Friday, February 19, 2010

Concerning Unity

I'm too old for pimples.

Surely I have outgrown puberty by now.

Sadly no one told this pimple that.

Theres no quick fix either. No magical ointment that will make it go away instantly. Sure, the girls might use concealer, but all youre really doing is just hiding the problem.

Lifes like that sometimes. So often we skim past the fine print. We ingest the weight loss pill but neglect the kilojoule controlled diet. Thats like tossing a blind man a Rubicks cube. I dont actually find that to be particularly mean though. I'm guessing its all going to be one colour anyway. Black.

Dont worry - no blind person is going to read this note.

Thats a real test - being blind. Not a silly bit of oily dirty skin. Reminds me of the last ayat of Surah Baqarah*.

But it is difficult. To not feel pity for oneself. Its difficult for me, to imagine that the world isnt spinning around me. I hate being excluded, but this shouldnt hurt me. it shouldnt make me upset. Especially when its silly.

When you are young it is so easy to see the flaws in each others deen. You know exactly why you are right and why everyone else is wrong. Hopefully when you grow older you realise that it doesnt matter whose right and whose wrong. All that matters is that you are a good person. That you are good to your family, your friends and your community. I dont find the need to define myself by pointing out what I am not.

They do this, and they do that. They sit and they stand. They fold their hands. They fold their trousers. They fold their handkerchiefs into make-do hats. We get so caught up in this defining game. The creation of the other.

Those who know my nature know that I am a calm and laidback person, but there are four things that anger me

1. If someone spills alcohol onto me
2. If someone hits a woman
3. And if someone smokes near a child.
4. If two Muslims are fighting

How often do we hear about this call to Unity. Islam has never had more followers, but we have never been so weak. There is no strength in numbers. We have been surpassed in the realm of technology, medicine, economics and every other field.

How much longer can we hold onto the glory of Muslims in Spain? Yes, we paved the way for eye surgery. And then what? We dropped the ball.

Yes - we gave women rights that were unheard of at the time. We gave them dignity, value. And then what? We keep them locked up at home, we have honour killings, we dont educate them.

This isnt Islam...

But Muslims are doing it. We allow the Saudi government to pave and destroy our heritage sites,so that a new starbucks can be built. So that we can have a happy meal between tawaafs. We build these huge skyscrapers in the desert, so we can hold a silly record for the tallest building. I wonder how many lives are worth that little plaque that hangs in the lobby. I wonder how many Palestinian children could be educated with that money. How many Yemeni children could be fed. This is the inequality we live with. Where our Sheikhs have Gold plated taps, and our brothers in Bangladesh dont even have clean water.

We speak about unity, but what is it? I really want to know how we could be united. I wrote about this before but I want to touch on it again - what if when the the Mahdi appears, we dont want to follow him because his mannerisms dont resemble our own? We are becoming so isolated in our own school of thought that we fail to realise that there is an entire world out there of Muslims. Its bigger than us.

We all think we are the chosen ones and the other 72 are doomed to hell. Show me the brotherhood in this kind of mentality?

I do not agree with what some Aalims say, but I still respect them.

I do not want to be a moderate if being moderate means further division in this Ummah. I do not want to a fundamentalist if a fundamentalist is one that disregards any interpretation but his own

I just want to find my place


* I'l paste the ayat in the comments page.


M Junaid said...

لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسا ً إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ رَبَّنَا لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِنْ نَسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرا ً كَمَا حَمَلْتَه ُُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لاَ طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِه ِِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنْتَ مَوْلاَنَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

Allah does not burden any human being with more than he can bear. Everyone will enjoy the credit of his deeds and suffer the debits of his evil-doings. The believers say: “Our Rabb! Do not punish us if we forget or make a mistake. Our Rabb! Do not place on us a burden as You placed on those before us. Our Rabb! Lay not on us the kind of burden that we have no strength to bear. Pardon us, Forgive us, Have mercy on us. You are our Protector, help us against the unbelievers.”[2.286]

Anonymous said...

I sometimes wonder how did we all get so confused and tangled in this heap called Life. Aren't we as Muslims supposed to be leaders in Peace and Happiness, yet we seem to be heading in a different direction.

I wish more you would write more posts like these.
This is one of your finer posts.

Your intelligence is wasted on Anonymous commentators and questioners on Formspring.

M Junaid said...

Pih :)

That is the sweetest comment ive read in a very long time. thank you so much :D

rah* said...

Read a book called People of the Book:The Forgotten History of Islam and the West by Zachary Karabel.

We've not evolved in 800 years. Because every time we try, some douche bag certifies it as bid'ah and haraam.So with that attitude we'll continue to stagnate til Jesus comes.

Zahera said...

Wonderful post Emmy! Really enjoyed reading this and i agree with you wholeheartedly.