Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Time to Reflect

Peace be upon you all,

I believe that this is a fitting opportunity to reflect upon some concepts and challenges that face our society today. After the loss of a great friend and brother, and most importantly a great asset to the American community (Mukit Hussain), one realizes the short breadth of life and the importance of making the most of it.

Not only that, but after the recent events of the shooting of the Congresswoman, one may also reflect upon societal extremes and our goals in contributing to the betterment of America. In the past event, we have seen pure evil at its ugliest, the murder of six among which was a young innocent child by a ruthless and heartless criminal. While at the same time, we are mourning the loss of a member that exemplifies true leadership and progressive American values: a leader who with his example has done so much for both Muslims and society at large.

It is in light of these two poles that gives us a chance to recognize the great evil or good produced of a deed, I believe that today, it is unfortunate that a very narrow enclave of Muslims have defined Islam by the former, when examples such as Mukit Hussain and others are epitomes of the vast latter. Terroristic groups such as Al-Qaeda, etc. have created a challenge of the negative extreme for Americans citizens, of which Muslim Americans are included, and it is our duty to do all that is in our capability to combat this national crisis.

In conclusion, I would like to recall the writing and reminders of the famous American poet Robert Frost and former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. May we all learn from his preconceived wisdom:

Fire and Ice

Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.


"We must be the great arsenal of democracy" --FDR