بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
The Editorial of Al-Murshid: October 2016
Editorial by Sahibzada Abdul Qadeer Awan,
” وَلَكُمْ فِي الْقِصَاصِ حَيَاةٌ يَاْ أُولِيْ الأَلْبَابِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ “
“O people of Rationale! There is ‘Life’ for you in (the Law of just retribution) Qisas, so that you may become Allah-Cognizant.” (2:179)
Justice (انصاف), fairness (عدل) and equity of rights (مساوات); Any thing or deed, to be in its most appropriate state/position. Transgression and diminution disrupts justice. The Realm of Creation is based upon ‘cause and effect’; consequently, the absolute balance in these causes is the spirit of Life. Accordingly, when the creation is dependent upon balance, thereupon how can the greatest of creations receive beneficence without this equity.
Amongst all creations, man is the greatest of all creations; Furthermore, inherently amongst endless characteristics that man has been endowed with, one of them is also of thought and contemplation. That is why man is in a state of a ‘test’; otherwise life would have been without choices (predetermined). Neither could he have brought on wrath/tribulation upon himself nor would he have been rewarded with blessings. Society is not the name of a place or person; in fact, it is a group of individuals. The difference between thinking and caliber, creates a wall of conflicts amongst people. Subsequently these conflicts give birth to hatred and become a cause of clash. Justice is essential for peace. Accordingly, how is justice possible without a provided system? If intelligence and rationale are brought into use, and Allah Kareem is Kind, thereupon it is clearly understood that the difference between our thinking and caliber compels us to come to the conclusion that the code of life should be determined by the Creator Himself.
These days, much debate is done over endless aspects of the gravity of the prevailing circumstances. In which sometimes the politicians are determined as the cause of the decadence, while at other occasions the national institutions; alternatively, on rare occasions, even after all the oppression, the people at large also are held responsible. Although, the success of any country depends upon five fundamental systems, which are: Justice, education, health, economy, and politics. Leaving aside the system of Justice, the priority of the remaining four systems can be argued upon; that accordingly which system holds top priority. However, without the system of Justice, the importance/significance of no other system remains. Significantly, irrespective of having attained our freedom, we have continued ‘the system of Justice’ established during colonialism, with full force. Alas! If only someone would look at the state of the oppressed/victims sitting at the courts. Alas! If only one could understand/empathize with the plight of those parents, who with their agonized children in their laps, are waiting helplessly outside the government hospitals. Oh Alas! If only someone would inquire about the state of that daughter of the nation, who was lost her honour (assaulted); who was turned into ‘breaking news’ by us and in the attempt to be rescued by the rulers have become the talk of the town.
گنوا دی ہم نے جو اسلاف سے میراث پائی تھی
ثریا سے زمین پر آسمان نے ہمیں دے مارا
We have lost the heritage that we inherited from our ancestors,
(Hence) from the Pleiades (the seven stars), the sky threw us to the ground/Earth.
In our lives, the holy month of Moharram is arriving again in the near future. While it is the beginning of the New Islamic year, simultaneously it is a knock at the door of our hearts; that where are you all lost in an alien world, while the reality lies in the obedience of the Prophet ﷺ. Whatever may be your status, nevertheless on a daily basis ‘Karballa’ reoccurs within your heart; accordingly, of good and evil, of righteousness and wickedness; whether you choose to keep alive the tradition (Sunnah) of the blessed household of the Prophet ﷺ, or follow Yazid instead.
Justice demands … we follow the household of the Prophet ﷺ.