Rabat - Nearly 1,500 years ago, a man was sent to a community that was very similar to our nations today.
Rabat – Nearly 1,500 years ago, a man was sent to a community that was very similar to our nations today.
A community where slavery, ethnicity, segregation, adultery, supremacy, polytheism and fanaticism were the features of people usually referred to as illiterates. In no more than 23 years, those people were united under the same flag. A flag that did not change color from soil to soil, a flag that did not dance on changing countries’ glorifying tunes, a flag that bore nothing but two sentences. The same two sentences responsible for changing the course of not only the tribe’s history, but the entire world’s history.
Following the teachings of a man, who was later considered by occidental thinkers as the most influential person in human history, those same people have become brothers and sisters, even with no blood relation. Following the commands of a man who used to lead and fight battles himself, those people have ruled an empire that stretched from the borders of China and the Indian subcontinent, across Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula, to the Pyrenees.
Following the guidance of a man who was first to starve when people got hungry and last to eat when people sated, those same people prospered for a very long time. Following the instructions of a man who was neither a president nor a king, those same people sacrificed their families, wealth and even lives to enlighten the road for future generations, to deliver the trusteeship, to preserve the message and to fulfill the duty. Following the avocations of man who had a lot, lived on so little and gave so much, those same people conquered most of the known world to save the people from oppression, to establish justice, to fight tyranny and to highly raise the two sentence flag. Following the disciplines of a man whose words were mere wisdom, those same people were scholars, scientists, doctors, astronomers and historians whose ingenuity, creativity, innovation, discovery and most importantly ethics led the world.
Yet at some point the teachings were forgotten, the chains were broken, the ropes were ruptured and thus the unlocking keys of mathematics, physics, chemistry, medicine, astronomy and philosophy were thrown away. A time came when we lost our identity, when we forgot who we really are, when we ignored our history, when we focused on our differences rather than our similarities, when we took all the achievements, all the glories and all the blessings for granted we’ve become nothing but a drunk ship lost in the mountain waves of angry oceans. We’ve become likewise because while they recited verses of the Quran, we recite women glorifying chants.
Because while they traveled thousands of miles and miles pursuing knowledge and science, we travel thousands of miles and miles for football games and festivals. Because while they gathered in mosques and libraries, we gather in cafeterias and movie theaters. Because while they dedicated their lives to the advancement of the nation, we devote our lives to personal gain and self-entertainment. Because while they danced on swords clanks, we dance drunk on ridiculous singings. Because while they lived for a cause, we live for ephemeral pleasures, and while they died on battlefields defending the latter flag, we die in worm beds as the camels do.
Consequently, wives divorce their husbands because they are not as romantic as Turkish hero series. Husbands cheat on their wives because it’s what Hollywood movies are propagandizing. Girls lose their honor to complete strangers in the name of love. Boys use drugs because it’s what modern guys do. People wear what TV promotes because a singer is paid thousands of dollars per second for two minutes of publicity. Politicians are full of lies and fabrications because the end justifies the means. Parents miss educate their children because they are busy making a living but not a life. Soldiers die in the name of nationalism because they don’t know that war is nothing but a profitable industry. Hospitals are trading centers because in front of death all the fees are unquestionably answered. Mosques are deserted because people have a future plan of repentance. Judges are in service of wealth because justice is priceless. Rulers are in constant quest of power because they ironically believe in second chances. The streets are full of prostitutes, delinquent children, single mothers, and crazy people because it’s what our modern civilized society shamefully mothers.
Though they say that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Are we the ones to raise the two sentences of the discarded flag, or will we be historically remembered as cowards? Hush! The question is being answered.
Edited by Allison Kreamer
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