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Our Responsibility for Reforming Society
S. A. Rehman
|Dear Brothers & Sisters,
It Is Not Enough To Be Good; One Must Also Show The
Right Path To Others Who Might Otherwise Do Evil.
God Almighty brought us into existence, endowed us
with millions of blessings, granted us uncountable
sorts of eatables, provided us modes of relief,
respite and adornment so that we could live a
comfortable life. As there is no order greater than
that of God, therefore, we should get a complete
knowledge of His directives and spend our life
according to His will, and should not follow the path
forbidden by Him. And we should be grateful to Him
every moment for the blessings He has bestowed on us.
You know that to eliminate all kinds of vices from
the world and to promote good is the responsibility
of every person. Everyone amongst us is a caretaker
and is responsible for his subordinates on the Day
of Judgment. Rulers will be answerable for the
citizens of their state, every family head will be
accountable for the members of his family and will
be asked as to what he did for their reformation,
education and better life. He will be asked as to
whether he forbid them from adopting the bad ways,
and helped them in leading a pious life or not.
The world history reveals that until the people
performed the task of commanding the others to do
good and barring them from doing evil, the pious
people remained dominant in those societies and there
was peace and tranquility and satanic forces were
subdued. But, when this collective responsibility was
designated only to clerics, and the common people
ignored this task, in spite of the efforts of the
clerics, waywardness spread quickly. A wave of
offenses, terrorism, tyranny, evils, sins, ignorance
and anarchy engulfed almost every segment of life.
Disorder, commotion and chaos were on the rise in the
world society, wrecking the peace of all mankind.
The world is facing disaster upon disaster every day
and people are expecting a major catastrophe. The
deeds that have been forbidden by God are being
committed openly. The evils are increasing, while the
virtues are fading out gradually. Tyranny, oppression
and carnage are going on, liars and cheats are
overcoming. Terrorism, bribery, corruption, evil,
nudity, vulgarity and wickedness have assaulted the
world. It seems we have reached inferno before the
Last Day. History tells us that such a situation
arises when people are being cursed by God.
It is feared that members of the previous generations
will be accountable for their individual deeds on the
Day of Judgment, but present generation will be
thrown as a whole into hell after a collective
prosecution, because the nobles of this generation
remained as silent spectators instead of restraining
the Wrongdoers, Terrorists and Separatists from
committing, cruelty, sins and misdeeds.
The Divine punishment to an ancient civilization
seconds this fear. There were three groups during
that period. One was of knaves, the second was of the
people who did good deeds but did not halt the
disobedient from transgression. The third group was
of the people who followed the Divine doctrines as
well as restrained others from disobeying them. When
God cursed the nation, the people exempted from this
torment were those who had been observing the limits
fixed by their Master and were stopping others from
wrongdoing as well.
There is another but similar happening. The residents
of a town had been engulfed by an ocean of sins.
However, there was a noble man who was always busy in
worshipping God, but he did not bother about
persuading others to give up their bad ways. When God
ordered the angels to destroy the town, He said:
" Overturn the town on the person who was anxious to
save himself from the Divine Punishment, but was not
endeavoring to save others from it".
I advise the virtuous people of the world that they
should not only depend upon their prayers to save
themselves from the Divine Punishment; rather they
should lead the Evil Doers and followers of Satan who
have gone astray, to the right path. They should
undertake this task against Evil Doers with full
determination. Only then will their virtues and
prayers save them from the Divine Punishment.
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