Did We Think???
by Uzma Mazhar
If charity begins at home, so does hatred, rage,
anger, intolerance, injustice, animosity and prejudice. We sow these seeds in
our own homes, and in our ignorance think that they will not grow into towering
trees that will block our Light.
How do we expect the child, who was raised in hate
and abuse, to reach out with a loving, trusting hand to others?
Is it possible that if we treat one of our children
with love and the other with hatred and rejection... that the abused one will
have any love for us?
Can we expect a child born and raised in violence
and war, witnessing devastation and enduring hunger, to understand my hurt when
I chip my painted nails?
Why is it that we can continue to mourn the holocausts
of the past, while creating it by our own hands... daily? & then act
as if we are the poor victims?
Why is it that when one group of people die the
whole world is expected to mourn, while the millions dying by their hands are
ignored and overlooked?
Why is it that some religious and political leaders
have the gall to continue with their hate-filled rhetoric, blaming others just
because they are different? & Why is it that we continue to listen to their
How ignorant of us to believe that imaginary boundaries
Is is possible that any religion could support
Have we not seen that every religion is twisted
and abused in the hands of some people.. be it Hinduism (Kashmir and ethnic
cleansing of Muslims in India); Christianity (Crusades, Hitler, KKK, Ireland,
Bosnia, Eastern Europe) or Judaism (daily killing of Palestinians in Israel)
Did we think that:
- we could abuse kids and there would be no repercussions?
- we could abuse women and it would not haunt
- we could oppress men and it would not come full
- we could ignore the poor and it would not affect
- we could disown the elderly and it would not
- we could hate each other and it would not backfire?
- we could insult their God and it would not hurt
Do we even think???
This is a time for all of us to look into our own
conscience, to examine our own selves, to question every thought and action...
are we the culprit in any way? How have we perpetuated violence in the
world... even if it is at the individual level? Are we guilty of being
apathetic and lacking in sensitivity? What can we do to transform into
better human beings? If we can't learn some lessons today, we might have
to repeat the course. (We did not seem to have learned our lesson from Timothy
What we need to focus on is not how to beef up
security and create taller walls, but how do we change hatred into love and
compassion. What do we need to do to change injustice and prejudice into
justice and equality for all? How can we learn to honor, respect
and value life... the life of every single individual?
On the authority of Abu Saeed Al-Khurdari: 'I heard
the messenger of Allah say: "Whosoever of you sees an evil action, let
him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue;
and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart; and that is the weakest
of faith." (Muslim)
[reproduced with permission from www.crescentlife.com]
Date/Time Last Modified: 6/18/2002 8:07:51 AM
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