I’m trying to ignore the “ISIS in SA” media hoopla today. There are no words for my level of irritation and annoyance at the need for this “national khutbah drive” against ISIS. Hours of negotiations and liaising to draft a platitudinous hymn because impetuous attention-whores had an itch to make ISIS spokesperson our biggest crisis? People who can't see beyond their noses to what actually benefits mankind; people who shamelessly parade anti ulama rhetoric, blissfully unaware the Pandora box they've opened. I feel like our deeds have indeed become our leaders: there are few wise people left, and many many crisis managers. Circumstances we’ve unfortunately brought upon ourselves.
So, in a bid to deflect attention from what I deem shameless media-whoring, I internet-searched “South Africans’ concerned…” and came up with below-mentioned scraps, all indicative of larger wounds and sicknesses Islam came to heal.
It would be so much more effectible and beneficial if we focused on our greater concerns, the “true fikr” as ummati’s of our beloved Nabi (sa) and not the +-20 or so folk who’ve run off to fight for misguided organisations. Let our government pursue them, and if they have denounced their SA citizenship and the Ieman of their fellow Muslims here in SA, so be it. The rest of us here, well, we have bigger fish to fry as they say. Corruption, poverty, drugs, pornography, lack of education, lack of housing and sanitation, capitalism, national health care crises are just a few. What of the next generation ANC breeding Islamphobia in SA and how to best quell and contain that? How to grow Ieman in our own country? Islam was brought to eradicate injustice, corruption, discrimination and the capitalistic subjugation of the few over the many. Let’s get to work!
“South Africans are concerned about Nkandla;
South Africans are concerned about etolls. New e-toll model limits the mobility of health workers’ says Denosa;
Concern over the low number of white South Africans signing up to join the Defence Force;
South Africans concerned about Xenophobia aftermath;
South Africans deeply concerned about our student men having sex with men;
South Africans concerned about refugees;
South Africans concerned on criminal elements capitalising on bribery;
South Africans remains concerned at high levels of gender-based violence in the country;
South Africans concerned over unruly parliament;
Concern that South Africans can afford new cars;
Young South Africans concerned about Ebola;
South Africans concerned about Synagogue building collapse;
South Africans Concerned About Government Supporting LGBT in UN Resolution;
South Africans concerned about our boys to be butchered in botched circumcisions.”
Like these, there are hundreds of thousands more pressing concerns. Hence, it’s my ardent plea (and prayer) this Jumuah that South Africans, especially Muslims, remove the mass media blinkers from their vision, stop dancing to the tune of a choreographed narrative - and focus rather on the words of our beloved Prophet [S] as part of a longer instruction and ummah descriptor: “the best of Believers are those who are most beneficial to mankind.”
.الْمُؤْمِنُ يَأْلَفُ وَيُؤْلَفُ وَلا خَيْرَ فِيمَنْ لا يَأْلَفُ وَلا يُؤْلَفُ وَخَيْرُ النَّاسِ أَنْفَعُهُمْ لِلنَّاسِ
المعجم الأوسط للطبراني