As global tensions increase once more, I reflect on Carl Sagan’s words.
“Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this.
We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.
For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr, (31 March 1968)
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Moaz al-Kasasbeh and the Jordanian people. Moaz al-Kasasbeh died a true shaheed (martyr) of Islam. He courageously took part in missions against the khawarijite Daesh, cruel heartless enemies of Muslims and all humanity, who tragically and callously took his life in the worst possible way, absolutely forbidden in Islam.
Daesh just confirmed once more something educated Muslims know already, they are well and truly outside the pale of Islam! Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was upset that ants had been punished with fire. Ants! How then would the Messenger of Allah feel about burning a man alive? The answer is surely obvious…
“We were with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) during a journey. He went to ease himself.
We saw a bird with her two young ones and we captured her young ones. The bird came and began to spread its wings. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came and said: Who grieved this for its young ones? Return its young ones to it.
He also saw an ant village that we had burnt. He asked: Who has burnt this? We replied: We. He (Prophet Muhammad) said: It is not proper to punish with fire except the Lord of fire.“
~ Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, Sunan of Abu-Dawood, 1131.
Wishing a blessed Christmas, Peace and Goodwill to everyone in our Human Family through the Eternal Grace of God.