When a community fails...

Since last seven days I was in hospital serving my wife who was critically ill. I had almost lost her but it was Allah’s Grace (that saved her). These few days I studied the huge Nanavati hospital which is a landmark of Mumbai.

It was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1950. Since then, the hospital has only grown. I studied the list of doctors. Barring a couple of Bohra doctors there was only one Muslim doctor in the elite list of specialists. It would be wrong on me if I blame the hospital management for not hiring Muslim doctors because we have only few.

The Gujarati population of Mumbai is lesser than Muslims in Mumbai and the total number of Gujaratis in India is multiple times lesser than Muslims in India. It is not the numbers that count but efficiency. Hashim Amla, with his beard and refusal to wear sponsor’s logo, is honoured as a leader of South Africa’s national cricket team. Nobody questions his beard because he benefits the country. Same goes with Imran Tahir, his fellow cricketer and Moin of English cricket team. They are in the team because of their efficiency.

The Bohras are just 10% of Muslims in Mumbai. The Aghakhani Khojas are fewer than Bohras, but each of these small communities has their own hospitals which are rated among the best in India.

When a community fails to provide benefit to society, it loses its charm and remains at the mercy of other communities who quietly overtake them and become their leaders. Nobody should think that because Indian Muslims are religiously focused that’s why they are backward. Rather, if we check up the creed and culture of Indian Muslims we will find ourselves backward even there.

The Bani Israel failed as a community in spite of the presence of a chain of prophets among them. Individually they had some good people, but overall they failed collectively. Today, we have 150+million of Muslims in India but as a community we are failing. Among the symptoms: We failed to serve society and strengthen our faith. Note the following verse from the Qur’an:
“You are the best of the people brought out for the mankind. You command good and forbid evil and believe in Allah...”
Being a leading community means benefiting the society, commanding good and forbidding evil while believing in Allah.
It’s time to check our belief and  chanelise our energy and sadaqas towards right projects.
Nisaar Y. Nadiadwala

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2016 on page no. 2

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