A Simple Thought: Thursday, 18th August ’16

A simple thought from The Community on Friday: For years, the community focused immensely on building structures and neglected the human resource, effectively leaving every individual to fend for themselves. Whether it is finance, housing, education or medical, the community has sluggishly run on fire fighting donations and the remarkable spirit of philanthropy. As years went by, classes were formed and these remain alive to this day.

Why was there no purposeful planning, one wonders, by all those charismatic leaders who led us selflessly, why were our Indian cultural innate sentiments of class societies so predominant that we failed to foresee a future devoid of real unity, despite our otherwise maverick in trade and business. Even today, we are raising in millions but mostly for constructing another mosque, compiling a relief fund for external societies, all very noble and grandeur causes insha-Allah, but when will the internal turmoil be noticed by leaders, no one can tell. And as we slowly turn into a preaching society, we are all teaching and guiding each other, not really doing much to help those in need.

Needs are many, granted., but then with all the acumen of our super structures, are we truly benefiting our own people? The cravings of our people to learn, the agonies of our men to provide are all perhaps failing because we have closed our eyes to the sufferings and trials of the silent majority. This silent majority has submitted to the will of Allah, that they will one day be relieved, amidst the ampitheatre of sterling leaders, wealthy and stout, generous yes, but equally suspicious of the parasitic formation of a segment of society that seems to be sucking the blood out of mainstream members.

Alas, our leaders’ roles are far from fulfilled, and one still awaits the day when a true leader will have the empathy and time to visit his electorate and know about their lives in earnest, rather than passing verdicts in panels and committees that appear to be stricter and more compliant than your generic banker. Imam ‘Ali (AS) taught us many good things, including struggling to ensure every person in his jurisdiction sleeps with food in their bellies, that we fail to follow inspite of our well arranged structure of management, while we remain busy in applauding and praising him, at times raising him so high, he would have objected to such kingly treatment, these are things he didn’t teach us yet we do them religiously. Where do we stand, honestly?

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About the author

Mohamedarif is a marketing professional and educationalist with a penchant for writing as a hobby since childhood. As he experimented writing about sporting events at first and then current affairs, he quickly developed a skill for observation of his environment and began to write on reform topics, especially in connection with the community. To further feed his pursuit of writing, he founded several newsletters and bulletins at his school and at the Husayni Madrasah in the 1980's, all the time learning from others already in the field not just about writing, but also about pre-press and production processes. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Knowledge Magazine in 1995–1996. A decade later, importing a flurry of ideas into his new home, Nairobi, he first founded a two page community newspaper then became a regular writer of the Friday Faculty before establishing the Community on Friday, a fully fledged Madrasah magazine in 1996. And while his writing at the community continued, he simultaneously started writing for a business weekly, pairing in with his newfound role as a marketing professional. During his time in Nairobi, he wrote several speeches for sitting chairmen and presidents while also giving some himself, developing his concurrent role as a public speaker and trainer.

With changing times and a decrease in advertising sponsorship, as well as a fall in overall readership, Mohamedarif transformed this publication into an electronic blog. Thus was born the Community on Friday in its present format.

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