Muslims in a maelstrom
When the personality and character of the Muslim youth is embedded in Islamic values then at some time in the near future the name Sakina or Abdulla will become synonymous with scholarship and learning; with reliability and trustworthiness; with honesty and integrity; with forgiveness and compassion; with piety and righteousness; and with forbearance and fortitude.
After all the Prophet of Islam came as Rehmat-ul-lil-Alameen, a Blessing for all mankind! Post-1992 in Mumbai, I had the privilege of asking Maulana Wahiduddin Khan how the Muslims should now behave. I still remember his answer. The Maulana said that Muslims must learn to behave rationally and not emotionally. I think it is time, for all of us to return to the Age of Reason and to the Age of Enlightenment.
Irfan Merchant is an educator and social Worker. Currently he is President of Rahat Welfare Trust, Mumbai, which helps over one thousand children with various educational assistance schemes. He can be reached at irfansworld[@]hotmail.com