There is some speculation on blogs and social networking websites as to whether the floods and dengue are due to sins. I think it is ridiculous to say that they are a result of sins. Dengue is a result of an ineffective government which wasn’t prepared while the floods are a result of not having a proper drainage system.
What is due to sins, however, are leaders today. While they live in mansions of gold and have billions in their Swiss accounts, two thirds of the population lives on two dollars a day. Not to mention various other problems. The question is, why do we have such leaders? Let’s focus on our situation and our acts.
Suicide bombings, blasts, murder of journalists, butchering of minorities, black magic, gambling, child abuse, interest based transactions, fortune telling, mobile snatching, theft, fraud, murder, robbery, alcohol consumption oppression, destruction, molestation, abduction, fornication, exploitation, and it goes on. Look at the way we treat women. Domestic abuse, rape, dowry killings, acid attacks, human trafficking, honour killings, female foeticide, female infanticide, forced marriages, harassing women in public, turning wives into servants, depriving daughters of inheritance, etc, etc, etc. The list goes on and on. The list is endless.
People blame the government for being corrupt and yet take bribes. People blame leaders for not spending on education and yet can’t educate one poor child. People blame the government for not keeping the country clean and yet spit paan and urinate on sidewalks. People blame leaders for fake degrees and yet buy fake exam certificates. People blame leaders for their affairs and yet fornicate. People blame leaders for swindling the public and yet those with businesses cheat customers. People blame politicians for being liars and yet lie habitually. People blame the government for load shedding and yet have their meter reading altered to pay less for electricity. People blame the government for not spending on the poor and yet don’t do sadaqah and many don’t even pay zakat.
Even if we got good leaders, not everything will change. Will every husband suddenly become wonderful if we get good leaders? Will the way people treat women change if we get good leaders? Will people stop practicing black magic if we get good leaders. Will all the sects, the disunity, and the hatred among Muslims turn into love if we get good leaders? Will everyone stop lying, backbiting, and start praying daily if we get good leaders? Will every human being become generous and kind if we get good leaders? Will all the child abuse stop if we get good leaders? Will every youngster out there stop teasing and harassing girls if we get good leaders? Will children become obedient to their parents if we get good leaders? I can go on and on.
We need to change ourselves so that we can be blessed with leaders who will look after the affairs of the country.