Facing the Truth------the gravest Challenge
Since our childhood most of us have been hearing the adages like, virtue triumphs over vice and it is the TRUTH that prevails in the ultimate analysis. In my humble opinion, in the current dismal social, economic, political scenario of our dear homeland, the biggest challenge before all of us is to face the Truth with all its multi-dimensional nuances.
We as individuals and as a nation have to peel off the cobweb of lies that we have woven around us for petty self-interests, for the sheer love of lucre and opportunism. Let us probe our conscience in this holy month of Ramazan and the occasion of our Independence Day. God knows about all that lurks in the deepest recesses of our hearts. Let us give an honest and straightforward answer to the question, are we sincere to our country? Are we willing to invest our time, interest and money in our country? All of us with very few exceptions would love to take the first flight to the USA or UK instead of giving a second thought to do something for our country. There are no opportunities in Pakistan. This is the plea we take. But if all of us turn our backs, who is going to create opportunities? .If jobbery and bribes serve our purpose, we do not care for any moral ethics. Yet we do not have the morale to face the truth that we are all liars,
hypocrites, and selfish. Who will help the Nation where everyone is averse to seeing beyond oneâ€™s self. Admittedly during the crisis like the current floods, most of us, very avidly and sincerely want to help the helpless victims. But why to we wait for natural catastrophes to awaken our supine conscience? Why do we relapse into our habitual insensitivity once the crisis is over? We have to face the fact that we do not love our country with the devotion we should do. We are all victims of self love.
There are thousands who would love to denote for the flood victims but they do not trust the liars and looters at the helm of affairs. Even the top Executive of our country takes recourse to blatant lies and stages a drama of visiting a sham relief camp. Why tell lies? Why be a downright hypocrite? The leaders who lead us feel no qualms in reaching the corridors of power through fake degrees. They proclaim to be the followers of the True Messenger of Allah, the â€˜Sadiqâ€™ and â€˜Aminâ€™. Once a man came to prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and said, â€œOh Messenger of Allah, I have many bad habits, which one of it should I give up first?â€ The prophet (pbuh) said, â€œGive up lies first and always speak the truth.â€ Wishfully the fake degree holders make a candid confession that they took recourse to lies and are repentant. But they prefer to thrive under the carapace of lies.
It is like looking for henâ€™s teeth to find the people who can admit that they did wrong, that they lied on more occasions than one. Can our President face so many truths that he avoids like his staunch enemies. Can he ever poke his conscience and question himself, â€œAm I truthful to the Nation that by a weird quirk of fate has chosen me as its President?â€ It is hoping against hope that he would ever tell the truth to the nation about the fortune he has amassed. How long will the leaders evade, avoid and thwart the truth and flaunt the biggest lie of all times, â€˜All is well.â€™ They are surrounded by sycophants and are in mood to face the harshest reality of all times that our country is on the brink of a worst imaginable disaster. How rightly did Demi Diderot say, â€œWe swallow greedily any lie that flatters us but we sip little by little a truth, we find bitter.â€
The biggest truth that we all including our Prime Minister along with his coterie on the band wagon have to face is: our dear country is facing many crises, countless dangers and problems. The situation can become irreversibly cataclysmic if we do not face this truth with all its multifarious nuances. The hoarders, profiteers, the big and small businessmen are all playing their filthy role in aggravating the inflationary price spiral. Even in the holy month of Ramazan, basic necessities are being sold at sky-rocketing prices. Yet we very flagrantly tell the lies, we are patriotic Pakistanis: we are Muslims; â€˜ham zinda qaum hain. Hollow slogans have become our hallmark. How long are we going to wait for the time when our lies become unbearably burdensome for us.
There are shameless cracks on the media to hide the truths. No leader has the gumption to digest the truth about the mass unpopularity of the current government. By shouting at the top of their voices on the TV channels, can they hide the bitter truths? The biggest lie that our leaders drum ad-nauseam is â€˜Democracy is being threatened from diverse quarters.â€™ Where is democracy? All that we see is lawlessness, target killing, people dying in floods and crises all around. Why donâ€™t the leaders speak out the truth that they and no one else are posing a threat to democracy? The question we now face is. Can we all peel off our masks and look at the mirror to see our real faces? Only God can save us or a miracle can happen .Truth is the biggest miracle. Someone or may be many of us can listen to the clarion call from our conscience and wake up to the situation before it is too late. A change has to come but not the change of faces. It
has to be a change from lies and deceit to truth and honesty. Our Faith, our Iman has to be revived and strengthened as it is said, â€˜Without Faith, there is no truth, for that is all the truth that is and ever was.â€
Prof. Nilofer Sultana