The cycle of violence

Columnist Imam Mikal Saahir encourages America's leaders to choose "life over bullet" and "safety over violence" to prevent the cycle of violence that has impacted humanity for generations.  


Chapter 14: verses 24-26; Seest thou not how Allah sets forth a parable? - A goodly word like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the heavens of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition. It brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition. And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: It is torn up by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability.

Violence has been a part of America from her inception and even augmented over the generations as witnessed in the words in our National Anthem — “and the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air.” Today we have an elected official who campaigned stating, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." So why are we in awe when tragedy visits our innocent students in their classrooms via assault weapons?

Let’s remember that “Students Lives Matters” the same as “Black Lives Matter.” Maybe these two entities should unite as they fight for their very physical survival in a society that promises them protection of their G_d-given “inalienable rights.” Somehow, we have allowed the planting of “an evil Word (like) that of an evil tree” to take root in our American society; and we are reaping what has been sown.

Another form of violence is sexual violence; the violation of a person’s right to be respected and dignified in and with their sex life. As Imam W. Deen Mohammed said, “Marvin Gaye is right. America needs a “Sexual Healing!” Violence is more than a hot bullet piercing the body of a human being. Violence is any unwarranted penetration — be it physical, mental or spiritual — into a human being.

The violent catastrophe that occurred on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Fla. and the sinful Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people and wounded 489 are shocking because they took the lives of so many at once. Such killings shock the senses, and alert our nation with panic because of the large numbers killed at the moment. Yet, our sensibilities have become sedated with the slow trickling of daily murders across our country. All lives matter, but violence in our society has become the norm.

The National Rifle Association owns the loyalty of too many of our elected politicians who hide their enslavement to the NRA under the guise of standing up for the Second Amendment — even though about 10,000 Americans die annually from gun violence. We reap what we sow!

The original intent of the Second Amendment is antiquated and has been hijacked by a spirit of violence that has taken the lives of millions of Americans. The Second Amendment in full reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Is the language of that amendment applicable in 2018? Every year 10,000 Americans die due to gun violence. Those dead folks in Florida, Nevada and many other states did not benefit from “the security of a free State” because people in those states kept and bore arms. Quite the opposite — as witnessed in Florida and Nevada — people are dead and injured because people keeping and bearing arms. The Second Amendment is well overdue for a serious review.

As leadership promotes physical and sexual violence exponentially, we will see an uptick of gang violence, police violence and domestic violence in our culture. This is unacceptable. Our freedoms are being stolen by the seeds of violence that’s producing a culture of death and destruction. Our voice and vote must be for officials who fight for our collective well-being. We need leaders who will choose life over bullets and safety over violence.

We all are responsible for saving our American society.

Spiritual Outlook

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