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Self-accountability, not Self-delusion

Mr. Ehwesa's exposition of February 23 (this forum) seems to issue from his activism within a group, whereas my previous commentary (Is it Qaddafi's Fault or Ours?) had in mind activism (or the lack thereof) of the populace of Libya, not of groups within it. Perhaps this is why there appears to be a disconnect of a sort as may be inferred from his response.

Degradation and the downfall of the Muslims began decades before Qaddafi came to power. Libyans are part of the ummah and theirs is only one chapter in a thick volume. My previous commentary sought, not to castigate the Libyans or other Muslims per say, but rather to dispel the illusion that we had no part in fostering the environment that allowed for our falling from grace. If we do away with self-accountability as people and do not rationally assess our role in triggering calamities, I fear that we may persist in self-delusion and, more seriously, appear to be casting doubt on the "absolute" wisdom and justice of God Almighty as He manages the affairs of the universe. In order for us to avoid disputes on such matters and to have a meaningful discourse, there must be a 'frame of reference' all of us Muslims uphold, one of unflinching nature, unaffected by the volatility of man-made ideas and whims. To me, and perhaps it should be so to all believers, Al-Quraan and the Sunnah of the Prophet (sws) are that frame of reference. And just to lay to rest the matter of our direct involvement in that which befall us, let me quote only two of so many allusions in that supreme source of ours that clearly state that "whatever calamities/ills befall us are (the result of) our own handiwork and that Allah forgives great many of our wrongdoing" (Al-Quraan, 4:79; 42:30). Moreover, we have been told that provisions/bounties are meagerly apportioned or taken away and substituted for by hardships when people change to the worst (Al-Quraan, 8:53; 13:11).

No sane Libyan disputes the fact that we have been dealt atrocious blows and that there have always been bands of Libyans bent on eradicating evil at the core, each having its own vision of reform and means to implement it. As it does not befit us to question the intention of these men and women, it is not befitting us either to demean the outcome of their effort. In my previous commentary, if taken as a whole, there was nothing that could be misconstrued as a call to engage in, or that all of the Libyan people are engaging in, idle waiting for miracles to happen. Nor was there a call solely for self-improvement at the expense of or in lieu of bringing about a change at the top. However, it is important here to note that not only intentions matter and must be righteous, but also the means themselves must be sanctioned as lawful within the bounds of Islam and its dictate.

Let me say at the end of this note that getting at each other's throat and labeling the view of others as ludicrous and the like because they do no conform to ours can not be conducive to fruitful exchange or to nurturing of that sought-after dignity! Furthermore, such labeling is a sign that we are still caught up in what appears to be the same sort of coercion we claim to be combating. More worthy of us is to practice what we preach, and this is the crux of the matter!

Abu Muhajir

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