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The Tragedy of Muslims

7 Aug

Gaza assault has become synonymous with heartless cruelty. Hundreds of women and children have become prey to Israel’s right of self-defense. Many more may follow if the world keeps itself mum over atrocities committed in Gaza. Where Israeli attack cannot be justified on humanitarian grounds, can the silence of Muslim community; the very countries that proudly declare themselves part of the Muslim culture and tradition, be more culprit?

It is understandable when it comes to Israel that it will show no mercy on Palestinians. These communities have been at each other’s throats for decades. It is very normal for one to be overtly cruel to his enemies. But words fall short in describing the insensitivity of the Muslim community that is known to have sympathies for the Palestinian cause. Now it is clearer than ever that those sympathies run their course when they are typed in the official policy statement. These policy statements are never translated into actual words. None of the Muslim countries has the temerity to stand up, even principally, to the hell that is raised in Gaza.

The causes of decline of the Arabs has been debated comprehensively. Certainly, the Arabs have not seen such turmoil in their lands and adjacent to theirs. Economically dependent and jealous of each other’s progress, the Arab states have forgotten what it is like to be principally correct. A society that witnessed its rise on being the most righteous ones are now suffering due to its very absence. Disunity of cause and purposelessness of state policies have led to communal decline.

Middle East is confounded. It is caught between the modern democratic systems where people are the masters of their fates and between traditionalists who aspire to return to the golden era of Muslim dominance of the world. Befuddling all rationality, the state system has collapsed itself to the whims of extremists and other non-state actors. These fallen countries would soon be turned into hatch zones of terrorists determined to blow up any one who, ever so slightly, differs in their practice of religion.

The core reason why Muslim states are unable to meet any consensus over Gaza issue is that they themselves are fighting for their survival. Their efforts of international peace are marred by perpetual internal threats to their state structure. Muslims states in Middle East have entered a new phase of disintegration. Pakistan has launched a massive operation against TTP in its mountainous range of North Waziristan. Muslim countries of the Africa are not much well off themselves to become a forceful voice at international stage. This disunion has encouraged the enemies of Muslim countries to initiate their onslaught.  Rife with internal discord, Muslim countries could never find the selfless spirit to defend their weaker brethren.

It is only rational that one would hope of rapid recovery of Muslim nation-states. But this recovery comes only when efforts are made for the true implementation of democracy, emphasis on scientific education and research, better health facilities to every common citizen, employment, and, perhaps the most important of them all, political leadership that believes in the people it governs and instilled with the fortitude to take their country to newer heights of development. In it lies the genuine rise of Muslim nation-states. May the Muslims find succor and strength to take their countries where they rightfully belong.