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Sharif & Iron

Allah Ta’ala says in Quran “and we descended Iron”; Who would have understood this ayah better than Sharif family!

Sharif brothers inspecting extracts from mines in Chiniot Pakistan where supposedly large iron deposits are discovered. I wonder what big brother is saying to the younger?

Sharifs in Chiniot Pakistan
Sharifs in Chiniot Pakistan

Modi & Statue

Modi went to China few days ago where he visited the Terracotta army museum. I wonder what he is saying to this Terracotta statue!

Modi & Statue
Modi & Statue

Hero with Heroines

Most Famous Heroines of Pakistan visited our brave Hero leader Musharraf. Rubina Ashraf, Atiqa Odho, Bushra Ansari to name few. I wonder what was the topic of discussion!

Hero with Heroines
Hero with Heroines

What do you think?

The Great London Fire (1666)

London is an old historical city, perhaps as old as Jesus (AS). Unlike many other old cities, it has been destroyed many times; such as World War II bombing, Bubonic Plague disease and the great London Fire. In fact last two happened in two consecutive years.

Burning City

The Great Fire of London took place almost 350 years ago in 1666. It changed the city landscape completely. Before that the City, as London is known, was small area of around 10 Sq Miles. The fire mainly destroyed the poor congested quarters which had narrow streets filled with filth, and connected houses; the living conditions were real bad.  Fire brought some good; the city was rebuilt with wider streets and better houses built with stone.

 

The Great Fire Begins While People were Asleep:

This fire began at night on the 2nd of September in a Bakery at Pudding Lane. It was owned by Thomas Farynor, the personal baker for King Charles II. His servant didn’t put off the fire in oven properly. As a result fire broke out in the house. The servant alerted everyone sleeping upstairs. This servant and the baker’s family escaped through a window in the roof.

The Great Fire Marched On…Destroying all in its Path

The Great Fire quickly spread as it fed on the timber and lot of wind on that dark morning, causing the sparks and hot ash to leap from roof to roof. 

London; The City Made of Wood

Most of the houses and shops in the city were made of wood. They were also packed tightly against each other in narrow streets. This arrangement was economical, but it meant there was almost no way to keep a fire from spreading rapidly.

Fire Fighting Efforts Fail

London citizens tried to form fire fighting brigades but were able to do little with their buckets of water against such a fierce enemy. In less than 10 hours, this gigantic fire had moved onto the famous London Bridge and would have destroyed the other side if not for a gap in the crossing that had been created by a fire 33 years earlier.

The fire stopped after 5 days when there was nothing more to burn. Wind direction also helped.

Death Toll was Almost None but 80% Buildings Burnt Completely

Amazingly only very few people died. The population of London was around 400,000 at the time. There were a total of 16 (only .004%) deaths in 13,000 completely burnt houses. This amounted to almost 80% destruction of the city. The Queen’s House survived the Great Fire only because it was surrounded by the stone tower walls.
 
The Disaster Makes London a Better and Safer City

There were some benefits however, streets were widened, buildings were made to be stronger and more fireproof. When London was rebuilt, it was done with bricks, mortar, and stones instead of wood so that this kind of fire would not happen again.

The City Now

Rats were killed; so was the Plague

The fire took place only a year after the worse Bubonic Plague (Taa’oon) spread that killed around 100,000 people. It is a disease spread by rats. And London had ample opportunities for rats to flourish. People used to through rubbish and human waste in streets creating perfect breeding place for rats. 1665 saw the peak of this disease. Most rich people had left the city including the King. Since the fire took place in poor areas where most rats and affected people lived; the rats and their breeding places were destroyed; hence eliminating the disease.

Remembering the Fire:

The Monument to the Great Fire of London was erected and remains in place today so that no one will ever forget what happened. This London landmark is said to be placed so precisely that if it should ever be tipped over it will point to the exact spot where this great blaze began.

 

The Fire Monument London

Lesson

We must remember that Fires are dangerous, and even a tiny one can create a disaster in just a few minutes. This is a good time to remind you to make sure that you and your families know what to do in case of a fire.

–      Always have a fire escape route planned

–      Children and fire are not good friends; keep them apart.

–      Have a way to account for everyone.

–      Make sure that everyone in your family knows how to get out of the house.

–      Leave the burning place immediately, nothing is more important than the safety of you and your family.   

Poor Picking Food

This photo was taken in Lahore in early January (Click to Enlarge). What does this photo tell you?

  

 1-      A poor man is picking food from a pile of rubbish and eating it.

 2-      Two little girls are collecting waste to burn as fuel.

 3-      None of them are wearing any jumper or jacket, nor proper shoes. Do you know how cold the weather is in Lahore now days? It often goes below zero during night.

Shame on You Our Leaders! Dont you remember the rulers who were fearful even if a dog was hungry. People are eating from rubbish and you sleep in your palaces safe & satisfied.

 This photo obliges us to be Thankful to God for being in far better state than them, and:

 1-      Not to Waste Food that Allah Ta’ala has blessed us with.

 2-      Look around you and Give Charity / Sadaqah as much as you can, or as little as you can.

 3-      There will be many jumpers, Jackets, Sweaters, Shoes and clothes that you very rarely use. Give these to needy. Donate them to a Charity. It is simple and Easy. Just put them in a bag and hand it to your servant or driver. He will do the rest. Or hand them to poor walking along the street. But Don’t Wait, Please DO IT NOW.

4- Work to bring back the true & Just Islamic Ruling System, also known as KHILAFAT that ensures each & every person under their rule is fed.

Omar RA reported that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was asked that what is the best action? He replied,

” To bring happiness to your Muslim brother brings great reward. If he is hungry then feed him. If he does not have dress, then clothe him. If he is needy then fulfill his need.” Tabrani

And our Propphet SAW Said:

“He who finds relief for one who is hard pressed, Allah would make things easy for him in the Hereafter”.

 

 

Anna Hazare

He is in news, all channels filled with him. It made me investigate who he is?

So Who is Anna Hazare?

Indians should be proud of him. Known for his “Movement against Corruption”, he is a 74 years old social activist. If you look at his contributions to Indian society, especially local area, you will be astonished. Put it this way, I do not see a single such example in the whole Pakistan (nor UK) including Imran Khan & Abdul Sattar Edhi. Both are sincere but their philosophy is different from Anna’s. Before I explain this, let’s understand Anna first.

Born to a very poor family, Rao Anna’s childhood was suffering. He studied up to class 7 only, and then started manual labour to earn living. He joined Indian army and served in 1965 war. Anna was driving a truck. An air attack struck his truck, all of his fellows died. This was a close encounter for Anna, it led him to rethink the purpose of his life. On way home on holidays, he came across a small booklet titled “Call to the youth for nation Building” by Swami. This really enriched in his mind that “the real achievement for a human being is to serve the humanity”. After completing the minimum required service of 15 years Anna retired from army and started a revolution in his native village Ralegan Siddhi.

Ralegan Siddhi Revolution

Ralegan Siddhi village depended on rain water for irrigation. Sometimes they would get decent rain and hence good crops, and otherwise hunger struck. We need to sort this water issue to sort other poverty related problems, he thought and met an irrigation expert Rao Solanki. So jointly with Rao & villagers, they developed scientific methods to save each and every drop of rain using local resources. 300,000 trees planted, rooftops used to collect water, trenches built, low water crops cultivated, drip irrigation system adopted! A chain reaction started as a result. Water was saved, so irrigable land increased from 350 acres to 1500 acres. Crops increased many folds. Milk production increased from 300 litres to 4000 litres bringing collective annual income of 15 million rupees to the village. Villagers spared 10 million out of this income to build a school, hospital and a gymnasium. Villagers used to go to other places to work; the phenomenon reversed. Annual per person income increased from 225 Rupees to 2500 rupees. Ralegan Siddhi became “the Model Village of India”!

The Siddhi villagers formed many cooperative consumer, educational, women, youth and farming societies. Following Siddhi’s footsteps, 4 nearby villages became models and 85 are on their way. Four people completed PhD researched on Ralegan Siddhi village experiment. 1000s come to visit it, hence bringing more income.

Anna Hazare was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in 1992 for his efforts in Siddhi. But the path to success was not easy. It never is.

Alcohol & Tobacco is Out:

Anna realized that no meaningful revolution can be brought before getting rid of alcoholism. He established a youth organisation, a meeting was conducted and alcohol was banned outright in the village. More than 30 local breweries were shut voluntarily, others were forced to. None dared to challenge this youth movement. Anna fought with state government to bring a law that if 25% women filed a written petition to ban the alcohol, government is obliged to conduct a secret ballot in this regard. After a long battle this law was passed, alcohol lost & left the town, probably to the west! Similar fate was waiting for tobacco. One day youth bought all the tobacco and burnt it in a holy ‘Holi’ fire. This was the last cigarette lit in this village, ever!

Grain Bank:

Anna started a cooperative Grain Bank. If you have spare wheat, don’t sell it cheap to greedy hoarders. Save it with Grain and take it when needed. Poor farmers can borrow wheat in need but they have to return it when they have spare. Hence no need to take loans on hefty interests.

Anna’s Philosophy:

  • India is a village (73% Indians live in villages). Improve the village, India will improve automatically. Make villages self-sufficient and India will progress.
  • Don’t depend on dam water, arrange for your own water and use intelligently.
  • If you want to progress, don’t wait for government. This path is riddled with corruption. Develop your own resources and spend them on yourself.

Anna Goes National:

He didn’t stop in Siddhi, Anna took his campaign against corruption to national level in 1991. Starting at state level Anna campaigned against a huge corruption in Forestry department in Maharashter involving 42 officers and one federal minster. As usual state government ignored despite solid proofs. Anna started hunger strike. 1000s joined especially youth. Soon 6 state ministers and around 400 state officials lost their jobs. Not bad Rao Anna!

He stayed in jail for 3 months in 1995 due to protests against corruption in banks and cooperative societies. As a result of this movement, 1250 million Rupees of corruption recovered and 4000 million rupees identified!

In 1998 Anna asked Maharashter government to pass a “Right to Information Act” against any state department so that people could examine a department’s progress. Nothing happened for 6 years, he then started hunger strike along 1000s of youth in Bombay. On 12th day it became a law in Maharashter. 2 further years passed and it became a national law in India.

He is on streets again. Not 1000s but Millions of Indians are with him, fighting against corruptions, fighting for more accountability against politicians. All, sikhs, hindu’s and muslims seem to support him. He says:

How can the government stop anyone from protesting? The land is not their ‘father’s property’. The citizens are the masters of this country and the ministers are their servants“.

The list of Anna’s achievements for ordinary Indians continue. Though his personal bank balance is only 68000 Rupees and about 5 acres land in his village.  I have no doubt who will win, do you?

Salute to you Rao Anna Hazare, long live. Let’s compare Edhi & Anna. In short Edhi feeds poor, Anna on the other hand, makes them feed themselves; a visionary approach.

                “Feed a poor & soon he will be Hungary again. Teach a poor how to earn, he will be fed forever.”

 Anna vs. Imran Khan? I let you compare!

Why UK Riots – Aug 2011

Current riots or looting in UK (August 2011) have surprised many. Where this is a sad and unacceptable behaviour which is & should be condemned, I do not see these as unexpected, though their volume is shocking. It is more of looting & lawless behaviour than rioting. This is a result of bad parenting, over-all directionless society, giving away religion, and senseless laws that protect more of the criminals than good citizens. Let me explain.

The riots are generally initiated from the area where mostly black people live (especially in London) and in the poor areas of the city. These are called council (local government) areas because due to poverty or unemployment, council provides them with housing and income support.

All other cities like Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, etc are in the middle of the country (called midlands). These used to be full of industry just like Faisalabad, but all the industry closed in 70s and 80s, bringing nearly 100% unemployment in these areas. As a result these areas became poverty stricken. Till now these have low education, high unemployment and low income rates. Job opportunities remain low.

The young people who engage in such unsocial behaviours come mostly from disturbed families. Parents mostly divorced, single-mothers or fathers, troubled due to drugs or alcoholism. Result is this lost youth. They don’t have a direction or vision/hope for future. As a result they drop out of school at early age, hardly completing compulsory education. No jobs to go to, they wander around in streets day & night living in fantasies. You can well imagine what they would be up to? By the way, UK is known for high rate of teenage pregnancies.

British were known for their good manners, politeness, good dress, and excellent societal behaviour. Gone these values now; in the name of freedom. Family & family values went first, link to religion also dropped. Concept of marriage deteriorated. People started living alone, especially youth. Result was that young did not have anyone to teach them, give them direction, tell them the meaning of life and prepare them as good citizens for future.

Guess who filled this gap? TV & Media! It became their teacher, leading them to a ‘fairlytale’  like delusional careless life. Weird dressing, odd irresponsible behaviour, senseless talk, drugs, alcohol, smoking, music with bad messages, Atheism (no God, no religion concept), strange relations like gay, lesbian, all becoming normal and accepted (or shown as acceptable by media) – all in the name of “I am free, I will do whatever I feel like”.

Then the law also favours the criminals. To start with, human rights concept is twisted. Rights come with responsibilities. If one doesn’t fulfil his responsibilities as a law abiding citizen, he loses his rights also.

According to the current law, one is responsible for a crime from the age of 18. This is not good enough as majority of rioting is done by youth age 12 onwards. As said by British Prime Minister David Cameron “if you are old enough to commit a crime, you are old enough to face the consequences”. I hope this is reflected in the law also.

And the issue is not confined to Britain alone; we can see it in almost all the youth in western world. As a result we see such behaviours common here. As said by British Prime Minister David Cameron, “parts of our society are broken and sick”. I hope, before trying to mend it, he goes a step further and looks at the root causes of this, and fixes the actual problem, not the symptoms.

Luckily, this issue has not affected Asians, especially Muslims. One, they are more money oriented so their youth either get a job or join the father in their family business. Two, there is a strong family tie that keeps youth on track. And lastly link to religion is stronger giving them morals to lead the life in a meaningful manner. I did not see any Asian youth involved in the riots, which is an encouraging. Perhaps other ethnic groups should learn from them. When I go to mosque and see many youth praying Ramadhan travih prayers, it makes me feel proud. Thanks to Almighty God!

As a matter of fact majority Muslim societies in Muslim countries are more stable. This was much more true when we had true Islamic state of Khilafat present. Look at its history if you want to learn how a prosperous peaceful society is formed and governed.

May God bring peace to affected areas & to people, here in UK and wherever else in the World. Aamin..