20 October, 2017

New Year Resolutions; From Hypocrisy To Humanity !

By Lukman Harees

Lukman Harees

Lukman Harees

‘Threat to Human Dignity emanates not from aliens or non-humans, but through the machinations of the hypocritical ,weird and the wicked human mind’–  from ‘The Mirage of Dignity’

The Year just gone, 2015 was undoubtedly filled with many moments of happiness and sorrows in each one of our lives. The world too had their fair share of such moments and events. Yet, with quite a lot of enthusiasm, hopes and resolutions, people all around the world welcomed a fresh, new year, as they do every year. From family get togethers, to parties, the new year day was filled with celebrations and resolutions in every nook and corner of the world. Dazzling fireworks lit up the skies of many capitals on New Year’s eve. But, as we celebrate endings and yearn for new beginnings, and as we wish each other, May the year 2016 greet you with fragrant days, may it be as colourful as rainbow, as bright as sunshine and as happy and cheerful as a lark. Happy New Year, how serious are we, in dedicating the New Year to humanity and the betterment of the world at large? The truth is that we welcomed the New Year, full of things that have never been, leaving behind this world, worse off in many areas in displaying our human values and safeguarding human dignity.

Enjoyment apart; whether Gregorian, Islamic or Chinese, for a new year to bring us something new, we need to have firm resolve, determination and a change of heart to make a transformational move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! not just a physical move from December 31st in one year to the January 1st of the following year, but a spirited, attitudinal and a serious move. We need to get away from narrow shackles and overcome barriers which keeps humanity apart, – racism, communalism, nationalism, hatred and religious bigotry. We need to make a firm resolution and a firm determination to see things through the lens of humanity and make us available for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. Thus, when we open the blank book of Opportunity and start to write the first chapter on the New year’s Day, we need to remember that the next year’s words should await another voice. Another and fresh way of thinking to ensure that this world will be a better place for the billions of faceless and voiceless human beings who feel oppressed, persecuted and deprived of their due rights as human beings in their daily lives.

2015 was a decisive year in the recent human history. Among many positive developments we experienced, there were many gloomy and unfavourable trends which happened too, which made us worse off in the barometer of human dignity, which causes alarm for our human race. The disgusting headlines on human suffering, utter disregard to human life and affronts to dignity which splashed across newspapers and TV news bulletins, should make us reflect on the hypocrisy running across humanity and to question the seriousness of the lofty rhetoric on the concept of human dignity and basic human rights, and hasten to re-commit ourselves to safeguard our innate dignity, about which our leaders shout from rooftops and global UN conference rooms.

The undying myth about the material progress and development, that it will remove all our human suffering and poverty forever from all corners of the world and ensure happiness and prosperity, now lies shattered. Humanity surprisingly believed this as a fact, for so many years with such admirable innocence. Even nations that have witnessed unprecedented prosperity during the last five or more decades, such as US and other affluent Western nations, have not been able to exile either poverty or destitution from within their borders. The human dignity thus appears like a mirage amidst the much talked about landscape and highways of human progress. When these trends of injustice, oppression and tyranny are sweeping across the world, it is no doubt that the level of approval of the international institutions specially the United Nations among the ordinary people on the street has been gradually dipping towards the lowest end due to its relative failure in speaking up for and decisively act on behalf of the many millions who die, starve and suffer for no fault of theirs.

Whether we are living in the developing South or affluent North, the name of the game is the same. Those few enjoying the fruits of world labour are continuing their exploits of world
resources to their benefit unabated while rest of the millions are being treated as techno-robots, wage slaves, human fodder and as means (rather than an end). Statistics rolling out from global research agencies are speaking out loud about this inescapable truth. Most of the time therefore, it has been a one-way street in favour of the privileged, rich and the powerful. Governments may play around with words, philosophies, even policies and strategies; the end result has most often been that there is scant regard to human dignity and social justice.

Whether we are living in the affluent countries or in the poorest countries, whether we are religious or secular, whether we are American, British, French, Russian Iraqi, Afghani, Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, or Singaporean, it may not matter. What matters is our common cause-to restore into ourselves our human dignity and to fight off vile attempts by vested interests to undermine our innate dignity, devour our human identity and to change our human nature. It is imperative to build our solidarity effectively so that those at the top whichever country we belong to, will no longer be able to divide our ranks along the lines of race and geographical contours, ignore our voices and treat us as instrumentalities. Let us not give up our struggle in our search for a foothold in the world of possibilities for dignity to blossom-possibilities of justice, peace, human rights and due recognition for our individuality/personality. Civil activism is a must and by-standers and the civil society should take the driving seat without abdicating their pivotal role in demanding decisive change.

Perhaps our busy lifestyles have eluded us to dedicate that moment to think, reflect and act in any way possible. We are engaged in futile, petty issues like racial/colour differences and make hills out of such molehills and are led to avoid looking at bigger issues of dignity by our own cultures and leaders. Perhaps, the disinformation, the blatant cover-ups and double standards of the super powers have caused a sense of fatigue in our thinking and made us indifferent. However, it is a fact of history that whenever we, at the bottom rungs pause in our alertness and do not do what we should, at a time when various forces are at work to undermine our dignity and our rights, then our own silence, indifference or apathy may be taken by our governments, our political leadership, and the powers that be, as our approval of their action. Most of us tend to read numerous distressing, oppressive headlines in our newspapers, and go through statistics regarding scores of people dying, suffering and their human dignity being desecrated, debased and violated with utter contempt and impunity, without any constructive responses emanating from the bottom of our hearts and marshalling them for effective action. Don’t we? We have allowed, for quite a long time, our leaders to take us—the bystanders for granted, to ride roughshod their way over us and to achieve their narrow and devious aims; all in the hallowed names of democracy, civilization and progress.

The human landscape, Adam Jones says at the conclusion of his book, ‘Crimes Against Humanity’, ‘sometimes seems so bleak as to hardly justify efforts to brighten it. We confront crises,looming or pervasive, on a dizzying number of fronts . . . As individuals, we may feel like the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike,-except that new leaks are always springing up beyond our reach; others’ ability or willingness to help is uncertain; and even where we stand, the hole appears too big for our trivial efforts to plug it.’.

Nevertheless, in these challenging circumstances, active and constructive intervention of the civil society to defeat the hypocrisy at the top and the reactionary forces of racism, religious bigotry, and the vile attempts of the Neo-colonists to keep millions oppressed through exploitation of global resources, is not merely desirable but mandatory. The effort what we put in, need not be necessarily gigantic; it can even be a spoken or written word, an atom of an action, or a purposeful thought, which will later crystallize into a potent force to stand up in defence for human dignity. We should not let reactionaries discourage us, or let them question our call, because they will. We should not let our failures put us off because temporarily we may falter. When we step out of the box, and chose to be different and defiant, we will see that being different and defiant and standing up for what is right and just, does not go well in ‘polite societies’. Take heart from those great souls down the ages who swam against the tide and defied the odds to achieve great things. The critics will always be there. They will always be around. Rather than letting their words and actions drown us in despair, let them fuel us with energy to complete our laudable mission of upholding our birth-right-our inherent dignity and rights. As Leonardo Da Vinci, scientist, inventor and artist said, ‘Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star, does not change his mind.’

One of the biggest challenges in 2016 will be to ensure that we do not allow those evil forces to make us view human beings through the lens of race and religion. Every human being deserves to be treated as such, by virtue of fact they were all born into the human family. Trumpism, the vicious forces of extremism and the media Mafias who make bogeymen of religions and races should be defeated; otherwise the world will be nearing an ‘Omnicide’ They say, public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs. In particular, prejudice of any kind implies that we are identified with the thinking mind. It means we don’t see the other human being anymore, but only our own concept of that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence. How true indeed!

The WWII Holocaust illustrated the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. Hitler’s prejudices eventually affected the whole world. Hitler had a vision of a Master Race of Aryans that would control Europe. He used very powerful propaganda techniques to convince not only the German people, but countless others, that if they eliminated the people who stood in their way and the degenerates and racially inferior, they – the great Germans would prosper. Trumpism. Islamophobia which we see is originating in the West and spreading its tentacles elsewhere, will also have a similar disastrous effect. But, do we ever learn from history?, as Huxley said ‘That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach’.

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    Right now in Sri lanka, Muslims write about humanity, Hypocrisy, fundamentalism ….

    They don’t talk about how muslims destroy Sri lankan forests to settle their people or how they even kill their own because Sufis are not from the mainstream muslims.

    then why they keep on Preaching.

    See underneath what they have done to Britain.

    It is All about ISLAMAIZATION OF THE COUNTRIES;

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    Right now in Sri lanka, Muslims write about humanity, Hypocrisy, fundamentalism ….

    They don’t talk about how muslims destroy Sri lankan forests to settle their people or how they even kill their own because Sufis are not from the mainstream muslims.

    then why they keep on Preaching.

    See underneath what they have done to Britain.

    It is All about ISLAMAIZATION OF THE COUNTRIES;

    The Islamization of Britain in 2015
    Sex Crimes, Jihadimania and “Protection Tax”

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7151/britain-islamization

    Hospitals across Britain are dealing with at least 15 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) every day. Although FGM has been illegal in Britain since 1984, there has not been a single conviction.

    At least 1,400 children were sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013 in the town of Rotherham, mostly by Muslim gangs, but police and municipal officials failed to tackle the problem because they feared being branded “racist” or “Islamophobic.”

    Reverend Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s in Waterloo, central London, allowed a full Muslim prayer service to be held in his church. He also asked his congregation to praise “the God that we love, Allah.”

    There has been a 60% increase in child sexual abuse reported to the police over the past four years, according to official figures.

    British intelligence are monitoring more than 3,000 homegrown Islamist extremists willing to carry out attacks in Britain.

    A Muslim worker at a nuclear power plant in West Kilbride, Scotland, was removed from the premises after he was caught studying bomb-making materials while on the job.

    “We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist.” – Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic.

    The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 3.5 million in 2015 to become around 5.5% of the overall population of 64 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe. In real terms, Britain has the third-largest Muslim population in the European Union, after France, then Germany.

    Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during 2015, and can be categorized into five broad themes: 1) Islamic extremism and the security implications of British jihadists in Syria and Iraq; 2) the continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in Britain; 3) the sexual exploitation of British children by Muslim gangs; 4) Muslim integration into British society; and 5) the failures of British multiculturalism.

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    This is how Muslims do it when they are the majority in a country;

    This is in pakistan:

    Grim Life for Christians in Muslim Pakistan

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7086/pakistan-christian-life

    “Often in these cases the police take no action or, worse, side with the rapists. Christian families or witnesses are pressured to withdraw complaints.” — Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist.

    Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, has been on death row since 2010 because a Muslim woman, apparently with a personal vendetta against Bibi, accused her of speaking blasphemy against the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. “She could be killed by any inmate or even a prison guard,” said an official. “She was vomiting blood last month and was having difficulty walking.”

    Saddique Azam, a Catholic teacher and headmaster at a primary school in a small village, was beaten and tortured by a group of Muslim teachers who resented being under the authority of an “infidel.”

    Nabila Bibi, a Christian woman who was engaged to a Christian man, was abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, and forcibly married to a Muslim man.

    The U.S. State Department lists only nine nations as “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) — a designation for those nations considered to be the worst violators of religious freedom. These include governments that “engage in or tolerate” systematic, ongoing, and unspeakable violations of religious freedom.

    According to many human rights activists, this list is far from complete: “the State Department has seemed unwilling to recognize the grave unspeakable abuses of religious freedom in a number of Muslim-dominated countries that the USCIRF [U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom] considers CPCs: Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Tajikistan.”

    Accordingly, on October 21, the USCIRF issued a press release calling on “the State Department to further expand its CPC list to reflect the severe violations occurring in other countries, such as Pakistan, which USCIRF has called the worst situation in the world for religious freedom for countries not currently designated by the U.S. government as CPCs.”

    To understand why Pakistan was highlighted, consider the following 10 accounts, all of which took place in the month of October — the same month that the U.S. State Department was being urged to include Pakistan and other countries in its list.

    On October 23, a deaf, married Christian woman was gang-raped by three Muslim men who broke into her home while her husband was out working. Despite her screams, no one came to help her. Although one man was arrested, rights activists say he will eventually be released. According to Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist, “Often in these cases the police take no action or, worse, side with the rapists. Christian families or witnesses are pressured to withdraw complaints.”

    On October 15, eight days before the deaf Christian woman was raped, two Muslim men, both named Muhammad, who had earlier raped two teenage Christian sisters at gunpoint, were acquitted in court. Not only did a key witness change his statement after receiving a bribe, but according to the girls’ father, “The lawyer didn’t fight the case very well and with commitment. Mostly, he stayed absent from the hearings of the case during the proceedings. The lawyer didn’t even participate in the cross-questioning with the culprits in the court. … We face serious life threats from the culprits now, as they are being released from jail.”

    A report from October 5 cites three separate incidents in which five young Christian girls were abducted and sexually abused: Two were kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of Muslim men; a 13-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped and raped; and two other Christian girls were abducted and abused by a group of human traffickers who forced them into prostitution.

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    This is from another country. In Sri lanka also Islamization continues and Non-muslims workers working for muslims are discriminated.

    Suspected Hard-Line Muslims in Eastern Uganda Kill Christian in Sword Attack

    A Christian father of five in eastern Uganda who supported 10 children whose families had disowned them for leaving Islam was killed on Wednesday night (Dec. 2).
    One of three men who attacked Patrick Ojangole at 9:30 p.m. reproached him for failing to heed a warning to cease his Christian activities before the Christian was killed, said a witness who was with Ojangole and escaped. Ojangole was 43.
    Ojangole and the witness, a friend known only as Muluga, were about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from their home village of Kashebai after traveling by bicycle to visit Ojangole’s in-laws in Palissa when two Muslim women stopped them. The women were fully covered in burqas as they sat on the roadside.
    “Because it was late in the evening, we thought they needed some help from us, so we stopped, and while we were still talking with them, a man arrived and started asking for our identification cards,” Muluga said.

    Believing he was a policeman, they produced their national ID cards, and immediately two masked men appeared, he said.
    “The two women immediately pulled out swords from their burqas and gave them to the men, and there we realized that we were in the hands of dangerous, armed men, so we had to cooperate with them as they forced us to leave the bicycle and then dragged us to the swamp close to the river,” Muluga said.
    He reported that one of the masked men said, “Patrick, you have not heeded our warning to stop your Christian activities of changing our children to your religion.” Hence it is possible that at least one of the assailants knew Ojangole, or that Muslims he knew had hired the men to attack him. Muluga said they seemed interested only in Ojangole and may have asked for his ID card to ensure he was the one they sought.

    “The attackers were not so harsh towards me,” he said. “Their efforts were directed at Patrick.”
    As the interrogation continued, the two women who had stayed behind on the roadside arrived.
    “The three men then got hold of Patrick and, fearing for my life, I managed to escape as the two women pulled out about four swords that they had placed inside their clothes,” he said. “I heard some commotion taking place and one loud cry while I was 50 meters away.”
    Muluga immediately notified a Christian leader and police. Early the next morning he and the Christian leader went to the site.
    “We went to the place of the incident and found Patrick’s body in a pool of blood in the Kashebai area, and his body badly mutilated,” said the Christian leader, whose name is withheld for security reasons.
    Police are investigating and searching for the attackers, while fear has gripped Kashebai village residents, he said.
    Ojangole, a member of a local Pentecostal church, leaves behind a wife and five children, two boys and three girls ranging in age from 7 to 16.
    “Patrick was a very committed Christian and a hard-working farmer,” the Christian leader said. “From his farm work, he used to support 10 children from Muslim families who had been ostracized by their families.”

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      Hi Jim softy? (are you?)
      You are a typical example of being an Islamaphobe. hate is a disease and therefore you need HELP soonest. Whether this author is a Muslim or of any other race does not matter. What he speaks makes sense. he is talking of many other things in his articles. Not just about religious and racist bigotry. he talks about inequality, poverty, superpower dominance and the rest of the social evils and the need for the civil society – Thus if your issue is about some Muslims being ‘evil people’, then answer to that is also civil activism and not just pour hatred con the entire community. But if you say that all Muslims are evil , that is where your disease lies. If you take your argument to logical end, then all other races too should be equally punished . Christians for the Brutal Crusade and both world wars, All Israeilis for the illegal occupation of Palestine and massacres, all Buddhists for the massacre of rohingya Muslims in Burma, all Americans for Hiroshima and many other genocides incl.red Indians and all Ruwandans for the massacre in that country. Do you sincerely believe that? No if you get your ‘hate’ disease cured, then you will see that it does not make sense.

      So, if stick to the point covered in this article. He only says that civil activism is mandatory to fight social evils.and not just make resolutions for the new year but make them happen.
      Also in one sentence please make it known what is your line of argument? then the author or anyone who are normal can meet those arguments.

      But first of all, please visit the psychiatric ward close to you and get your psycho problem sorted out. Hate is like acid. it damages the vehicle it is stored and goes through . Good luck with your treatment

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        Read my comments;

        I have never mentioned anywhere that All the muslims are evil.

        ISlam is just 1400 years old. and what quran has is mostly from Judaism. That is in brief.

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          if you do not believe that all Muslims are not evil, then why give all these crap details in your comments. I can also give similar or worst details about other races or religionists too. What i will not stoop to that low. Do not judge Islam by what these Western backed despot rulers are doing in so called Muslim countries or what certain groups do. Study the scripture and the original biography of the Prophet.

          But then if you say that Quran is what is mostly borrowed from Judaism, then it shows how much you know about Islam . I may then ALSO correct my suggestion to you to go to the Psychiatric Ward, Please go back to school. You are thereby negating centuries of research studies which shows Quran as a unique book with history, ethics, prophesies ,laws and codes of behaviour. This includes many non Muslim intellectuals too. This is one .

          “The Koran (Quran) admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world. Though it is the youngest of the epoch making works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character. It first transformed a number of heterogeneous desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula into a nation of heroes, and then proceeded to create the vast politico-religious organizations of Muslims world wide which are one of the great forces with which Europe and the East have to reckon with today.”

          [G. Maragliouth in his Introduction to J. M. Rodwells – ‘The Koran”, New York – ‘Everyman’s Library, 1977, p VI]

          For few more : http://www.allahsquran.com/what_others_say_about_quran.php

          But read and study the Quran

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            Islam has about 80 different sects. Some sects are very peaceful.

            That is amidst that Quran is interpretable by Clerics or mullahs.

            I think, Sunni and their sects are the most violent who thinks every one should die except sunnis.

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    dignity for all: HA HA HA HA well said he really needs a doctor soon as possible. world is so advance no wonder still people like Jim Softy exist.

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