When critical situations become more complex and confusing; and difficulties follow each other; where the darkness of the night seems endless … only patience (with the blessing of the Almighty) can illuminate life, help, protecting from uncertainty, confusion and despair. The ability to exercise reasonable and appropriate patience is an important advantage and quality of the believer, upon which he must build his deeds and hopes.
The Prophet Muhammad said: “Patience [patiently and calmly overcoming life’s difficulties, when you do everything possible, imaginable and inconceivable without complaining or not, but otherwise you trust in God’s mercy and Divine blessing] is a bright light [which opens up completely new and in a different way inconspicuous, but very high and profitable prospects of earthly and eternal splendor] “…
- The story of Musa and Khidr
Let’s go back to the story of Musa and Khidr. They crossed the river and met a child, whom Khidr immediately killed. Musa could not understand how Khidr’s hand rose to shed the blood of an innocent child. Khidr told about the righteous parents of the child. If he grew up, he would become a tyrant in relation to his parents, and would torture them until they renounced their faith. Therefore, the Lord ordered to kill the child.
Of course, his parents grieved for him. But the Lord gave them another righteous child, who began to honor his parents. But the pain of loss did not leave them until Judgment Day. When they appeared before God, He revealed to them why he took the soul of the first child. Then they will understand and praise the Lord of the Worlds.
This is human nature. Something bad and incomprehensible to us is constantly happening on earth, and we perceive this as another obstacle to peace of mind. Everything is from God, and there is good in everything, whether we see it or not. Just accept what happened. This is all we can.
- How Islam prompts us to be patient
Now let’s talk about the problems that are subject to us. The first step, as we said, is to identify the problem. The second is to find a solution. To solve a problem, you need to change something in yourself. The Lord said:
“Indeed, Allah does not change the position of people until they change themselves” (Quran 13:11)
This is an area that we can control. One solution may be to cultivate patience. Although it is considered to be an innate quality.
The man approached the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and asked: “What should I do to get to Paradise?” The Messenger of Allah advised him: “Do not be angry” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
This man was one of those who quickly became enraged. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) advised him to change his angry nature. As we can see, character change is quite an achievable thing.
Another hadith says:
“Whoever pretends to be patient (out of the desire to become such), Allah will give him patience” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
This means that someone is born patient, and someone becomes so.
- How patience benefits us and changes our view of life
An interesting fact: Western psychiatrists and psychologists not so long ago advised not to keep anger in oneself, because accumulated negative emotions ruin a person. Now they have found that by pouring out anger, a person endangers the nervous system – at this moment, the smallest vessels of the brain burst. Therefore, now psychologists are sure that restraining anger is much more correct.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught us patience. Even if fire is raging inside, outwardly we must remain patient. And this is not a desire to deceive others, but work on oneself, education of patience. Gradually, external calmness and patience will subdue internal emotions. Thus, a person becomes patient both outside and inside.
One method is to think about the impact of material wealth on the development of patience. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Do not compare yourself with those who are richer than you. But compare with those who are poorer “
Whatever the situation, there will always be those who are even worse and harder. This should be our basic approach to worldly goods. Today, material well-being plays, perhaps, one of the main roles in human life. Some are simply obsessed with the idea of profit. Whatever the desire for comfort, this should not affect the inner peace. Accumulating property, wanting to catch up with those who are richer, we will never reach the goal.
“If you give the son of Adam a valley of gold, he will certainly want a second” (Sahih Muslim)
- Patience is one of the fundamental virtues for a better life
The more we have, the more we want. This is our essence. Contentment will come only when we look at the poor, the needy. Then, we will be able to appreciate the generosity and mercy of the Lord towards us, even if we are not as rich as we would like.
Another hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) helps us learn how to perceive material good. The approach that the Lord set for us 1400 years ago is as follows:
“Whoever makes this world his final goal, and he can take from life only what is prescribed for him” (Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban)
If a person has made worldly life his goal, he will continue to rush from side to side in search of what he wants. By the will of God, poverty will always be before his eyes, and no matter how much such a person makes, the feeling of poverty will never leave him. Even the polite attitude of others will seem to him only a desire for his money. He will stop believing people. So wealth will turn into misfortune for him.
When the stock market crashes, newspapers write about investor suicides. The person may have had 8 million, but lost 5 (and that’s three left!) And it seemed to him the end. Life seemed meaningless to him, because the Lord placed poverty before his eyes.
COP27 Climate Change Summit: Greenwashing Scam Imperilling Human Rights
COP27 Faced Major Criticism
Morally, politically and economically COP27 climate change summit has been coined as a greenwashing scam imperilling human rights.
The world watched Egypt closely as it hosted the 27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh from the 8th-16th of November. More than 190 governments attended COP27 to attempt to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Furthermore, Egypt hosting of COP27 sparked much controversy due to its abysmal human rights record. Additionally, COP27 faced heavy criticism due to some of the world’s top polluters, such as Coca-Cola sponsoring the event. Furthermore, attendees arrived in private jets; meat and dairy products remained on menus; dozens of domestic civil society organizations were excluded. Additionally, the summit was overshadowed by persistent calls to release up to 65,000 political prisoners in Egyptian prisons.
Worlds Top Polluter, Coca-Cola, Sponsored COP27
The UN climate conference announced a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola, one of the “world’s top polluters”. Coca-Cola recently retained its title for the fourth year as the world’s top plastic polluter. The sponsorship deal is a greenwashing scam by campaigners, drawing intense criticism.
Coca-Cola produces 120 billion throwaway plastic bottles a year. 99% of plastics are made from fossil fuels, exacerbating the plastic and climate change crises.
Private Jets, Bottomless Cocktails and Beef Medallion Dishes
Surprisingly, attendees indulged in the very activities which got us into this mess in the first place. Moreover, world leaders flew to Egypt in private jets. Attendees enjoyed bottomless cocktails, one-hour unlimited wine and beer packages, $100 beef medallion dishes, and $50 seafood platters.
This begs the question: do these foods belong at a climate conference? We have missed the true purpose of the climate summit: to help save the planet.
Meat and Dairy On the Menu – Not on the Agenda
In the three-decade history of the UN Climate Summit, COP27 was the first UN summit to discuss the meat and dairy industry’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.
COP27 faced massive criticism this year from climate activists due to the unsustainable meat and dairy items on its menus. It seems unimaginable that globally we are trying to reduce our meat and dairy consumption to save our planet. However, our governments cannot stop eating these foods at the world’s largest climate summit.
Cutting meat and dairy output are not yet on the agenda for governments at COP27. Many governments attending the summit give billions to livestock farmers in subsidies. Instead of focusing on plant-based diets, they are advancing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using feed additives that make animals less gassy and technology that sucks up the methane wafting off manure heaps. Andy Reisinger, a farm emissions specialist and vice-chair of the UN’s IPCC climate panel, said feed additives could worsen emissions by promoting intensive farming.
Dozens of Domestic Civil Society Groups Excluded
Hundreds of prominent human rights defenders, researchers and environmentalists were exiled from Egypt. They were unable to attend Cop27 due to the nature of their work. Many voices from Egypt were absent at the conference due to the government’s corrupt attempts to exclude dozens of domestic civil society groups.
“Arrests and detention, NGO asset freezes and dissolutions and travel restrictions against human rights defenders have created a climate of fear for Egyptian civil society organisations to engage visibly at the COP27”
Additionally, COP27’s wifi blocked access to international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other news websites needed during information talks. These prominent human rights organizations hosted talks at COP27 but could not access their sites due to previous work criticizing the Egyptian government. Egypt used this strategy to hide the nation’s decades-long record of cracking down on human rights.
65,000 Political Prisoners in Egyptian Prisons
Currently, there are an estimated 65,000 political prisoners inside Egyptian prisons. COP27 was overshadowed by persistent calls to release political prisoners.
A British-Egyptian detainee, Alaa Abd el-Fattah, was a significant focus in the media. As a leader of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, he has been in prison for the past decade. He started a partial hunger strike in April 2022 to protest his detention conditions. He spent the last six months consuming just 100 calories a day. A week before COP27 started, he stopped eating altogether. Then, on the day the summit began, he stopped drinking water. He has since resumed drinking water but remains critically ill.
COP27 Cracks Down On “Greenwashing”
Companies, banks, cities and states worldwide have continuously made broken promises to achieve net-zero emissions. These corporate climate pledges amount to little more than a greenwashing scam. Evading net zero claims is a common greenwashing strategy. Companies claim to be carbon-free due to strategies such as buying carbon credits while simultaneously pursuing new fossil fuel projects emitting greenhouse gases.
Greenwashing is when an organization spends more time and money marketing itself as environmentally friendly than minimizing its environmental impact. It’s a shady marketing gimmick that misleads consumers who prefer to buy environmentally friendly goods and services.
At COP27, the UN cracked down on greenwashing, laying down recommendations for how companies, financial institutions and cities must calculate their net zero emissions status. The new UN report aims to eliminate loopholes by laying out ten steps to bring integrity, transparency and accountability to net zero claims.
“I have a message to fossil fuel companies and their financial enablers. So-called ‘net-zero pledges’ that exclude core products and activities are poisoning our planet. They must thoroughly review their pledges and align them with this new guidance”.United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres.
The UN cracked down on companies stating that they can’t claim to be net zero if they are not in line with targets set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These targets include cutting global carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. The UN limited short-term carbon offsets and held that they could only be used sparingly in the long term.
Historic Deal: Governments Must Pay Poor Nations for Climate Damage
Governments at COP27 approved a historic deal to create a fund for compensating developing nations that are victims of extreme weather events worsened by rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. However, many remained uncertain as countries argued over emission reduction efforts.
Moreover, this is a massive step for poorer countries bearing the brunt of climate change. These nations face extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves, and famines despite releasing the lowest greenhouse gas emissions. This historical “loss and damage” deal will provide financial assistance to developing nations stricken by climate disasters.
However, this loss and damage deal has several flaws. Some nations held that the pledges to limit global temperatures to below 1.5 degrees showed little progress compared to the COP26 conference in Glasgow in 2021. Furthermore, others criticized how the language and guidelines on phasing out fossil fuels were weak. Despite many different opinions between nations regarding the guidelines of this historic deal, it is still a vital step towards achieving climate justice.
Read more: Climate Refugees: Pain of Unseen Victims.
COP27 has faced significant criticism this year for many justifiable reasons. Many believe COP27 is a greenwashing scam failing humanity and the planet by not leading to significant changes. The UN climate summit is losing its credibility in being able to create meaningful change to save our planet.
World leaders and people in power continuously use high-profile gatherings like COP for attention and are greenwashing, lying and cheating their way through pledges and commitments. The UN Environment Programme released the Emissions Gap report stating that only an urgent system-wide transformation can deliver the enormous emissions cuts needed to stabilize global temperatures below 1.5 degrees by 2030.
World leaders consistently fail to fulfil their commitments and act on time. We cannot place trust in greenwashing scams like COP summits anymore. Instead, we need rapid, far-reaching, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society if we want to build a sustainable world for future generations.
Qatar FIFA 2022, A Civilized Model Of Islam
Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. This was after Qatar’s award hosting in December 2010. This is a tremendous opportunity for Qatar to represent Qatar FIFA 2022 as a civilized model of Islam. The country converted to Islam in the 7th century. Since winning the hosting, it has been constructing some of the most eco-friendly and architectural advanced sporting facilities ever seen. It is the kind of country that has the power to host the greatest show of FIFA ever on Earth.
First, Qatar has always drawn its strength from discovering oil, fishing, and pearl hunting. In addition, it is the world’s second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. Hosting the tournament presents tremendous opportunities for Qatar to prove itself as a powerful country. Significantly, Qatar has always been taking advantage of the tournament hosting to develop local Industries, expertise, and infrastructure. This was for Innovation and application of excellent standards and support of Qatar’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. This edition of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is being themed by Qatar on its culture, history, identity, and hospitability. As a result, efforts have made the event an unforgettable historical experience.(more…)
The Lebanese file: neither a president nor a government
Despite six presidential sessions, Lebanon still does not have a president.
The funny thing is, the government is also idle and the whole country is waiting for a miracle to get up again.
France is on the president line!
The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Representative Gebran Bassil, is expected to visit Paris, which is expected to mark a remarkable development in the presidential file in Lebanon.
The meetings will aim to discuss the imminent presidential, governmental, and economic entitlements of all Lebanese stakeholders.
Based on Basil’s excellent relationship with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi and Hezbollah, the French hope to agree on a roadmap for the presidential elections.
Although the French side does not carry an integrated initiative, it sought to know the position of all parties regarding a list of candidates that includes about seven names.
Those connected to the French ambassador understand that her country still has the American mandate to manage the initiative about the presidential file and that Paris wants to reach an agreement with Saudi Arabia that facilitates the task because insisting on fighting harsh battles would prevent the election of a president soon.
President issue: Who does Hezbollah wants?
Hezbollah is reconsidering the local reality from a different angle than the one that preceded the election of President Aoun, as evidenced by Aoun’s recent paradox of reopening half-closed doors.
In contrast to Aoun, the party does not find any justification for repeating the vacuum for more than two years and tightening its internal domestic rams to deliver its candidate.
They are fully aware that choosing to unilaterally elect a president of the republic, and consequently, a government of one color and the presidency of the House of Representatives, means putting the country in direct conflict with the outside world. Everything that surrounds the internal reality is different from the previous stage, as is the position of the concerned countries.
While Hezbollah’s opponents are only mentioning Franjieh as president—or, at the very least, any candidate from the party’s second row—this does not imply that Hezbollah has abandoned its candidate or candidates.
The party assumes entering into early settlements, which means that the party receives its price both internally and externally.
This is because the party cannot bear the idea of losing its candidate and will not bear the idea of any settlement following a vacuum that results in challenges, conditions, and counter conditions.
An alternative situation is possible in addition to that. Except for the March 8 team, there is no president of the country.
Is the former minister Franjieh a serious candidate?
Former Minister Suleiman Franjieh was Hezbollah’s candidate.
Nasrallah’s remarks coincided with a fresh French attempt that started a few days ago to forge an agreement on choosing a new president before the year is up and included pledges to start aid programs for Lebanon, including the “Cedre” program.
The debate that the French began with the major parties in Lebanon is anticipated to be finished with Washington and Riyadh and is predicated on the premise that no one can impose a prime minister or president of the republic without a genuine agreement between the major forces.
Hezbollah claimed in 2016 that there was no Plan B for the nomination of General Michel Aoun, and it repeated that claim this time as well: the candidate is Franjieh, and there is a point on the line.
If the two allies cannot agree on a second candidate, there are dangers that no one has the luxury of incurring.
What does The Free Patriotic Movement says?
The Free Patriotic Movement was informed by Hezbollah that the results of naming places below the presidency of the Republic under the General Michel Aoun administration were not encouraging, as the residents of these sites turned against the people who named them to them.
There is a “term” that Hezbollah agreed to, though, which is that it will not attend the election session for the Marada Movement’s leader until he has Basil’s endorsement in his pocket.
The party’s desire to maintain and strengthen the agreement with the Free Patriotic Movement is the most crucial factor, and as a result, “the election of Suleiman will be with Gibran’s consent and not at his expense,” among other factors, including giving Franjieh Christian support that makes him a strong president.
So far, there has not been any serious president, and we are facing many sessions without a result.
Is Lebanon on a date with a long presidential debate, as happened before the election of former President Michel Aoun, or will we witness the election of a president before the New Year?
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