“O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God’s claim takes precedence over (the claims of) either of them. Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort (the truth), behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!” [4:135]
“…and that there might grow out of you a community (of people) who invite unto all that is good, and enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong: and it is they, they who shall attain to a happy state!” [3:104]
Far be it from me to get on the moral soapbox and proclaim what’s right and what’s wrong, as if I’m some saintly figure worthy of emulation and admiration. I’m far from such a state, truth be told. However, if a “Muslim,” by definition, is one who strives for justice and commands the good and forbids the evil, then perhaps these meager words may be of some contribution to my overall purpose, for the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said that to speak – or this case, to type – out against an injustice constitutes the second tier of iman (usually translated as “faith”). Call me a naive idealist if you wish, but ideals, for good or ill, have transformative properties. Just ask the Egyptians and Tunisians, who ousted Mubarak and Ben Ali…
Balancing the fiscal woes of a state or a nation off the backs of the poor and working class while simultaneously granting the wealthy and huge, multinational corporations significant tax cuts with vain hope they while somehow stimulate the economy with their savings (which they DON’T, trickle-down economics DOESN’T WORK; this isn’t politics; it’s a proven, empirical FACT) is unjust, counter-productive, and lastly, fatuous. And placating the whims of trans-national capitalism and the ostensible fiscally conservatives politicians who fellate with these corporations in the first place by way of usurping collective bargaining rights of union workers shows, to me, a contempt for the people who make this nation what is: the average, working class Joe or Sue, the quotidian American. There’s some class warfare going on alright, but it ain’t against the rich and powerful, like the Republicans and Faux News (Fox News, but Faux is more apropos) are always complaining about, that’s for damn sure.
But enough from me. I’ll let those more eloquent than myself do the “talking” henceforth.
And let’s not forget about Libya. May Allah grant them success in expelling that lunatic Gaddhafi. Given the recent track record of the Arab despots, I’d say it won’t be long before Gaddhafi falls, insha’Allah. He didn’t get the memo, which explains him missing the premise, and which might also explain him missing other things, like screws for his brain.
And let’s also not forget about the turmoil in Bahrain as well. This case is especially sensitive since the ruling class in Bahrain happens to be of the Sunni tradition while the majority is of the Shi’a tradition. I’m afraid the overall silence of Sunni Muslim leaders about the situation in Bahrain is telling of all too common, all too typical hypocritical stance: they seem willing to speak out against the tyranny in the Arab Sunni world but they aren’t willing to impugn the suppression of the Shi’a majority done by Sunni Muslims – and indeed, in some cases, may even support or justify such actions. Even though I identify with the Sunni tradition, I’m going to side the Shi’is on this one. “Help your brother,” said the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, “whether is the oppressed or the oppressor.” My brothers and sisters, in this case, are both: the oppressed are the Shi’a and the oppressors are the Sunni. My Allah grant the oppressed a reprieve and may He guide the hands of my brethren to what is just and equitable.
- Unrest Continues in Libya, Bahrain (news.firedoglake.com)