As we usher in a new decade, I wanted to reflect over the ten years that have passed as by, not by wearing rose tinted spectacles or drawing up best/worst lists of the self titled “noughties”, but what the decade has meant to me, and what challenges lie ahead for us.
I remember the dawn of the new century, I was there on the banks of the Thames, watching the fireworks, somehow caught up in all the hype, wondering if the Y2K bug would send us into meltdown on the stroke of midnight, it didn’t, but the fear it created would be a tool that would be much used over the approaching decade.
The new labour project government had us all feeling good about ourselves, we were told we were on the cusp of great achievements, this would be a new renaissance for us all. We were part of a new Britain, the old class lines were no more, social mobility was the new buzz word.
The decade promised so much, and yet failed to deliver on so many fronts.
We’ve had wars, wars on drugs, war on terror that turned out to be a war of terror against the Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fifth column activities in Pakistan and Iran continued, while the Sauds got scared of a uprising in Yemen and decided to kill it dead, thanks to US intel and weaponry. We’ve seen the poor get poorer as the rich got richer and to make it even worse, the poor had to come to the rescue of the rich to the tunes of trillions to rescue a corrupt financial system. We failed on climate change, thanks to the US, India & China refusing to commit to any binding targets. We had a decade of failure to bring any progress on the issue of Palestine, the murderous Zionists set off the second intifada by storming Al-Aqsa, and yet play the victim card at every opportunity, while stone walling any attempts of serious and meaningful dialogue. The Muslims of Palestine continue to live in the world’s largest concentration camp with the zionist regime given carte blanche to assassinate, torture and slaughter the indigenous population.
It would be impossible for me to go any further without mentioning 9/11. 9/11 changed nothing, and changed everything. It became a game changer. Commentators will tell you it changed the world forever, and it did, it bought up the hypocrisy of US governance and its partners in crime. No longer would they carry out their nefarious schemes behind closed doors, their zealous foreign policy of divide and conquer by way of subversion, torture and slaughter could be carried out brazenly in front of the world, with no dissenting voice or opinion.
There is something that 9/11 was able to do. To awaken the sleeping giant of Islam. For far too long Muslims had given up, we live under acquiesced, corrupt, despots installed by the US and its partners. We have been numbed by the dismantling of our once proud Khilafah. The sleeping giant is out of its slumber, and we are all “Ummah Aware”, but at what cost? How many of us die around the world, before we rid ourselves of the mental enslavements that shackles us?
Fear was used to play us off against each other, there are no more communities, it is all about the self. The creation of all these “social networks” and electronic tools that have been created to bring us closer, have in effect driven us apart. We live in 30 second bursts, a text message here, a twitter update there, meaningful, heartfelt communication is a thing of the past.
The next decade will not be an easy one.
We as a people have to stand up and fight for our rights, and know that the decisions that get made right here in this country effect the rest of the Ummah. There can be no more discussion over the merits of engagement. We are in a situation where if we do not continue to challenge the system and offer resistance to the schemes being plotted to turn us against one another then we are better off dead. The wars will continue and many will die, but you want to know what’s worse than death? The psychological warfare that will be played out. It began in earnest with camp x ray in guantanamo and continued through abu ghraib and the many secret prisions that operate throughout the world. It sent a psychological message to the Muslims, that if you dare to speak out, this is where you will end up, it sacred us so much that we abandoned to speak for our rights that our enshrined in the very constitutions that the West trumpet loudly, and yet will abandon at a drop of a hat to launch more wars of choice.
Our differences will be highlighted and exploited, we will be constantly told that we are worthless, and that we have done nothing to contribute to society, and the new younger generation of Muslims will be brainwashed and will become self haters. While we all sit around wishing one another a happy new year, how many of us know what Islamic year we are in, never mind the month or day?
While wars are fought over control of dwindling energy supplies, we have to change the ways we live. For all our scientific nous and the over reliance on man’s ingenuity to get us out of the predicament we face, you cannot change the laws of thermodynamics, Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms. We will face water shortages and food shortages, as we divert land and water to feed alternative energy creation, instead of feeding our stomachs, we feed the combustion engine.
When you get older in life it’s granted that people get taken from you, but you only find that out, as you live your life and get older. Sometimes we get so caught up, that we can’t see the forest for the trees, so it’s only when you are away from everyone that you realise what the most important things in life are. Sitting here (I’ll expand on a future post) and reminiscing over the people that are with us and the people that aren’t and the times we shared gets me everytime. For some, it was their time, for others perhaps they went too young…Allah knows best, but it should teach us that this life is a fleeting one and none of us knows when it’s our time, so spend it wisely and spend it with those who matter to you.
I still believe that we are the greatest nation raised, but it’s up to each and everyone of us to rise up and prove it, it is from the places of despair that shall rise a people reborn.