Τoday when I look my surroundings and try to understand the general feelings and perceptions of the people specially the young generations and elders, it is sad to say that all I see is desperation and confusion and I ask my self why? There is no one single answer to this but I am going to try to come up with answers which are based on my personal observations and experience .
Since childhood we were brought up to be good human beings, honest, truthful, cooperative and hardworking. We believe that Islam is the one true religion and the only way of life and we have to be very grateful and lucky to be born Muslims.
The harsh reality today is that our generation is lost and live in a state of limbo. We are like a boat in the ocean that is caught by sudden storm and just floating direction-less. Today the west is dominating in every aspect of life and their civilization is spreading like a wild fire. Our teenagers wear jeans, and T-shirts. We dine from their top class restaurants and cafes. We listen to their music and watch Hollywood movies. Not that I am saying anything is wrong with that, because as the saying goes if you go against the current then the waves will push you back. Politically the west is also calling the shots, America is the sole superpower in the world today. Financially the west controls the world bank and IMF. In a nutshell the west is playing the music and we are dancing to their tunes. Why this change of fortune and when will the tides change?
Contrary to some mistaken believes, the problem doesn’t not lay in Islam. Instead the problem lies with in us. We deviated from the right path, the just path and the road to salvation. Allah says in the Quran: ” Truly, Allah doesn’t change the (good) condition of people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves”.(13:11)
The above ayah truly explains the condition we are in today. God is just. When God created the earth he put all the things that we needed in it and people were scattered all over the place and were all equal. If this is the case why did some nations rose and others crumbled and ended up in the wrong side of history? What made the status of one nation to rise than the other was not that they were the chosen ones, rather it was their sheer determination and will power to take their fate and destiny into their hands, how they came together and decided to use their resources and brain-power in an efficient and effective manner. They realized that fairness, equality, justice ,security , law and order were the corner stones that will lead them to success and prosperity.
What we are lacking today is a government that is for the people, of the people and by the people. A government that knows that they are there for the people and that is accountable to its citizens.We are lacking an environment that welcomes change, that is tolerant to differing opinions. W are lacking an environment that nourishes independent thinking and finally an environment that encourages and promotes positive thinking. In conclusion if we want to get to the right path we have to take the following steps.
- Be God-fearing citizens
- Establish a transparent and accountable system.
- Ensure the rights of the people .
- Establish law and order
- Allocate resources of the nation responsibly and equally.
- Protect the freedom, liberty and justice of the people.
- Put more emphasis on health and education