Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ignorance



So surprise, surprise.
Highschoolers apparently do not know anything about the world apart from their self-absorbed lives. It bring me to tears just knowing that while we are losing our voices to make up for those whose voices are oppressed, most of the teenagers are just living life not caring about anything happening halfway across the globe. This apathy is sickening, and the conditioning we have all gotten throughout our lives because of the way the media has portrayed the devastation of the world only angers me.
"Oh, another tsunami? I hope those poor dears are alright, -switches channel-"
"Not this again! When will these silly terrorists know bombing isn't the way? What's on MTV?"
Where do these kids get their ignorance from? I'm well aware the teachers know and most other adults, but these are high schoolers! A few years from being thrust unto the real world and they can barely grasp the concept of current events. Now I'm not bashing my peers, okay in a way I'm ranting, but indifference is a horrible state. Haven't many genocides and humanitarian crises been muffled because other countries were UNAWARE or indifferent to the sufferings of another. A'outhobillah, but I will not stand for it. I've changed my attitude and opinions slowly this past month and now that I see all the corruption in this world, I refuse to sit quietly like everyone else and accept everything for what it is.

"Whosoever of you sees an wrong action, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith." Hadith in al-Bukhari


Insh'allah the MSAs of every high school will try to raise awareness and bring some change to the poor condition of our hearts. My school's MSA will insh'allah try
to raise awareness and attend protests. Alhamdulillah, I may have missed the protest this Sunday but there is another this weekend. But I also know that by protesting, we may just be annoying the ole' US because we all know how they stand on this issue. I should make a sign that says "GET OFF YOUR BUTTS MUSLIM COUNTRIES, THIS THE UMMAH THAT IS SUFFERING!" Heck, I think I should, it seems fitting for the occasion. Donations should be made not just opinions or well-thought out sentences. Also boycotting McDonalds and Starbucks really won't help but it's still good to avoid them for your health!

YA ALLAH! May we all see the errors of our selfish ways and insh'allah may the people of Palestine and our fellow muslim brothers and sisters around the world be relieved from oppression so that we can be united as one.
Amin

4 comments:

Inspired Muslimah said...

Nice blog sister, Thanks for visiting mines as well. Your a very bright and mature sister and I wish you all the best, salaams. Nice post by the way. :D

ModestJustice said...

Your blog inspires me :D
No pun intended

Thank you, I wish you all the best as well and saying I'm mature makes me feel like a kid somehow haha.

Sabrina said...

How fun, we have the same name;)
I think it's great that you're in high school, and are already conscious about global issues. I was at a peace rally in D.C. yesterday and there were a lot of young men and women out there. I don't think it's that high school-aged kids don't care, I just think that most of them are too self involved to really even notice. And in a way, I guess it's not really there fault. I mean, think about it, when you're in high school -- high school is your entire world. Sports, clothes, friends, SATs. I'm not saying it's okay for younger kids to be selfish, I'm just remembering when I was in high school -- how many things outside of the little bubble I lived in were important to me?
I think you're on the right track with using your blog to bring awareness to issues that are important to you. In a couple of years, when you and all your friends go off to college, everyone will find their own individual voice, and you’ll notice that kids who just sort of "existed" in high school, are now standing up for something. It must be something about being away from home, or being exposed to a brand new group of people. The kids in my senior class went off to different colleges all around the country and really found their niche; some politically, some in religion, some in various forms of activism, peace corps, etc. I understand your frustration -- I have friends who are my age or older who are still idiots -- they don't care about world affairs or even much going on outside of their own family. But you keep doing you. I applaud your passion, and always remember -- all it takes is one voice to spark change.

ModestJustice said...

That really meant something to me :)
Thank you, and insha'allah yeah I will keep being aware and something might truly happen.

You do have a great point there, I mean every now and then I stop thinking of the problems of the world and just think of my own needs and stresses. It's true. And although nothing might not happen during highschool, when I get to college, I will definitely be much more active because you're right, people will find something there once they're an adult and have a cause near and dear to them.

Those words help me to keep on going and to never give up :]

Jazakiallah khair,
Sabrina

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