Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.
Global Warriors besiege We, the People in Draconian Conflicts
More than 1.5 years of the ongoing catastrophic conflict between NATO, Russia, the EU, and Ukraine being a victim exposes absurdities and contradictions for their strategic interests. Russia had plans to react with massive forces to destroy Ukraine and limit the affluent NATO for its futuristic militarization plans. The leaders having unbridled ambitions and power unleash violent assumptions of hatred, secret intrigues and animosities, and killings overwhelm the daily thinking process, a society – a nation no matter how normal it claims to be, cannot function as normal beings to co-exist with their own self, the surroundings – in the human culture and make any positive contributions to human change and progress. While truth-telling is ridiculed, maligned, and persecuted, global leaders pushing war as a means of peace and war economies are like scum floating on a torrent. Despite hallow claims of peace and moral values, no moral and ethical behaviour is seen in the sudden and inexplicable plunge to human wickedness. Even the warmongers cannot predict what the end game is going to be. Evil happens when conscientious men do nothing. God created the Heavens and Earth as a trust to fulfil all human aspirations and to flourish human generations since time immemorial. It was not meant to be bombed and destroyed by sheer ignorance and wickedness. Are we neglectful of our origin and encompassed reality?
Human glory lives in the conception of good and righteousness, not warriors of economic wars, robotic machines, weapons of destruction or agents of political terrorism. We are moral beings enriched with inner consciousness and vision for peace, human unity and sustainable future. It is a Hobbesian formula: “war of all against all.” The on-going war between Russia, NATO, the EU and Ukraine has far reaching impacts on imperatives of life across the globe. German philosopher Immanuel Kant (“Perpetual Peace”, 1795), was more proactive and realist when he noted that: “Intellectuals must be seated in chosen assemblies and systems of public governance to overt individualistic insanity against the people.” But the vices and moral weaknesses of leaders are not invincible as ignorance and animosities could be replaced by nobler and more proactive visionary and competent leaders to resolve the conflicts.
God, The Beneficent, The Merciful, Loving, all Knowing and all Powerful created the human being from a ‘mixed drop’ ( “Nutfa”- Cell), equipped with intelligence and inherent diversities not as fault lines but hall marks of human identities for unity and sustainable relationships. God created life and death to test human beings with choice whether we will do good or evil. The Creator reveals Himself as ‘One’ and has No Partners and being ‘closer to a human being than his (her) jugular vein’ and appointed Man as “vicegerent” with rights and obligations on this planet.
Our professed ignorance and arrogance towards Divine Knowledge has pushed us to echo evil and futility in a global cataclysm – the treacherous conflict causing degeneration to be at the epicenter of man-made cataclysm driven by lingering suspicion in relations to others within the splendid Universe. The earth and universe are meant for human beings and are enriched to support all of their needs over time and space. Are we living in a disconnect world of our own making? Egoistic leaders implying hidden hatred and prejudices as favorite perversion to divide and conquer humanity and dominate the specious Earth and the systems of Nature of Things which support life and our future. How strange! we are so abhorrent and neglectful of our own present and futuristic sustainability?
Jesus is quoted in the Bible saying: “If the world hates you, you know it hated me before it hated you…if they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…John 15:18-25” How do We, the People of Human Conscience make these ugly and disingenuous politicians to learn from history and change the course of events into peace and harmony for all of us? The quality of our intellectual consciousness is lost in the world of time and space. Truth is One and the same unchanging as it was many centuries earlier. We, the human beings are a creation of God, not the creator and We were “indeed created man (human being) in the best of moulds” 4;95 the Qur’an), and “taught man that which he knew not- Nay but man doth transgress all bounds.” (5-6: 96 the Qur’an.).
The Earth is Living and We, the People, We, the Humanity are its Trustees
We live on earth that sustains all forms of living things, yet human ignorance and arrogance are at work to destroy the essential foundation of our own lives. Weapons of wars are the weapons fo mass destruction and are being used without any sense of responsibility and accountability. We, the people are rational beings with a choice of righteousness and wickedness to act in human affairs.
The creation of Earth, Moon, the Sun and all working systems are a trust to humanity. Have We, the People, We, the Humanity honored and protected that natural trust and its obligations? In a recent article (“Conflict Beyond Reason: a dialogue to end the war is desperately needed”) https://www.uncommonthought: 7/26/2023: this author narrated the truth not for geological or meteorological explanations but for the understanding of fellow human beings that the earth spins at 1670 km per hour and orbit the Sun at 107,000 km per hour. Imagine, if this spinning fails, what consequences could occur to the living beings on Earth. Think again, about the average distance of earth from moon is 93 million miles -the distance of Moon from Earth is currently 384,821 km equivalent to 0.002572 Astronomical Units – (https://www.newscientist.com/question/fastearthspin/#ixzz7C8p37S9X). If this God given system of distance between the Earth-Sun and the Earth-Moon were ever to change, there will be no sign of life, human civilizations or habitats left on Earth.
The emerging wars and destruction of Earth and human habitats are blatant violations of that TRUST between Man and the Creator and call for awakening of human conscience and soul: “Truly Man is to his Lord, ungrateful and that (fact) he bears witness (by his deeds.): 6-7: 100: The Qur’an).
The contemporary monstrous war instinct aims at annihilating mankind and earth. To this author, a cataclysmic nature of human intellect is unleashing a highly irrational and unthinkable world of complexity to come to our consciousness destroying all progress and achievements of any human civilization on this planet. Most human intellect knows the basic imperative: “if you THINK intelligently, you could find workable remedies to human problems.”
All informed global communities have passion for peace, not wars. The planet Earth is not a dead orbiting object but a living entity providing continuous nourishment to human life and existence to all other living beings. When nations and leaders subscribing to political absolutism start acting like God and challenge the sanctity and limits of the Laws of God; historically speaking they become an object of unthinkable natural calamities- earthquakes, wildfires, floods, deaths and destruction. The Message of the Qur’an (64 and 67: 40), clarifies the truth of universal brotherhood and wisdom for all the times to come:
“It is God, Who has made for you the Earth as a resting place and the sky as a canopy;
And has given you shape and made your shapes beautiful, and has provided for your sustenance, Of things pure and good; Such is God your Lord.
So Glory to God, the Lord of the Worlds.
It is He Who has created you from dust,
Then from a sperm-drop,
Then from a leech-like clot; then He does He get you out (into the light) as a child; then lets you grow and reach your age of full strength; then lets you become old. Though of you there are some of who die before, And lets you reach a Term appointed; In order that ye may learn wisdom“
The War between NATO, Russia and Ukraine Needs Urgent Dialogue and Reconciliation for Peace and Global Security
Canons of rationality call for an urgent action to a ceasefire between Russia-Ukraine war and peacemaking as the core value of our floating on the stream of time. The Universe and all it encompasses are the products of God-given command; and do not operate in concert with man-made laws, constitutions, foreign policies, judgments, hopes and desires. Light is One, and darkness are many. Life and the Universe exist because it is ordained by the Creator of the Worlds. If history is relevant and is seen as a source of learning and warning, undeniably all those superpowers well equipped with weapons and animosity to destroy others or all have met the same fate of self annihilation. It is beyond doubts that when they challenged the sanctity of the Laws of God governing the Earth and the living Universe, and invaded small and poor nations in far fetched lands, they ultimately met their own ending by natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, exploding lavas, sound blasts, landslides, lightning and lot more. Are there any Thinking people to take heed from the prevalent facts of human history?
What is the cure to raging indifference and cruelty to the interests of the whole of the mankind? The 21st century new-age complex political, economic, social and strategic challenges and the encompassing opportunities warrant new thinking, new leaders and new visions for change, conflict management and participatory peaceful future-making. The Divine knowledge offers logical substance of reality to be reckoned with: 3: 190: The Qur’an.
‘Verily in the creation of the Heavens and of the Earth and in the succession of the night and of the day, are signs for men of understanding; Who standing and sitting and reclining, bear God in mind and reflect on the creation of the Heavens and of Erath and say: Oh, our Lord- Thou has not created this in vain.’
To be honest to our ourselves, the time and opportunities we have are a trial of our lives and we are accountable for our actions to reject corrupt policies of triumph and glory promising happiness and infinity. We cannot be complacent to allow ignorance, hatred, fear and animosity to destroy our lives, cultures and civilizations. Can we think to be human in all of our moral, political and intellectual endeavors? Late Professor Howard Zinn envisaged the future of humanity in the following words of wisdom:
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.”
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in international affairs-global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: He regularly writes for Tribune International (Australia).