We Must Go to WarWritten by Ieuan Dolby
“I say chaps; our economy is not doing too well at all”. My bank balance is just too low and to be quite honest I would like to buy another million dollar house in Bahamas because other five that I have are just not enough for my lover and I – education for children is so expensive.
What on earth can we do about this disastrous situation? Hey, I have an idea let’s go to war, that always boosts economy and lets us build more arms and then afterwards we can rebuild fallen nation and my company can go in and get all contracts. Yeah, I like that! Last week my wife threatened to leave me, said that she would sue me for half estate, 20billion dollars she would get, so I need to do something urgent about that. Maybe transfer all my funds to some Mickey Mouse state, declare bankruptcy, go to trial and then be set free – of course with provision that I behave myself! Oh, I’ll behave myself all right with my yacht, my string of woman at my beck and call and a bank account filled with proceeds of millions from my fallen companies pension funds earnings – stupid investors.
I must not step ahead of myself just yet though. Court cases take years to produce results so my wife can be kept loose and with odd million to keep her mouth shut. Maybe she will end in AA clinic, take drugs or have an affair – that would soon settle her score. And also my companies have not yet been raided by auditors; they certainly would have a field day in my offices as nothing adds up at all. What’s one plus one? In my books it equals three hundred and forty six if you get my drift! I’ve been cooking books and fooling people for years, all those silly workers who’ve invested in my ultimate pension fund scam; they have just given me my very own pension fund and plenty of it too. The funny thing about all of this though is that all of paperwork leads to others doors, I can just pretend that I am poor victim of my financial officer’s scams or that my Chief Executive was building his own empire behind my back – great being boss and owner don’t you think?
The important thing for me now though is not my deranged wife or my troubled company, both of them will take years to sort out and a few greased palms will soon ease my way if I am not already on my remote island. The problem now though is that I am not in Forbes top 100 list of world’s richest men. That is my dream, to be recognized and known world over as being superior and above, to be talked about in same hushed tone as Bill Gates and to be up there with best of best. And at this rate I will not get there. The economy has stagnated, I cannot take any more money from investors, I cannot cook books any more as they are already cinders and I cannot make company seem any more valuable than it already is not. I just need economy to pick up so that I will get contracts, attract investors, re-cook new books and walk away with others billions and then my place will forever be secured!
reflection of american muslim Written by Madiha Najeeb
REFLECTION OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS.
After 9/11 event, all Muslims are thinking that”What is future of Islam? ”, especially in America, as we are seeing in Iraq, Afghanistan what is America is doing in name of terrisiom. While seeing in present, we do not see future, but we are concerned about future as whatever we do now will affect our future. In America we are actually not first wave of Muslims who came to this country. There have been at least three waves of Muslims who came before us, but they were not able to established Islam for what ever reasons. What are they, at this time move toward and over look on them? The first wave of Muslims came or were brought in as slaves from Africa about two hundred years ago. Muslims could not establish themselves as Muslims as they were oppressed. They are chained and left on plantation in total slavery, their religion, names were changed and there social structure was broken. They were not allowed to practice their religion. So we cannot blameworthiness them for not being able to conventional Islam. Now second waves came after WW1 from Balkan state, Lebanon e.t.c. These Muslims were settled in Midwest and north east, including areas like Dearborn, Toledo, Chicago and Detroit. On that time they squander their time and life to establishing themselves as cost-effectively and socially. Religion was not on their minds at that time. They just pay no heed to it at all. It is heartening to note that many of descendants of first two waves are now coming back to fold over of Islam and helping establish Islam in collaboration with third waves, which includes immigrant Muslims coming to this country since 1950’s and constitution (60%) of six six million, present-day American Muslims. Many of Afro-Americans are now finding their roots in Islam, reverting to Islam, and asserting themselves as Muslims. But this is not enough we have to think and envisage our mistakes and try to over come on it to establish ourselves as a great Muslims. The best thing is learn some lesson from our past. A glorious Muslim empire in Andalusia (Spain), about seven hundred years, Muslims ruled that country, but we were wiped out after inquisition. If we analyze that time so we will see several reasons for them not to establish Islam in land forever. The First reason was lack of unity among Muslims. In Spain they created class structure of Muslims, and theses classes did not live on equal basis. This was against Islam. Second, they were not able to practice Islam collectively, but more individually. Islam is religion that has to be practiced collectively. Third Islamic education on an individual level was not there, but there was more emphasis was given to secular and technical education. Fourth, too much emphasis on culture in form of art, music, food or dress but not enough on defense. “Culture is necessary for survival of soul, defense is necessary for of soul, defense is necessary for survival of body.” Finally, most important reason that these civilizations were destroyed and were fail it provoke other to Islam. Invitation to Islam is not lavishness, but a prerequisite and a tool for endurance. While discussing future of Islam in America, we must examine parameters of a good future. If we judge future by numbers, yes, it is true numbers of Muslims are tremendously increasing in this country. A quarter of century ago there were about hundred thousand Muslims, and now there are over six millions. If we look at world map number of Muslims is over a billion, but regrettably they hardly have any strength in that number. It quality of Muslims that is important, rather than number itself. The quality of Muslims who were in minority and out numbered in “Battle of Badr” by three to one, but they were able to succeed with conviction “that they are best nation created for mankind”. Although our number is very similar to Jewish people in this country, we have no comparison in strength in terms of economics, politics and educational strength. We do not have any congressman or senators. We do not control university boards or facilities. We do not have a single factory or financial institution which is able to employ. Muslims in large numbers, therefore we cannot able to judge future of Islam by number of Muslims praying on earth. M any of Muslims, especially of in-migrant origin, is embroiled in preserving ethnic culture, but this ethnic culture, whether in name of social parties, music, dress shows, is nothing but passing shows. After this generation of Muslims has passed away, our children and youth of immigrant parents will not be able to sustain that ethnic culture. There will be only two cultures left for Muslims: an Islamic culture and American culture.
What about our health and physical strength? In my opinion, are not keeping themselves in physical shape either. Most of our parties involve nothing but sitting down, making chit-chat and eating rich foods and then going to bed, result of that foods are coronary artery disease, diabetes and many chronic conditions is increasing. We are not doing exercise nor are we watching our diets and nutrition. I m saying all this that our neighbors decide to do ethnic cleansing, as it I happening in Bosnia, twenty years from now, will we prepared to defend our women and children? Or, if United Nations an Bosnian government request Muslims of America to come and help them, are we in physical shapes to go there and help them in their war? A healthy Muslim is backbone of a healthy community. It is true that our family and our youth future. Muslim elders, scholars, writer and leader are now in their fifties. In next twenty to twenty-five years, this generation, which is bearing task of trying to establish Islam, will pass away. Unless we have created a new grassroots leadership which will replace us, there will be a vacuum.