We have tried it our way. We have rationalized are actions .Yet peace eludes us. Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God in our lives.. Spiritual entropy has led to a moral implosion and an ethical defeat where we as a society having defined deviancy down fail to understand the extent to which evil has overwhelmed us. We make laws that are incongruent with divine laws. We are picking a fight with God and are facing its consequences.
Good people reflect this goodness of God. When the positive force of good dwindles in man evil takes its place. Evil does not retreat with verbal appeals. In fact it putrefies. Evil can only be overcome with goodness and godliness. The only badge of honor and nobility is the purity and righteousness of a man’s life and actions. That in all circumstances we must stand up for truth, righteousness, fair dealing, and justice.
In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said,
“… We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace… and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
Profound words that still apply today.
The hypocrisy, intolerance and extremism we see today here and the world over is easy to condemn. It will however require extreme efforts at self-reformation and multiple revolutions to stem. This tragedy may be corrective. It could lead to a catharsis of our dubious and evil ways. It may be a purgation and purification of our souls. It may in time produce a people who adopt a life of prayers, love and compassion.
According to an ancient tradition God preserves humanity despite its many transgressions because at any one time there exist ten righteous people, who redeem mankind by their good works. This redemption may not be everlasting
It is incumbent on all of us, Muslims, non Muslims , Arabs and non Arabs that we shed our ambivalence and stop playing double games. The world is too small, our wisdom too limited, our time here too short, to waste any more of it in winning fleeting victories at other people’s expense. War does not decide who is right, only who is left. Till we recognize that all human life is equal and there is justice, dignity, equity and respect for all there will be no peace
Leadership matters. We need leaders who lead by example and who with honesty , integrity and high morals control the narrative and challenge the self-destructive and dehumanizing drift of our global society by speaking out loudly, creating awareness and emphasizing that we be mindful of the consequences of our actions. That the love and fear of God are the sum of all wisdom . That should be the true basis of all our actions. That evil will only be surmounted by incessant prayers , restoring, justice, compassion and love. The Prophet of Islam revived the world through his prayers and pleadings in the dark of night.
If there is any hope for civilization, for an uplifting, ennobling and worthwhile human community to emerge from the current cacophony of strife, debasement, nihilism and fanaticism, we must all revert back to God and reform ourselves. The Khalifa of Islam, head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a man of God and God’s man on earth, is calling us all to come to God and to adopt a life of prayers, love and compassion .Let us follow the voice that calls us in the name of God. Let us revert back to God