Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sensible Sayings

"When we tolerate what we know to be wrong--when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened--when we fail to speak up and speak out--we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice".  - Robert Francis Kennedy

We're usually too busy to look the the events unfolding around us, a hurried comment (or blog post :(..) or two, and that's it. There is no long term action from anybody for any cause. Except, maybe Edhi.
How many of us have stayed quiet when some raucous crowd has belittled somebody, poked fun at somebody, laughed at anything religious, glorified secularism... how many of us are the only ones to speak out against such acts?

"Let them call me a rebel and I welcome it; I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of demons should I make a whore of my soul".  - Thomas Paine

Make a whore of my soul? That's something that made me think. How many of us denounce prostitution? And then, do the exact same thing with the soul - sell it easily, sell the imaan easily for puny gains, acceptance among peers.. etc.

"By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction."  - William Osler

So true :(. What are we so busy in, anyway? Video games and other nonsense of the kind? What's that gaining us anyway? Nothing!! Nothing but a name in a list of people (high scores) - which makes us so proud. [*glances at her Harry Potter book lying not far away* ... reading fiction, is also included!]
It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God's will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you - try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God's will yourself!  Thomas Merton

The acceptance of Go'd's Will is extremely easy when the going gets easy! It's heck hard when the going gets tough. Because then, you don't have the comfort of knowing you haven't lost anything. May Allah SWT Enable us to become people who know what the poor feel like, by giving out stuff to them - even when we don't have much. Even when we sincerely are in need of stuff, and are looking for help ourselves.



Noor said...

it really shows us all mirror. choice is ours, whether we look into it hard or avoid our reflection.

Uni said...

Exactly. It teaches us so much, and all about ourselves. We usually find it so easy to point fingers :)

Thanks for dropping by!

majworld said...

nice sayings and ameen for the dua..

Uni said...

They sure are, and Ameen!