The Muslim Nation, united?

On a way back from I-10 Markaz, two friends of mine got robbed on gun point by the two boys who were students in actual and not a single person on road could rescue the two girls. This is the incident happened in Islamabad not in Karachi, the Capital that used to be peaceful once is likely to subject to such tragedies and blows. It is not the city I am talking about rather the catastrophe is boosted in the country and around the world.

The wonder when someone says “terrorist” by listening a word “Muslim” has not remained wonder any more. I am a Muslim and I don’t like when some Muslim brother or sister in a New York Avenue is suspiciously investigated for no good reason. Is it only because he/she is a Muslim? The Muslim nation is the only United Nation in the whole world that has prototypical identity and harmony. There is something we as a Nation has lost which has lead us to the unsolicited situation of todays. The situations might be excessive but not justifiable.

The truth is, we have left not reason for ourselves to blame someone else. No one from outside emanate and blasts a bomb and no one made some development plan of country go fail.  On the basis of race, sects, political views and ancestry, we find all the excuses in the world to create division among ourselves. We, ourselves have created the differences.

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Do you know that Muslim Nation is the most widely spread nation in the world at present? In future, world’s 50th Muslim country is expected till year 2030 and the country is Nigeria. Together, we can bring the change, retune our morals, values and prove the world our original identity. I read somewhere if you want to bring change, the easiest way to do is to change yourself first. Your change may stimulate your family, then family to circle, city, country and eventually the world. Remember! No MUN or their arm forces, National Banks and courts of Justice can bring the change until the change arouses in an individual’s mind with pronounced acceptance.

The Peshawar attack and Earthquake of 2008 deprived the whole nation but I was happy to see that there were helping hands around the globe for one Muslim Nation by others. The cryptograms of our hearts with the notes of sorrow, mourn and condemning of injustice with innocents of Ghaza assert that we live as a Muslim. Though, we have not positioned political or economic assistance on our levels but our feelings and senses articulate that we will because we can!

Look around and see how bad has happened, happening or can happen. Speak and share! Facebook and twitter is more than just leisure time entertainment. Don’t let your expressions be based upon the sect alterations instead as a one nation. We all pray that good sense prevails.

Building Peace in Our Hearts and Minds

Human mind is a center of perception and thinking in connection with the heart subjected towards understanding, awareness of surroundings, circumstances and behaviors. There has always been and there will remain a need to keep our minds and hearts in a state of peace and tranquility in order to respond positively towards changing situations.

Building peace in our minds and hearts is a step wise journey. At every step there comes unwilling situations and hardships. We need to control our emotions and reactions in order to cope with hardships. The meaning of peace is often illustrated as our comfort and contentment which in actual is a wrong perception. There is a quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for.”

Similarly, we are indeed safe in our comfort zones but this is not what we, humans are meant to live for. The creation of human with ability to think and feel has purpose, purpose of struggle. There comes a time when one has to come out of his/her comfort zone letting oneself to commit mistakes and then correcting them to experience new learning.

For establishing peace, we must answer the questions: Why we have lost harmony in our behaviors? Can we repossess peace? The answers are a matter of one sincere thought to ourselves. We need to acknowledge that our values are changed, our way of thinking about people lack optimism, rather improving ourselves we have become judgmental towards others. As the process of building peace is a journey, the foremost step in this journey is to explore yourselves.

We cannot claim anything about anyone based on external appearance because we never know what other person is going through unless we go and make an interaction with him/her. For an instance there is a girl who is not much talkative having a quit nature and speaks rarely to someone. I, at first thought she has attitude or she considers herself good than others so don’t make talk to people. Whereas, I was wrong. This judgmental approach only lead a person to misunderstandings, loosing of relation and eventually loss of entire peace.

To bring peace in our minds and hearts, we need to change our approach, our understandings and our values that we have lost. Firstly, as discussed before we need to eradicate the habit of being critical. Secondly, retrieving our values, we must stop telling lies with one another, we should be truthful in our dealings, we must know that no one but we ourselves are responsible for our happenings, we need to develop the sense of forgetting and forgiving. We must ensure one another by our actions and deeds that we belong to same class of Humans. No matter, what is your religion, skin colorPeace or country, we share equal human rights.

Hence, the plant of peace can be potted in one word of “understanding” consisting of little seeds which when sowed in the pot results in a healthy green plant. Elbert Einstein said:

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

Our ideas, our practicality and we ourselves can make a difference. We can build peace in our minds and hearts and we will.