THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY

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KINI BIG DEAL: THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY?

I was recently going through a moral discourse on Nairaland.com, when a certain ‘Iduwuogbo’ commented saying “Bleep or no bleep, cater to your man. It’s 2013 for fevk sake! Kini big deal!?!(sic.)” And Lo and behold, she got a considerable number of likes (i.e. approval) from other members of the forum. This really threw me off.

Throughout my stay in this world, I have seen many posts and read thousands of comments on the virtual network. But in all honesty, I believe, if ever, only on a few occasions have I caught sight of one as annoying as this. Have we really stooped this low in terms of moral decadence? Why must we justify our wrecked ethical values with silly and highly flawed excuses (like the one above)?

People seem to think that what is moral and what is not is determined by the conduct of the majority. As long as the majority is stealing, then I can steal too. As long as the majority are homosexuals, no one dares point a finger at me. As long as the majority is corrupt, who are you to blame me. Excuse me… a thing does not seize to be absurd no matter what name we call it. A thing does not seize to be unjust because the president endorses it. Neither does a thing seize to be wrong because the majority are doing it. What determines good or bad, right or wrong, just or unjust, ought to be our rational thought process, the holy-scriptures, our conscience. Put in words of Marcus Tullius Cicero: ‘the absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.’

If we say we can do as we please, simply because we are in the 21st century, don’t we think the 20th century guys would have said so too.  Same applies to those who lived in the 19th century and antecedent years, because moralistic writers have been warning of moral decadence centuries ago. At times, when you read the remarks of some scholars (or perhaps, quotations), you will think the speaker is a contemporary one, due to the fact that the society he describes is much like the one obtainable today. But then you check the author’s name, and you discover it Socrates, Cicero or other ancient sages.

Hence, if we truly want good for ourselves and wish the best for humanity, let us not blame the times for our misdeeds, let us not engage in evil under the pretext of ‘besides, this is the jet age, the age of immorality, the age of freedom’. In fact, let us not engage in it at all.

“In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.” ~Mahatma Gandhi.

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WHY WEAR A GARB?

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WHY WEAR A GARB?

Why wear a garb?
Only to cover your thorax
While speaking to others

Why wear a garb?
Only to hide your undies
While alighting from taxies

Why wear a garb?
Only to walk about
As if manoeuvring a death trap

Why wear garbage?
Only to be in discomfiture
Only to hide in contrition

Only to satisfy the society
Displease the Almighty
And in fact, put yourself in anxiety

SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING PATIENT

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING PATIENT
“o you who believe! Be patient and excel in patience and remain steadfast, and be careful of (your duty to)Allah, that you may be successful.”

One faithful day, during the hour of Salatu-l-Zuhr (afternoon prayer for muslims), a musafir (traveller) was urged to lead the congregation in prayer. And after the completion, he narrated a short but beautiful story on the virtues of patience and forbearance. In shaa Allah, I will retell this story, as accurately as possible, using his own perspective.
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There was a time I had problem with my skin, so I paid a visit to a clinic that specialises in skin diseases, or so it seemed. I was told to wait, along with some others, at the reception. There were four of us; two appear to be conscious muslims and the last individual is a lady.

As time went by, the lady began to sing Christian songs, apparently seeing that those with are belong to another faith. Ideally, the muslim brothers ignored the lady’s clear attempts at provoking. Not getting the result she wanted, the lady raised her voice, and even turned in the muslims’ direction. Yet, they remained calm. In fact, being a muslim myself, and witnessing the whole episode, I felt obliged to address the woman and correct her lapse. More so, that my appearance would not present me as one who is biased. However, I remained silent.

After some time, the two brothers left the reception. And I asked the lady why exactly she pulled the stunt, knowing full well that they are muslims. She then said; “No o! Don’t you know those guys? They’re not muslims! One bears the name Paul and the other one is Samuel.” I was shocked at this response, but not for too long as I soon found out that she had a mental impairment.

Just imagine what could have happened if the reaction of the muslims had been retaliatory or violent? Who knows what might have ensued.
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The lesson I learnt from this story is to be patient in all situations. Things are not always as they seem. A muslim does not act based on emotion, but on reasoning. He does not allow his ego to rule over his intellect and moral code. If everyone goes mad, a muslim must be able to keep his head.

The truth is that if the two brothers had complained or shouted at the lady, everyone would heap the blame on them. The world is forever watching the muslim ummah for mistakes, flaws and shortcomings so that they may capitalise on such, and tarnish the image of Islam. We cannot allow this to happen. And that is why we must always act with caution, making sure to follow the example of the prophet (PBUH) to the letter.

This reminds of the story of how Hazrat Hamza (RA) reverted to Islam. One day, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was in meditation at the foot of Safa mountain, when Abu Jahl rebuked him in an extremely objectionable language and struck him. Uttering not a word, the Prophet (PBUH) returned home. Hamza had just returned from hunting, and he came to know about this incident. He rushed angrily to the compound of the Ka’aba, and saw Abu Jahl sitting among other Quraish leaders. He reproached and hit him, making the Shahada (the testimony in the oneness of Allah and prophethood of Muhammad). If the prophet had not been patient, and had he spoken angrily back at Abu Jahl, Hamza most likely would not have died as a believer.

The Prophet exhibited this attribute on countless occasions, and because of it, many believed and followed his path. It is, therefore, imperative for us too to inculcate it. May Allah (glorified and exalted is He) make it easy for us.

Amin.

PROSTITUTE IN DISGUISE

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PROSTITUTE IN DISGUISE

I may pretend I do not see you
But I do quite clearly
In fact
I seize every chance to take a look
I see you
Working against my success so doggedly
A devil incarnate you must be

You please my eye-balls
But worry my soul
You serve yourself
For others to devour
You think you are at liberty?
NO!
All you are is a slave
To the society

You roam the streets
Like a gentle lunatic
No better than a dog
Proud of its regalia
You put on fishnets
And say you are decent
You cover yourself in nylon and strands
And claim to be clad

Mini-skirts, mini-wits
Sleeveless shirts, zero feats
Buried face, glaring folly
If you deem yourself gorgeous
Why not ask your past love
Your days are numbered, O whore
For old-age is no one’s foe

My pals would point at you
As if to say
Now that is one material
Worthy of wedlock
In disgust I shake my head
Because I know
You are no more
Than a second-hand doll

You this clown!
You have the cheek
To say you a woman?
All you are is
A left-over dish
A worthless toy
A prostitute, in disguise