The most beautiful model of salvaging and saving the physically weak and helpless overwhelming the most brutal example of physical violence on the weak and helpless. This was over 1400 years ago in Arabia when the tyrants cut loose untold hell, torture and misery on weak, old, sick and poor; with unique example of Hazrat Bilal RA, because he was a black commonly hated slave. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) saved and salvaged the grace and dignity of this exploited, tortured and agonized slave. When Allah’s beloved Bilal’s tongue wavered while performing Fajr Azaan, people said to Prophet (PBUH) to ask a better voiced person for Azaan. Then the glorious message of Allah revealed by an angel that there would be no dawn of day without Hazrat Bilal’s RA performing Azaan. Hence the entire universe invigorated aloud ” Arsh wale bhi suntay they jisko kia Azaan thi Azaan-e-Bilali ” as so serenely and divinely echoed by Farid Sabri continent to continent over the universal horizon.

Imagine the logic and the reality when female kids and women were exploited in society and not respected in their own homes. Here is all-time example of solace for them with the most illuminating model of grace and dignity for women and the female child conquering brutality, tyranny and violence. Over 1400 years ago and for all times the “Messenger of Mercy” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) set enlightening trends for care, grace, dignity and respect of womankind. The richest woman of those times Hazrat Khadija RA was so touched and moved by His (PBUH) simplicity, piety and honesty that she became His (PBUH) wife. The most exemplary respect, caring and sharing He (PBUH)  had for His beloved daughter Hazrat Fatima RA shall continue to illuminate and enlighten the annals of human history.

How well said it is addressing discrimination and injustice against women needs to start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere. Is it not much easier to explain the veil than to answer questions about the wounds! All religions, mainly, especially and centrally, ISLAM, teaches to respect women in letter and spirit.

The most glorious model of loving, caring, sharing and helping elderly, is our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) over 1400 years ago and for all times. He (PBUH) always advised to respect, love and care parents as among the very first and foremost priorities of life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) always referred to respect for the elderly as respect for Allah.

Today neglected generally is the sweet whole lot of special folks, particularly special kids, some with amazing or astonishing skills and talents. Mental stability and balance is adversely affected leading to impulsive reaction and hysterical rampage if ignored or neglected. There is weeping and crying leading to shouting or screaming to fighting and hitting. If not intervened and controlled it leaves many multiple injuries.

Do imagine the torture and agony unleashed in jails or prisons. Inmates here are already serving their rigorous terms for crimes they committed. “As you sow so shall you reap”. All is dark, suffocated, helpless and hapless for them. Enough is enough when they are mercilessly subjected to torture and violence. Solutions call for and solutionists advocate addressing human rights and jail reforms in their very true essence. Needed are some responsibly conscious and caring leaders and statesmen to address the situation.

One neglected aspect of extremism is the dawn to midnight dragging souls begging around in slums and streets of towns and cities. While this may be a habitual practice, it turns into physical abuse and violence of the begging beings. The remedy lies in efficient and effective implementation of the human rights clauses by human rights activists and concerned philanthropists and leadership.

Rays of hope and springs of salvation dawn over the universal horizon! The most lovely, lovable and loveliest and the most respected, idealized and blissful, Muhammad (PBUH), the “Messenger of mercy”, for humankind across slums, streets, suburbs, cities, countries, continents and the world at large.

  • The writer, a senior faculty in business management and corporate communication, contributes to media on national and international affairs.

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