Thursday, December 15, 2016

Lose The Battle But Win The War?

In the Middle East, the Arabs are engaged in civil war. Attacks on the civilians, homes and hospitals that sheltered the injured and destitute, schools are being leveled to the ground are not ‘winning strategies of war’. 

The Syrian Civil War grew from the unrest of the 2011 Arab Spring and escalated into armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad's government violently repressed protests calling for his removal. 
Shocking but a bitter reality of bigotry and hypocrisy. Destruction and hardship in Aleppo, Syria is the result of clash ideologies nourished by the enemies upon the Arabs obsessed to wrestle power of the rich soil. 

When one does not support a particular ideology, party or leadership, all else is game to be challenged and bloodied the roads to supremacy. The philosophy taught by Islam, “Amal Makruf Nahi Mungkar” is currently translated as “enjoin the good and forbid evil deeds” are only to cushion one struggle to stay afloat. 

This irritating situation derived when there are leaders whom akin to George Bush’s paraphrase on loyalty ‘…You’re either with us, or against us…”, where the implied consequence of not joining the team is deemed an enemy.  

As Muslim, we should emulate Sayyidina Abu Bakr As-Siddiq r.a. as demonstrated in his inaugural speech as the first Caliph of Islam, “I’ve been appointed as ruler over you, though I’m not the best of you. If I did well (to you) then you should support me, and if I did evil (to you) then you should guide me to what is right...” 

When emotions are high, the objectives and purpose is lost. If it is true, tell the truth! The expression is presently waning from practice as some are overpowered by lust and personal agenda, fear of their own shadows. Telling the truth is indeed a bitter pill to swallow.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَاءَ بِالْقِسْطِ ۖ وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا ۚ اعْدِلُوا هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.”
- Al-Quran; Sura Al-Maidah, verse 8