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Time to Act for the Peace of the Country

Let us start practicing the great acts of brotherhood and kindness so that we can become the flag bearer of reformation in our society. May be we will not succeed in changing the world, but at least we will be among them who took the initiative.
If each man or lady could understand that every other individual life is as full of unhappiness, or delights, or base excitements, of distresses and of sorrows as his own than everyone will be definitely very kind and gentle to everyone. Actually we have forgotten that we all people belong to one family. Our father is one and our mother is one.
Allah says: O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. (13-Surah Al-Hujrat) And this family belongs to Allah, the only creator. The last prophet of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (SA) said: "All creatures are like a family to God" (Hadith Mishkat, 3:1392).
This materialistic world is busy in acquiring for itself. The selfishness has made us blind that we stop seeing whose rights we are devouring. A friend of mine while talking to me was referring about a political leader who made big in his political career. Another friend sitting there promptly asked what age is he gathering so much assets for? He is around sixty and still gathering! We all laughed, but this laughter showed the trend that the world is following. We have become selfish. We forget that may be I am rich but the poor person that I have in my society is my brother. May be I am white but the dark person of another country is my brother. May be I am educated, but the uneducated people are my brother. If we start considering everyone as our brothers or sisters, there will definitely be a change in our behavior or actions towards our fellow human beings. Quran clearly has mentioned about this and this believe can only change our action and bring a much needed change in our society.
We must know that our creator is Kind and He loves kindness and mercy. Allah says in holy Quran: And if it had not been for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy... and
because Allah is Kind and Merciful. (20-Surah An-Noor) And: Indeed Allah, to the people, is Kind and Merciful. (65-Surah Al-Hajj). It seems this world is always ready to fight. See the great budgets allocated in our countries these days. It seems that brotherhood and kindness is depleting from our world. This world needs kindness. Our homes today have many materialistic things but no kindness. Kindness does not cost us anything but pays a lot. In a Hadith narrated Jarir bin "Abdullah: Allah's Messenger said, "Allah will not show mercy to him who does not show mercy to others." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) and narrated "Aishah: Allah's Messenger said, "Allah is Kind and He loves kindness, and confers upon kindness which He does not confer upon severity, and does not confer upon anything besides it (kindness)." (Muslim).
Muhammad (peace be upon him) presented to the world a perfect model of brotherhood among human beings. He taught that no race is superior to another for all are equal in origin and equal in their responsibilities and rights. One's degree of faith and piety is the only criterion for preference. His companions were given equal opportunities to belong to and serve the religion. Among them were Suhayb, a Roman, Bilal, an Abyssinian, Salman, a Persian, and many other non-Arabs.
The love of God which the Prophet bore in his heart manifested itself in another form: he loved God's creation with the same intensity. Illustration of his love for the humanity can be had from the fact that for the very people of Makkah who opposed him with all their might, the Prophet sent a supply of food when they were afflicted with famine and also five hundred gold coins for the relief of the poor. One night when the wailings of the prisoners of Badr reached his ears, he was so upset that he could not sleep till the ropes which bound them were loosened. Then by his order six thousand prisoners of Banu Hawazin were freed on their appeal.
The world is full of vultures that are ready to cut away our bodies. There is once again a dire need to have people, society and trend of brotherhood and kindness. Let us all first start practicing this great act so that we can become the flag bearer of reformation. May be we will not succeed in changing the world, but at least we will be among them who took the initiative.
The current scenario in the country where communal elements are spreading venom among people is an alarm for all peace loving people. The question raised by respected President Shri Pranab Mukherjee is thought provoking "Are we on the right track?"

Report Source : Dr. Sabah Ismail Nadvi