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MAY 2004
Volume 17-05 No : 209
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Let's Be a Pro-Active Ummah

Letís Be a Pro-Active Ummah

There are some among us who dedicate themselves to social service,
though they are not obliged to do so. Have we ever wondered how we could help these
Social Causes, or people who work for them?

By Shahnawaz Khan

The concept of being a good person, can be understood in many different ways. Most of us spend our entire life fulfilling our duties towards our families, such as earning a decent living, educating our children, making a house, and generally taking care of our family. Yet some more manage to fulfill their obligations towards Allah s.w.t. in offering their Salat and taking part in Charity. In short, our lives revolve around our own requirements, duties and dreams. But we also expect to see an improvement in Social activities, such as, Education of the poor, Reduction in anti-social elements of the society, Upliftment of the destitutes and much much more. Yes, there are some among us who dedicate themselves to social service, though they are not obliged to do so. Have we ever wondered how we could help these Social Causes, or people who work for them? A Society or Community is nothing, but a collection of individuals and families like ourselves.

How do we describe a good person? One who has a job and does some work, does not have bad friends, does not have bad habits, is educated and presentable. Meaning if the person is not bad, then he is good. He need not help others, but keep out of trouble, he may not contribute to the society, but not be a liability on it. Why do we have such a complacent view about being good? How do we expect an improvement in our Community, when everyone is just thinking of himself and not doing anything bad?

We have to be a little more active than this. Just giving our obligatory charity to some poor person will not help. That is our duty, but it is supposed to get us actively involved in helping others. Not passively write a cheque, give hand-outs and get over with it. Getting involved does not mean doing it full-time, or having huge funds, it means that we are ready to Stand-up and be counted, to get out of that chair and register your physical presence. Have you ever asked the caretaker in your local Masjid, whether he would like some help, does he need any small thing to be done? Have you visited the nearby Madrasas and Orphanage and told them of your support? Have you offered to pay for the books, or give clothes to a disadvantaged student in the local school? Have you given just Rs.50 to help build the local library? But you are ready to pay Rs.150 every month to the local Cable TV operator.

This job is not just for the Rich and Powerful in our society. Because we all have taken such a laid -back attitude towards community service, this load has fallen completely on the few shoulders to those who are willing. We feel that our minute contribution will not make any difference, but it does. We should become more Pro-active and not worry about the size of our contribution. When you see something to be done, try to find out how you can help. Even a small action such as writing a letter can be helpful. Why don't we write a letter to the local Municipality, Bank, Bus Company, Newspaper or the Railway authorities to register our complaint? We feel that nothing will happen, yes.. maybe nothing will happen, but we have to register our view, take our action. Help someone else to write that letter, don't worry about the results, just do what you are supposed to do. When small people like us, become more pro-active, things will have to move. We all know that public opinion counts, as it does in almost all spheres of life, be it politics or issues such as building a Dam. What counts is how many people support the issue, so shut that TV for sometime and get yourself counted, call someone, visit the local institution or atleast write that letter.... your action counts... however small...

The writer can be reached at mnfarms02@vsnl.net

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