Written by: Arisha Rahman
Taking a short glance at the status of our country, it’s a bitter but undeniable truth that there is no solid reason why we celebrate independence. Countless people are homeless, countless are the victim of flood and many die every day. No doubt whenever we are watching the news, we are expecting some haphazard. Summing up, our lives and possessions are not safe.
‘Independence,’ yes, we have got independence in Pakistan. What kind of independence? What kind of freedom? It is really regretful to state that this independence is labeled by the freedom to slay humanity, freedom to promote interest and corruption, freedom to snatch other’s rights, freedom to disgrace our country. And this freedom is enjoyed by the one striding on the wrong path. Yes! There is the absence of equality, humanity and affection in our society.
While reading all this, you must be having thoughts in your mind that, ‘seriously, we are living in such a dictated country’ or ‘our government is the antagonist behind this scenario.’ Rudyard Kipling has shared a pearl of thought in his poem ‘If’ that
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it
And- which is more- you’ll be a Man, my son!
So, let’s take sixty seconds of distance run, let’s take a minute to ponder over the root reality of our situation. We blame our politicians and security forces for this entire situation. Howbeit, this litter and garbage on the ground of our ‘pure land’, is this all thrown by these people? Telling lies, having hatred for each other on the bases of sects and political parties, giving and taking bribe; isn’t all of this done by you and me, the people of this nation? The Quran says, ‘You have indeed in the Prophet of Allah a good example’ (33:21). Do our deeds signify Allah’s commands and Prophet’s teachings?
Then why do we always accuse our politicians and never think beyond this gimpy thought? Whatever we are facing, it is somewhat the outcome of our own mistakes and sins. It is itself mentioned in the Quran that Allah gives rulers to nations from among themselves and who are like them.
Our founder, Muhammed Ali Jinnah said ‘Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope others will share with us.’ We are neglecting the Quran and Sunnah while dwelling in a country which was created in the name of Islam and we complain that we are not getting justice? That Allah has left us and that we want prosperity? Huh! Just ponder over our deeds and you’ll find this whole thought really dumbfounded! There the Westerns are researching on the Quran and are discovering the world, gaining prosperity and here we are busy in producing replicas of their lifestyle and fighting amongst each other.
Pals, we have got the potentials, the caliber and the youth power to right all the wrongs and to abolish injustice and disunity. The Quran says, ‘Satan seeks to sow enmity and hatred amongst you’ (5:91), so we have to fight Satan, our open enemy. And this struggle is not in the hands of these politicians, but in our hands which should be made responsible and patriotic enough to accomplish the mission.
Ergo, join hands in hands and restrict our identity to a Muslim and a Pakistani; because ‘united we stand and divided we fall.’ Let’s tell the sinister ones that we are not a cog in a machine, not the marionettes which they can control, but we possess the nationalism, the thinking and willing power, and the dependency on the One and Only Allah, the Omnipotent. Believe me then, the earth and the Hereafter, all will be ours. The Quran says, ‘those who say, when afflicted with a calamity, ‘We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,’ are the ones who will have blessings and mercy from their Lord: It is they who are on the right path!’ (2:156-157)
Let’s be the first ones to sow the seeds of harmony, literacy and peace. Let’s tell the world what Islam is and what is the Pakistani nation. Let’s preach the lights of awareness and education in every corner of our country, like a torch illuminated in a dark cave, like a lighthouse guiding strayed ships.
Many of you would be judging all of this as nonsense, old and conservative thoughts. But remember, the right thing always remains the same, only the ways of explaining them alter. Numerous people can propagate and are propagating the thoughts that I have shared in this article, but I wanted to play my part, it be a small step to change the hearts. Barbara Mikulski said ‘Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.’
And yes, never bring this thought in your mind that your lone efforts won’t make any difference: A man used to pick up starfish that had come to the shore and throw them back to the sea. Another guy once noticed this act and inquired, ‘Why are you throwing them back to the sea? There are thousands of sea shores and perhaps millions of starfish on them. Helping one or two won’t make any difference.’ The former smiled and picked up another starfish, throwing it back to the sea. Then turned towards the man and said, ‘Made a difference for that one!’
See friends, your struggle might not change people, may not bring a gargantuan difference, but you can make a difference for at least some people which will actually become a source of attaining feat in the Hereafter and will be worth your satisfaction! Dan Waldschimdt has said ‘Believing that within you is the ability to change the world is the first step in making a difference.’
Prayer is the best weapon and I pray that may Allah protect our dignity and keep us steadfast on the right path. And you know what friends; this will make all the difference in a world drowning into the abyss of misconceptions and disharmony! History has preserved Quaid-e-Azam’s words quoted on 16th April 1938 that ‘A Muslim is not born to give up. If he is forced to be enslaved he will become Babur. He will emerge as Sultan Tipu. He can happily embrace martyrdom but he can never accept slavery.’