ARE WE CAPTIVATED BY OUR ASSUMPTIONS
ARE WE CAPTIVATED BY OUR ASSUMPTIONS?
IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT WE HAVE SOME ASSUMPTIONS OF OUR OWN, SOME ARE ALREADY IN PLACE AND WE HONORABLY ACCEPT THEM. WE EXAMINE THESE ASSUMPTIONS AS THEY ARE THE OBSTACLES TO OUR EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL & ALL KINDS OF PROGRESS.
There is no doubt that we are the inheritors of a very glorious and enlightened history and we have fulfilled our duty of preserving it in our hearts in the best possible way. This is a very good deed done first by Ibn Khaldun. This was the background of our educational history! Of course, we are not disappointed at all, but our progress is not such that we can adapt to the current pace of life and time, and the main reason is that we are captivated by the assumptions we have made. Have become and now these assumptions have become so prevalent that those have become idioms and proverbs in our society. Let's take a look at all of them:
1. “THIS IS A CONSPIRACY”
This is the most popular proverb in our community because we Muslims see only conspiracy in everything. Zionist conspiracy, Jewish conspiracy, Israeli conspiracy, Sangh Parivar conspiracy, community conspiracy, Western conspiracy, European conspiracy, global conspiracy! If Muslims are backward then it is a conspiracy. If you can't make progress in the field of education, then this is also a 'conspiracy'. We have been calling every negligence, deprivation and failure a conspiracy of others. Doesn't that mean we declare and admit that we easily become the victims of a conspiracy because the conspirator is always more capable or at least smarter than the victim.
We acknowledge that Muslims are being persecuted on a global scale at the behest of wealth and the media, but why are we falling prey to their conspiracies? If there is a Zionist conspiracy to prove that Muslims are terrorists, then why don't we develop an effective media to spread truth? If the dollar, the pound and the euro have become a power, then why don't Dinars, Dirhams and Riyals become a power? If the backward classes divided into hundreds of factions unite in the name of reservation, then why do the Muslims divided into dozens of factions unite on this issue? If the government is conspiring to sanction and fund Muslim educational institutions, then why don't we use the most effective economic weapon, Zakat? Why are we still confused as to whether we can use Zakat for education or not? And we have yet to decide ‘which education’?
Even in Muslim countries today, there are many Muslim plumbers, fitter, helpers, office boys, room boys, but when there is s need for a high position, then only Subramaniam and Dikshit are selected for it. Now we want to know who is conspiring in our Muslim countries? How did Pandey and Joshi of the Sangh Parivar become successful there and how are they getting jobs with a monthly salary of lakhs of rupees on their own terms? Has the Israeli conspiracy prevented the Arab countries from establishing research institutes and scientific research institutes? In the Brahmin settlements, even the children of the seventh and eighth grades have seriousness and commitment towards their careers. Is the bloodshed of our youth on the corners of our settlements also the result of a Jewish conspiracy? Are the CI and Mossad active here too?
2. “THIS SHOULD HAPPEN”
The second most favorite proverb of Muslims is "it should be so". Meetings, seminars, symposiums are being held every now and then and volumes are printed, in which it is said that 'this should happen'. But there is no absolute accountability for whether “I am doing” it myself. For example:
(1) The most common phrase among Muslims is "Muslims should hold fast to the rope of Allah". (One wonders if we have a single thread of truth in our hands?)
(2) It is said that there should be an awakening among the Muslims.
(One should think, what time he gets up in the morning?)
(3) We must compete with other communities. (Think I'm at least making my kids better than the kids of other communities?)
(4) ‘There should be proper upbringing of children in our homes’ (wondering if I have done proper upbringing of children in my own home?)
(5) "We should establish higher education institutions in our community"
(One should think if he has ever helped to start a ‘Balwadi’ or K.G.?)
(6) “For the educational development of the community, we must sacrifice not only body but also money. "(Think you've donated even a mat for the kids at a school in a slum?")
(7) "Muslims should come on one platform." (Think we have at least brought our family or relatives on one platform?)
(8) "There must be a complete educational revolution among Muslims" (think if I have saved at least two children in my building from dropping out of school, or even in my neighborhood?)
That is to say, “It should be that way” have been saying for at least 75 years after independence. At least now our community has to use the words: "I will do this", "I am going to do this", "I am doing this". Because one thing is for sure, this change in the field of thought and action is going to be the guarantee of success.
This world is not complete. It cannot be complete. Every society is incomplete. Incompleteness is not a defect. However, when a society becomes crippled, it becomes difficult for it to run, it becomes difficult for it to walk and it has to resort to crutches, then it will definitely be called a defect. In almost every society, however, some contradictions are constantly becoming obstacles. Some sayings are prevalent here and have taken over our hearts and minds which do not allow us to move forward. (Continued ....)