Thursday, December 24, 2009
Subject: A beautiful poem from Rabindranath Tagore......
Thanks for such beautiful, short poem you sent me. I am reminded rightaway of a small surah within the Juz Mukadam that we small kids of that age put to memory Surah Al Maoun [ small kindnesses ].An age in the sixties when authority came in the mould of either a 'guru Quran' with his 'rotan' or the bespectacled 'Mrs Wong' in the classrooms.
We in the Muslim world have become more 'unIslamic' by the days:...beggars and the poor not well looked after, poor accountability among the ruling class who act with impunity, absence of humility and kindness, crass materialism,gross corruption and incompetence among the elites.....too many examples of that within the Malaysian landscape of late, PKFZ ,even jet engines can get lost in broad daylight without any one taking responsibility.... all due to increasing materialism and godlessness in a society able to boast that we are gifted with The Book and the Sunnah.
In the West despite they being 'lost like lost sheep' their values are more Islamic: Democracy , equality, freedom , accountability, humility, welfare for the down and out, the single parents and what have you.
Perhaps it is time we Muslims,like the Israelites of Moses' time, should ask ourselves, " how come our daily prayers and the Quran have not empowered us towards universal betterment, if not better , at least almost near on par with the West?" I suspect part of the answer is provided by the simple short surah below:
"Have you seen him who denies our religion ?
It is he who harshly repels the orphan
And does not urge others to feed the needy
Woe to those who pray
but are heedless of their prayers
Who put on a show of piety,
but refuse to give even the smallest help to others "
[ Surah Al Maoun , 107 : 1-7 ]
Dr Nik Howk