>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I took this article from a website I usually visit. I was going to write an article about problems that we try to solve directly instead of looking for the SOURCE of it. Such as abortion. There is a huge debate on abortion in the USA. However is to abort or not abort really the problem or is there a deeper problem in our society. Such as WHY do we even HAVE it. (By the way I'm not saying it is haram you can go to any fatwa bank even islamqa and it will tell you that in some cases it is halal within the 1st 128 days and actually all Abarhamic religions have the 128 day rule. This post is more about going to the SOURCE of a problem.)
Once there were two students walking along a river. One of them just so happened to glance over at something floating in the river. It did not take long for him to realize that it was a baby! Without hesitation he jumped into the river to save the infant from drowning. When he jumped in he realized that there were at least ten more in his immediate area, all of them screaming and crying as they bobbed by.
Quite naturally he started screaming to the other student. "Help! C'mon man! Get in here! Look at all of these babies! We gotta help 'em!" The other student, however, kept walking upstream, despite noticing a river full of babies, with more and more floating downstream.
For every one that the first student saved, eight passed him. There were just too many."C'mon man! Don't you have a heart?! I can't grab all of these babies alone!"
The second student replied, "I'm going upstream to find out who's throwing all of these babies in the river."
The point of this short story is to demonstrate the importance of going to the source of the problem to have a greater impact. Many people address each of society's social ailments as separate entities. Thus we find numerous organizations that target a specific poison; The solution to racism, spouse abuse, child abuse, crime, pollution, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and other social ills is one.
Each problem does not require its own organizations and groups to eliminate it. The solutions for all of these is one. That one, is Islam.