Life is a race…

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Remember, Life is a race…if you don’t run fast, you will get trampled !
~ Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe, Director of ICE, {3 idiots}.

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THE MANIFEST EVIDENCE

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THE MANIFEST EVIDENCE!

‘Quod non apparet non est’; that is the philosophy of some people. If they hear about it, they will say ‘seeing is believing’. If they are privileged to see it, they will say ‘this is not sufficient to convince us, we need to see more’. THIS is the trait of no other than hypocrites. It is akin to the story of a man who lives in a dilapidated house, and then after a tireless demand for succour the state decides to demolish it and build a new strong state-of-the-art home for him. But rather than relocating to his new home, the man still clings to the old rubble.

On a Tuesday, the 26th day of February to be exact, something peculiar transpired in Queen Elizabeth II hall, University of Ibadan. A 200 level student of Bio-chemistry who goes by the name, Ola Kareem Khayrah, was visited by her mom and given some chunks of raw meat. Later on, as she was boiling the meats, the intriguing incident took place: the name of God, as it is universally used by Arabs and Muslims, appears on one of the chunks.

Relating it, in my presence, some hours later, at the Dawah Enlightenment programme organised by the Muslim students’ society of the university, Khayrah had this to say; ‘’my mommy brought raw beef for me in Queen’s hall. I took the meat to the meat to the kitchenette to boil. As the meat started to simmer, an inscription of Allah’s name in Arabic language {الله} began to appear on a piece of the meat. The more the meat boiled, the clearer the inscription became. I then decided to fry that slice of meat, perhaps, the name will disappear. Lo! It became more engraved on the meat after frying. The experience really shocked me.’’

It is worthy of note that this is not the first time something like this would happen, neither is it the second, fifth nor tenth I have personally seen. We have seen and heard of related cases in other parts of the globe, but none ever this nigh. There is the case of the tree bowing towards the Ka’aba, the child born with Arabic inscriptions, the cactus plant forming ‘Allah’, the mosque that withstood a great seismic activity amongst many others.

One au fait with the Glorious Qur’an ought not to be flummoxed by the happening as it is indelibly stated in the divine scripture that ‘we will show them Our signs in the universe and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this [Qur’an, Islam] is the truth…’ {Q41, V53}

Verily, Islam is the only true religion endorsed by the Almighty. It is the only solution to all worldly snags. It is the only source of salvation. If only we did but know, those of us yet to accept Islam as the only genuine guidance for mankind would do so, and those who have, would hold it dearly in order to secure an eternity of peace and rest of mind.

Ad summum, as is the catch phrase of legal minds, ‘res ipsa loquitur’: ‘the thing speaks for itself’. There is absolutely no need for unnecessary elucidation and lengthy literature, in order to underscore what is already evident. And like I always say, ‘a word is enough for the wise, and a million chapters will never suffice a fool.’

‘Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his own self. And whoever goes astray, then, he goes astray to his own loss…’ {Q17, V15}

APPRECIATION

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 My recent state of infirmity

Has opened my eyes to some reality

One is…

Even if one thinks hard about it

We can never appreciate the value of good health

Until one is on the verge of losing it

We cannot know the importance of a penny

Until it is with us no more

We cannot realise the blessing in freedom

Until one tastes a life of imprisonment

REFORMING THE SOCIETY THROUGH THE FAMILY

 
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  REFORMING THE SOCIETY THROUGH THE FAMILY.

Recently, I saw a picture on facebook showing two Muslimat and one catholic putting on a veil. All of them are ‘corpers’, equally wearing the NYSC cap.
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After seeing it, I was pleased that we still have Nigerians bold enough to regard modesty and religion higher than routine and secularity. But to my dismay, the page that uploaded the picture actually meant to condemn and ridicule the act, and it earned the endorsement of majority of the ‘commenters’, some describing them as barbaric and obsolete. This only reflects how twisted the thoughts of many are, how suddenly our values have changed and how we now condemn attitudes that used to be cherished by majority of the human race.

Many have wondered why there is so much anomalies, immorality and corruption in present times, why every aspect of human life seems to be upside down, why our mind-sets are so perverted that we now consider normal things as strange and abnormal things as ordinary. Many wise enough to detect this worrisome state of affairs, have attempted to seek the source and eventually reduce, or at best, curb it once and for all.

Some believe that the inadequacies of the government is the root-cause due to the paucity of employment and a qualitative accessible education system. Some are of the view that it is the media along with means of globalization that brought immorality along with it when it emerged because of the innumerable immoral ideas propagated through TV shows, radio broadcasts, magazines and most especially the internet which seems to have its tentacles glued to all lands across the globe. Others believe it is the backwardness in the schools and ineffectiveness of the pedagogy that has led to the situation we find ourselves.

However, I am of the strong belief that none of the afore-mentioned agencies has been the cause of more havoc to our societal values and moral standards than the family has. The Family, apart from the individual, is the smallest unit in the society and it exerts the most influence on the individual by helping to form his views, opinions and mind-set. This is not surprising as the family is the first companion, teacher and mentor a child has. And if it IS defective in imparting the right values and attitudes into a child, then it will ultimately affect the society that child grows in.

The similitude of a flawed family to the society is like that of a rotten egg to a crate of eggs. It, no doubt, will transfer its malady to the other members. Hence, to curb social ills, we need to look inward and start from the fountainhead of the larger society, the family.

The family is like a complex edifice, with many intricate body components. For a family, and by extension the society, to be successful, one has to monitor all these parts. One of these is the marriage, the foundation of all homes. At times, due to some inadequacies on the part of marriage partners, the future of a child is destroyed even prior to its conception.

Many people jump into marriages without making necessary considerations such as the availability of a sufficient source of income, the compatibility of genotypes and the rationale behind ones attachment to ones lover. The latter is very paramount as ignoring it may lead to long-lasting scars in the married life, thereby affecting the future of the offspring. Marriages borne out of lust are bound not to last long, or if they do last long, then they will be tumultuous. In any case, the children will be the ones to bear the brunt psychologically, financially, academically and socially. Also, children should be properly begotten. It is a fact that children who are products of fornication or adultery, children who are HIV positive or sickle cell carriers and those that are born into extreme poverty will find it difficult to live a normal life and will on the long-run, take to behaviours harmful to them and the larger society.

After properly constituting our families, what else we need to do is encourage the re-emergence of the extended family structure, which is the common practice in Africa before the infiltration of western values. Now, many people prefer the ‘me, my spouse and children’ type of home. The havoc this is causing is not obvious, but great. One, it makes it hard to monitor the child(ren). An extended system would provide sufficient monitoring, security, healthy competition amongst the children and moral support to the children. Here is what Pearl S. Buck has to say; ‘the lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people-no mere father and mother-as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has moulded him into it before he was born’.

Another important issue, germane to the success of any family is that of career mothers. I am of the opinion that it is in the interest of no one that a woman should work far from home, and for long hours. Mothers seem to have lost focus on their most important goal and duty; to cater for the children and the family. It is naturally, historically and scripturally the work of mainly the man and head of the family to provide for the monetary needs of the family. In a case whereby the father is hardly at home, and the mother too is a workaholic, leaving home early in the morning and returning late at night; even if a nanny is hired, it will still have deleterious effects on the child. Mothers need to understand that the best way to render service to their community is by being there for their children. I’m not arguing that they should not engage in any lucrative activity, but such activity must not in any way hinder them from giving their ‘all’ to their family.

Apart from these, parents have a duty apart from feeding, clothing and educating a child, and that is to show good examples to the child. They should not only instruct him/her to do or not to do something, their behaviours must also manifest such instructions. A scenario in which the child observes that his parents are adulterers, drug addicts or amoral individuals, will only degenerate to the child being no better as he/she will tend to take them as role models.

Lastly, the level of discipline in our families is very abysmal. Parents are no longer strict in monitoring and correcting their children. Whenever children act inappropriately or in an impolite manner, parents no longer caution them and if they do, it is with inordinate clemency. This kind of attitude will only prove to be counter-productive, as the child, judging from the reaction from his parents, will not be aware of the enormity of some enormities.

In summation, I would like to implore all those truly desiring to reform the society and set things right in the world, to begin from their individual homes. The situation of our families is very appalling. The fact that countries like Russia, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Ukraine and Panama with very high divorce rates also have the highest prevalence on crimes and immoralities is not a surprise. Once the family is not effective in its inherent function of nurturing the children and future leaders, this failure and ineffectiveness will inevitably reflect in the society. I wish to end with a quote from Anthony Brandt: Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.

THE GREATEST SERMON

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THE GREATEST SERMON.

Once upon a time, there was a great religious scholar. He preached to people every Friday in a temple. People came from distant lands to listen to him, because his sermons were very interesting and he possesses rare knowledge and wisdom.

On one of such occasions, that is, on a Friday, he told his students and the people gathering for his lecture that they should ensure they come the next week because he will be delivering his greatest sermon. The people were shocked because they could not imagine a sermon more interesting than the ones he had been giving.

The crowd that assembled for his sermon the following Friday was enormous. Everybody wanted to hear this ‘great sermon’. Some had arrived at the temple since morning even though the sermon will only commence by 04:00pm in the evening. But the great scholar was unusually not there in time. When the people became worried about his absence, one of his senior students was sent to summon him.

The student found him in a lotus position with beads in his hand. He called him and told him the people were waiting but the scholar did not respond. He called him again and again but still no response. He thought he must be in a meditative mood. However, he courageously went ahead and tapped him on the shoulder. But still no response, not even a slight motion. That was when he knew the great scholar was no more of this world.

He then went back to break the news of his demise to the anxious audience. Then they realised they realised what he meant by ‘the greatest sermon’. What sermon could possibly be more touching than this?

The reality of death is inevitable. It is no respecter of age, knowledge or wealth. Be you rich or poor, old or young, knowledgeable or ignorant, pious or not; you will leave this world one day, perhaps sooner than you bargained for. Many people are afraid to die. Many hate to hear about it. But it is not really death we fear, but what comes after it. We doubt if we deserve good in the hereafter. The question therefore is: how have we been preparing for the ultimate and the last visitor? Because, VERILY ALL SOULS SHALL TASTE [OUT OF THE CUP OF] DEATH.

GrOwInG uP !

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GROWING UP IS ONE OF THE HARDEST TASKS I HAVE EVER CONFRONTED.
IT REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF PERSEVERANCE AND TOLERANCE.
IT IS AT THIS STAGE OF MATURATION THAT A CHILD IS REQUIRED TO FIGHT HIS INNERMOST DESIRES. HE GETS TO, EITHER KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY, GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF UNPRODUCTIVE AND MUNDANE THINGS THAT WRESTLE HIM PSYCHOLOGICALLY. THIS KNOWLEDGE DRAWS HIM AWAY FROM HIS SET-GOALS. AND WITHOUT THE EXERCISE OF UTMOSY CAUTION, EVENTUALLY PUSHES HIM INTO THE GROPE OF DARKNESS, FAILURE, REGRET AND POVERTY…
I TELL YOU; WHATEVER DECISIONS AND ACTIONS, A CHILD MAKE AND TAKE BETWEEN
THE AGES OF 15 AND 25 GO A LONG WAY AND DETERMINE TO A COLLOSAL EXTENT WHAT HIS FUTURE HOLDS…