Self-improvement and preparations for the future success

Self-improvement and

preparations

for the future success

 

Where there is hatred, let me sow Love.

Where there is doubt, let me sow Faith.

Where there is darkness, let me sow Light.

Where there is despair, let me sow Hope.

Where there is injury, let me sow Pardon.

For it is in Giving that we receive.

It is in Pardoning that we are pardoned.

It is in dying that we are born to Eternal life.

(St. Prancis.)

The best revenge is forgiveness.

  • We must try to forgive and forget.

  • Yes, our anger, hatred and grievance would definitely burn our own heart.

  • Animosity burns and destroys not only the enemy and the innocent surroundings and the immediate neighbours but also one’s own-self.

  • Animosity and the desire of revenge blind a person and may even unintentionally leads to a self-destructive course.

  • Hatred incites and grows reciprocal hatred from the opposite side.

  • Only if we discard and stop our hatred – the reciprocal hatred will diminish and disappear.

  • Viscous circle of the hatred, revenge, animosity could be stopped by forgiveness followed by love.

  • We must not even secretly or quietly keep hatred and desire for revenge even in our heart. We should not just pretend to be magnanimous from outside appearances only.

  • Forgiveness is more effective and sweet when we are winning or when we are in a position to revenge. That is the best time to forgive, forget the bitter feelings, start a new friendship, do something your enemy never expected by just try to be nice, gentle and good on him.

  • This is the best way to cut the vicious circle of revenge. In this way, we can change our enemy in to one of our best friends. Redemption resulted to transform him in to your saviour. He could be changed totallty and will be even possible to sacrifice his life for us if really necessary.

  • It is very easy to push your small minor enemy in to a life long fore by a simple, stupid revenge.

  • There is a saying that even if we have a thousand of friends, it is not enough. But even if we have one enemy, it is too much.

It’s all too easy to play the victim and complain about institutionalised racism and discrimination when one is not bothered to help oneself and one’s family to deal with and overcome the vicissitudes of life that is never fair on us as Muslims.

Very few of us are born with a silver or golden spoon in our mouths. But for most of us, a good education is key to social mobility and increased earning power.

Simply put, we play with the cards that we were dealt with instead of bemoaning our fate and demonstrating noisily about the unfairness of it all although it is true that we are unfairly discriminated. But just look at the realty, who will help us? Our Muslim brothers around the world? They are all selfish, greedy and totally useless. Christians or others? We need to help ourselves! That’s the truth.

  We must cultivate mutual respect, trust and understanding among all the religions.

  • We must search, point out, and promote the common virtues and good points from our various religions.

  • We must ignore the controversial, potential igniting differences in various religions.

  • Actually, non of us can easily prove that the other religions are totally wrong and our religion is absolutely true and right. Religion depends on our faiths.

  • All of the religions some times need blind faith without any question.

  • We are not arguing here that any religion or all the religions are not true. Actually I am a practising Muslim and absolutely believe in Islam.

  • But I would never say or try to prove that other religions are wrong.

  • According to Islam, Allah had send more than 124,000 prophets to our world.

  • There is a strong possibility that the various religions are just the various forms of a common faith with different approaches.

  • There may be gradual degradation or slow changes because of prolonged time factor but we should not blindly accuse that other old religions are wrong.

In spite of serious instances of abuse of various religions by some of their claimed followers so as to justify or instigate acts of brutality and bloodshed, there are positive and helpful common themes in these religions. Therefore, peaceful and candid intra-faith and inter-faith dialogues are important tools in working for such goals. (Read more)

Dear Buddhist brothers, please don’t take it as an insult. Even if you could not accept my following idea, please forgive and forget about this. I am not degrading your Lord Buddha in to a Prophet.

  • Lord Buddha had revealed that there are a lot of Buddhas as much as the number of the sands on the Ganges River. And all of them could not avoid the ‘nature’ of Kama (Kan) and must at last die or end at Parinivarna or Nivarna (of nothing or free from all the sufferings of life i.e. the circle of Sansara- birth, old age, disease and death.)

  • I do not think that it is just a coincidence in the enormous numbers of Buddhas and our prophets.

  • I deeply believed that all of them are the same honourable great Holy personalities, whether we accepted as God or Prophets.

  • I hope God would definitely forgive me for telling this fact that even if you or I could get some superpower of God, we would definitely send our representative (Prophet) or go ourself (e.g. forgive me God) to the strategic place, Nepal, which is located between the two early great civilizations, China and India.

  • Accoprding to Islamic the prophets were sent by God to every nation.

  • In Islam, only Muhammad was sent to convey God’s message for the whole of mankind, whereas other prophets were sent to convey a message to a specific group of people or nation.

    • “And certainly We sent messengers (rasul) before you: there are some of them that We have mentioned to you and there are others whom We have not mentioned to you…” [Qur’an 40:78]
    • “For We assuredly sent amongst every People a messenger…”[Qur’an 16:36]
  • Muslims believe in other prophets other than those mentioned by name in the Quran as ther are many verses in the Quran that speak about this:

Additional numerous historical religious figures may have been prophets, but this is a source of debate and contention, among them: Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha and Rama. The Islamic Hadith and Qur’an support such claims that say that a messenger was sent to every people.

Allow me to quote the venerable Thubten Chondron’s Home page. Here the article by Dr. Alexander Berzin was really wonderful. It is titled, Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue.

“… Historically, Islamic law has accepted Buddhism as a “religion of the Book.” Because “Dharma” was translated as “law,” and “law” referred to “book,” Buddhists as “people of the Dharma” were understood to be “people of the Book” throughout medieval Central Asia. Islam tolerates all “people of the Book.”

Indonesian Buddhists posit Adibuddha, the primordial Buddha of the Kalachakra Tantra, as the “creator.” I had several interesting discussions with Buddhist monks in Indonesia about the issue of God in Buddhism. Since Adibuddha can be interpreted as the clear light primordial consciousness, and since all appearances of samsara and nirvana are the play or “creation” of that mind, we concluded that it could be said that Buddhism accepts a “creator God.” The fact that Buddhism asserts Adibuddha not to be an individual, separate being who created the universe, but something present in each sentient being, can be seen as a theological difference concerning the nature of God. That is, Buddhism does accept a “creator God” but with its own unique interpretation. As the Muslims say, “Allah has many names,” and many Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Jewish thinkers assert that God is abstract and present in all beings. Taken from_

Dear Buddhist brothers, don’t angry with me, I hereby apologize all of you from the bottom of my heart for copying and publishing the above paragraph. I just wish to show that we are not far apart. Not totally different.

I am not telling that you and your religion is wrong. I just want to highlight the similarities. If we look at the virtues or goodness of teachings of all the religions, all are same, advising to do good and to avoid the evil or bad.

modern Islamic scholars have asserted that the Prophet Dh’ul Kifl–the “man from Kifl”–mentioned twice in the Qur’an, refers to the Buddha, with Kifl being the Arabic rendering of the name of Buddha’s native kingdom, Kapilavastu. The Qur’an stated that the followers of Dh’ul Kifl are righteous people. Secondly, al-Biruni and Sehristan, two eleventh century Islamic scholars who visited India and wrote about its religions, called Buddha a “Prophet …”

“Dispute not with the People of the Book save in the fairer manner, except for those of them that do wrong; and say, ‘We believe in what has been sent down to us, and what has been sent down to you: Our God and your God is One, and to Him we have surrendered’.” (XXIX: The Spider: 45)

In other places the Qur’an says:

Not all of them are alike; a party of the people of the Scripture stand for the right, they recite the Verses of God during the hours of the night, prostrating themselves in prayer. They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin Al-Ma’rûf and forbid Al-Munkar ; and they hasten in (all) good works; and they are among the righteous. And whatever good they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for God knows well those who are Al-Muttaqûn .(3:113-115)

Muhammad (pbuh) in Buddhist Scriptures: 1. Buddha prophesised the advent of a Maitreya:   

A. Almost all Buddhist books contain this prophecy. It is in Chakkavatti Sinhnad Suttanta D. III, 76:

“There will arise in the world a Buddha named Maitreya (the benevolent one) a holy one, a supreme one, an enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe:”

What he has realized by his own supernatural knowledge he will publish to this universe. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at its climax, glorious at the goal, in the spirit and the letter. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and thoroughly pure; even as I now preach my religion and a like life do proclaim. He will keep up the society of monks numbering many thousands, even as now I keep up a society of monks numbering many hundreds”.        

B. According to Sacred Books of the East volume 35 pg. 225:

“It is said that I am not an only Buddha upon whom the leadership and order is dependent. After me another Buddha maitreya of such and such virtues will come. I am now the leader of hundreds, he will be the leader of thousands.”     

C. According to the Gospel of Buddha by Carus pg. 217 and 218 (From Ceylon sources):

“Ananda said to the Blessed One, ‘Who shall teach us when thou art gone?’

And the Blessed one replied, ‘I am not the first Buddha who came upon the earth nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise in the world, a holy one, a supremely enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths, which I have taught you. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure such as I now proclaim. His disciples will number many thousands while mine number many hundreds.’

Ananda said, ‘How shall we know him?’

The Blessed one replied, ‘He will be known as Maitreya’.

i. The Sanskrit word ‘Maitreya’ or its equivalent in Pali ‘Metteyya’ means loving, compassionate, merciful and benevolent. It also means kindness and friendliness, sympathy, etc.

One Arabic word which is equivalent to all these words is ‘Rahmat’.

In Surah Al-Anbiya:

“We sent thee not, but as a mercy for all creatures.”
[Al-Qur’an 21:107]

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was called the merciful, which is ‘Maitri’. 

ii. The words Mercy and Merciful are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an no less than 409 times.

iii. Every chapter of the Glorious Qur’an, except Chapter 9, i.e. Surah Taubah begins with the beautiful formula, ‘Bismillah Hir-Rahman Nir-Rahim’, which means ‘In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful’.

iv. The Word Muhammad is also spelt as ‘Mahamet’ or ‘Mahomet’ and in various other ways in different languages. The word ‘Maho’ or ‘Maha’ in Pali and Sanskrit mean Great and Illustrious and ‘Metta’ means mercy. Therefore ‘Mahomet’ means ‘Great Mercy’.Here are some other links regarding Gautama Buddha’s Prophecy about Muhammad being another Buddha (Maitreya Buddha):

http://www.irf.net/irf/comparativereligion/middle/buddhism/dawahtobudhhists.htm

Comparative analysis:
http://www.irf.net/irf/comparativereligion/index.htm

Dear Buddhist brothers, after reading the above, if I were in your place, I would think that this Muslim is trying to put our God, Buddha under his Islamic Prophet and trying to put his Prophet as next Buddha.

No, no, no. I am just trying to rationalize that we all are the same. All the religions are same. We cannot or should try to run down, looked down as false on other religions. 

Not only the Muslims, but other religious persons could say or prove that the following teachings of Buddha are wrong. I personally could accept the following teachings of Buddha  as the absolute truth! 

But I am born in a Muslim family. So I decided to stay as a Muslim but would never look down on Buddhism as a wrong religion. I had learnt a lot of Buddhist teachings and also Scripture of Christians in the mission school.  And later read about other religions, Hindu, Jews etc.

But we understand that Buddhism does not explicitly recognize a God, or the concept of prophethood. However, there is no official Buddhist view of God, and Buddhism does not specifically oppose monotheism.

Buddhism is usually regarded as a religion (or a spiritual philosophy) without an Absolute Creator God (who created the universe ex nihilo and to whom worship and adoration are due). Even though an Absolute Creator God is absent in most forms of Buddhism, veneration and worship of Gautama Buddha (and other Buddhas) do play a major role in both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. In Mahayana Buddhism there is the notion of the Buddha as the omnipresent, omniscient, liberative essence of Reality, and the idea of the Buddhas as generators of vast “Buddha lands” or Buddha Paradises, in which beings will unfailingly attain Nirvana. (Wikipedia)

In Buddhism, there is no Supreme Being named that is the creator of all. However Gautama Buddha does state that our thoughts make the world. The Buddha considers thought as the creator of the world.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.

Dhammapada, 1.1-3

All the religions’ virtues or values or the essence of are good, same and we differ in practice only. I think the covering outside form and the way we practice are the things dividing all of us. The Essence of all the religions  are  the same. 

Even we, humans used to like new models of cars and chased the new fashions. I believe that God Himself purposely avoid the creation of assembly line product HUMAN ROBOTS. 

In every religion we believe in Angels. God create Humans different from Angels. If all the humans are same it may be boring. God given us the choice, we could choose Good or EVIL. And God had given promise that the good persons will be rewarded and the bad would be punished. 

Buddha never taught that all other good persons from other religions would be punished or are going to HELL.

Jesus also never preached that.

And Allah also clearly said that those GOOD Non-Muslims could enter HEAVEN. 

The Five Precepts 

The Five Precepts constitute the basic Buddhist code of ethics, undertaken by lay followers of the Buddha Gautama in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions.

The Five Precepts are commitments to_

  1. abstain from killing,

  2. stealing,

  3. sexual misconduct,

  4. lying and

  5. intoxication.

The laity undertake to follow these training rules at the same time as they become Buddhists, taking refuge in the Triple Gem: In the Buddha (teacher), in the Dharma (teaching) and thirdly in the Sangha (community of monks and nuns).

The following are the five precepts rendered in English and then Pali:

  1. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking the life (killing) of living beings.
    Pānātipātā veramani sikkhāpadam samādiyāmi

  2. I undertake the precept to refrain from stealing. (lit. “taking what is not offered”)
    Adinnādānā veramani sikkhāpadam samādiyāmi

  3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct (adultery, rape, exploitation, etc).
    Kāmesu micchācāra veramani sikkhāpadam samādiyāmi

  4. I undertake the precept to refrain from false speech (lying).
    Musāvāda veramani sikkhāpadam samādiyāmi

  5. I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicants which lead to heedlessness. (Can include intoxicating ideas)
    Surā meraya majja pamādatthānā veramani sikkhāpadam samādiyāmi

  Noble Eightfold Path 

Noble Eightfold Path is, in the teachings of the Buddha, declared to be the way that leads to the end of dukkha, or suffering. Essentially a practical guide of bringing about ethical and meditative discipline, the Noble Eightfold Path forms the fourth part of the Four Noble Truths, which have informed and driven much of the Buddhist tradition

These are divided into three basic categories as follows:

A.Wisdom (Sanskrit: prajñā, Pāli: paññā)

1. Right view

2. Right intention

B.Ethical conduct (Sanskrit: śīla, Pāli: sīla)

3. Right speech

4. Right action

5. Right livelihood

C.Mental discipline (Sanskrit and Pāli: samādhi)

6. Right effort

7. Right mindfulness

8. Right concentration

In all of the elements of the Noble Eightfold Path, the word “right” is a translation of the word samyañc (Sanskrit) or sammā (Pāli), which denotes completion, togetherness, and coherence, and which can also carry the sense of “perfect” or “ideal”. 

And if we look at the HINDU religion, we all could be surprized as starting from the basic concepts of life, sansara, nivarna, kamma to the vocabulary, glossary, terminology and jargon, all are almost the same.

Just look at the Christian Tritiny. God, Father and the Son. I am ashamed when some non-Christians mocked this vague or different concept as I believed in the GREATNESS of JESUS. Yes, whether we believed that he was a Prophet as Islam taught us or one of the Trinity or all, it is beyound our human’s knowledge. Why should we argue uselessly?

In Islam, we have to believe those facts which are beyond our common sense or knowledge. We must believe in all the prophets send by Allah.

It is clear that although we believe in Jesus and Moses, we cannot accept all the teachings of present Christianity and Judaism. But I also never believe that it is right to tell that they are wrong. This is not my point or idea to argue the different concepts and beliefs of the religions.

  • I here by want to promote mutual understanding and respect of all the religions.

  • Let us not provoke each other.

  • Let us promote mutual understanding, mutual love and mutual respect for each other.

  • All the religions have common good virtues and teachings.

  • Let us highlight the common and similar teachings and leave the differences to practice personally in our own homes and in the premise of the religious worshipping places. We must fulfil our religious rituals and prayers in our own houses and in worshipping places.

  • We should avoid argues, debates, quarrels and discussions on religious differences. These must be avoided in the public but it should be strictly done  in the confines of our own religious community.

  • We should have a communication hot line open always to discuss any social and religious problems among the different faiths as we are staying together and the potential problems will crop up any time.

Engaged Islam is the path we, Muslims in Myanmar should choose, in this modern world of multiethnic society.

  • As we are staying in a non-Islamic country, it is more important for us not to isolate our-selves.

  • But we must communicate, relate, discuss and have a dialogue with or Buddhist Burmese friends.

  • No man is an island. We should not just stay in our own religious atmosphere.

  • We have a lot of things to do in unity despite of our differences in religions.

  • We have to build our beloved country.

  • We have to work together to eradicate hard core poor. Many social and welfare works. World peace and more important than that, peace, stability and progress of Myanmar etc.

We should cooperage extensively in various social and welfare works.

  • We all should look after and work together for the less privileged of our country.

  • The poor, the aged, ill patients, orphans and people out of job, drug addicts, ex-addicts, ex-criminals, socially out cast people like beggars, prostitutes, HIV positives, school drop outs, delinquent children, domestic violent victims are few of the people we want to mention here.

  • Works of merits like building schools, extension of schools, opening free or subsidised clinics and hospitals, rehabilitation centres, rest-houses and resting places for the travellers, digging wells, building ponds, cleaning the streets and city etc could be co-ordinated and done together by the various social and welfare groups regardless of the difference of religion.

  • Those voluntary works should become the regular meeting centres of co-operation for the people of different religions.

  • By working closely together, we can build mutual trust and understanding.

Don’t let our-selves become religious fanatic.

  • Extremism is always bad. Islam teaches us to practice moderation.Buddha also advised the followers to choose the moderate, middle path.

  • Acting extremely is always bad, especially in religious matters.

  • Siddhartha(563-483 BC) followed the extreme path for many years in meditating but could not get enlightenment until he changed to the moderate path.

Mutual trust is important.

  • We must try to understand the other faiths.

  • If we have no interest, we cannot know others’ feelings.

  • Only if we know and understand the others, we will have a faith and trust.

  • From that we could sow and grow tolerance.

  • Stop pointing fingers, finding faults regarding the past mistakes.

  • Whether right or wrong, forget the past. Try to forgive others.

Try to change our-selves to be more effective, efficient and faultless.

  • Try to avoid committing the same mistakes.

  • Look for the future.

  • We must be considerate. Think and feel from the opposite side. We must reduce the confrontations and increase the dialogues base on common good virtues and teachings. We must cooperate extensively on social and welfare works.

  • We must be sensitive with the feelings of our Buddhist brothers. We must never insult their beliefs.

  • Jealousy and hatred are interrelated.

  • There follows the fear of loosing out.

  • Hatred is associated with fear.

  • Love drive out fear.

There are two forms of love in Myanmar concept.

  • 1500 is the hot love between the two lovers and among the husband and wife.

  • 528 love is cool and it is a universal love between – brothers and sisters, friends, parents and children etc.

In long term marriage, the couple develops both loves, extended from hot love into cool love of mutual friendship.

Loving-kindness is difficult to understand by non-Myanmars, who may have this but if I am not wrong, never categorised into a separate word.

This we called, Myitta, is the tender love and kindness for all the creatures even extended to the animals and to our enemy.

  • Actually all kind of loves drives out fear.

  • Love or more correctly loving-kindness leads to trust, content and peace of mind.

  • Truth is not only necessary but also essential.

  • We cannot achieve trust by deceiving others.

  • If there is mistrust, the fear grows and leads to unwanted, undesirable preparations for the possible aggression.

  • If we are truthful and reliable only, the others will trust us.

  • Truth promotes confidence from both sides. Yes not only from the other side but our self-confidence also grows.

  • Mutual confidence and trust break down our unnecessary shields. And friendships will prevail.

  • I trust and strongly believe that with the good will and strong friendship, our Burmese Buddhists will even protect us or save us from the danger.

  • Lack of trust, fear and insecurity by any side leads to mutual suspicion.

  • The fear of loosing and suspicion of the other side might strike a surprised attack may lead to the plan of the early strike by one of the opposing party.

  • That mutual preparation for a possible fight, attack may lead to unnecessary tensions, misunderstanding or even an eruption of accidentally starting a fight leading to a fullfledged war.

Let our Burmese-Buddhist friends that we love and trust them.

We must prove to them that we are trustworthy and reliable.

“The best defence is attack”. That was a very popular saying in football.

But the better defence than the attack is peace, mutual trust, love and friendship.

No war is good or desirable.

Victory is the illusion of the philosophers and the fools. In a battle or a war, no one wins. Both sides lost because both sides suffer.

So try to avoid all violence – fights, arguments and wars.

Do not provoke others.

It is better to keep in silence. We should use our two ears given by God twice than the single mouth. Ears are solely meant for the hearing. Please kindly note that the mouth has other functions of eating, chewing, swallowing and breathings also.

It is better to stand up and talk, argue or present our views later after careful thinking.

Please always give some cooling off time. Give some amount of time for both sides to re-examine, re-evaluate. re-assess and re think. Try to avoid emotional immediate rebuttals.

  • Even if we are right, some of the things are trivial and not worthy of pursuit further. Most of the time, the results we can achieve by remaining calm and stoic are better.

  • In another way, we should never allow our-selves to be provoked.

  • If we are provoked, we lost control of our-selves. We could not distinguish between the right and wrong response. We are at a disadvantage in an argument, negotiation, quarrel or fight.

  • Anger blinds us and not only the enemy but also the neutral surroundings lost respect on us. We loose face also. We lost our composure and open up our weakness, the opposite side can easily take advantage. Some of the clever people will intentionally provoke us intentionally to exploit us and knock down us off balance. We must be clever and our mind must be strong enough not to become victim of provocation.

We are not promoting to abandon the preparing for the self-improvement to have all round strength and power.

  • Non-poisonous snakes are not even respected by the children.

  • If we are weak, we are always exposed to the exploitations of the bullies and thuds.

  • We have to prepare and strengthen our-selves physically, intellectually, economically, socially, mentally, spiritually etc.

  • We have to promote our health by living in a healthy way.

  • Eating nutritious foods, avoid cigarettes, liquor and drugs. Avoid dangerous sexual behaviours.

  • Do regular exercise, plays sports.

  • Learn Martial arts for self defence and if get a chance try to learn by participating in civil defence and military training.

Learn and study hard

Malcom X told us that the education is the passport of the future.

  • Islam promotes education.

  • Islam encourages us to learn from the cradle to the graveyard.

  • Islam advises us to even go to China (from Arabia) to learn.

  • Actually Muslim town Bukhara, the famous for Islamic teachings, is in China and the most famous Islamic Scholar Imam Bukhari was educated there.

We have to work hard

  • But it is more important to work smart.

  • To be able to work smart, we need education, skills, modern technology and know how.

  • Even after the schooling period of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education and had already entered the employment period, we always need to polish up or brush up our knowledge and skills.

  • On job training, further studies, evening classes and R&D (Research and Development) are always needed to improve our-selves and to value added our products.

  • Paper qualification is important in the advancement of the carrier ladder.

  • Acquiring the relevant experience and skills are also very important for the promotion but lack of paper qualification may stop us at certain crucial step of promoting into the specialist, consultant or expert level. The status, parks, salary scales etc. are totally different at that top professional and management level from the simple oridinary workers.

  • Other essential living skills like learning – driving motor-bike and motor car, computer and Information Technology, swimming, at least one foreign language etc. is also very important.

We must maintain the high moral values

  • Bad moral will destroy all of our achievements.

  • Sex, corruption liquor and drugs have cause the downfall of many great personalities in the history.

  • Reading habit is also very important value.

  • Motivation books are the vitamins for the mind. These books could improve our communication skills. We want to recommend the book written by Dale Carnegie “ How to win friends and influence people” and translated by our late democratically elected Prime Minister U Nu.

  • Actually nowadays there are a lot of books on these subjects and many have been translated in to Burmese.

  • I want to recommend the “Chicken soup for the mind” series also.

  • We need to improve our mental power and communication skills as well as physical health and muscular power.

We must be thrifty and have the habit of saving for the rainy day.

Our Myanmar Muslims’ traditional believe in hard work to survive and to gain status in life may be simply because our ancestors were immigrants and they always had to thrive very hard in the foreign hostile land.

  • If they did not work hard, there was no one to rely or depend upon. Just do or die only.

  • It is more important for us to work harder as we all had already cut off our umbilical cords from our ancient migrant ancestors’ mother lands. Most of us even could not trace or even know our roots or from where they come from.

  • We had burnt the bridges.

  • Abandoned or destroyed the rafts or boats our ancestors had used to cross the oceans and rivers.

  • There is no question of return or retreat. We must stay on forever.

  • Myanmar or Burma is our new home-land.

We Myanmar Muslims’ inherent character and habit of _ 

  • placing importance on hard work,

  • education,

  • thrift,

  • family relationships,

  • respect for elders are the precious assets for us to maintain.

Those individual skills and powers will be more effective and strengthened by the unity among the fellow Muslims and preferably extended to our Buddhist brothers.

We must always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

If something went wrong and we failed –

  • don’t blame others.

  • Accept it gracefully.

  • There is a saying – the success has a lot of fathers and the failure is an orphan.

  • Almost all the people will deny their responsibility.

  • We have to accept the failure with the open mind.

  • No need to made a witch hunt or search for the scapegoat.

  • After accepting the failure, we have to search for the real cause, without bias.

  • What, where, when, why and how it fails.

  • Who is responsible is not important.

  • Even if some-one accidentally or intentionally triggered our downfall or failure, it is very difficult to blame or change that person. Don’t be a paranoid.

  • It is our struggle. It is our interest to make sure that, that person could not damage our struggle, in any way. We have to make sure that, that won’t happen again. It is our responsibility to smooth out all because it is our own struggle for our success.

From all the failures and disasters, we must learn the lessons.

  • These are blessings in disguise.

  • Make those failures pillars for our success.

  • Try! Try! Try! Again and again.

  • Never give up the hope.

  • Thomas Eddison had failed about five hundred thousand times before he successfully invented an electric bulb.

  • Don’t stop trying. Think and analyse what went wrong. Correct it. Improve it. Prepare your-self.

  • Try again. Victory is for those dare to try again and again.

  • Perseverance is the key-word for success.

  • Easy success is actually not very sweet nor precious.

  • Victory gained after a lot of struggles are really sweat and gratifying.

  • Easy to get Iron and Copper are cheap.

  • Gold, Diamond and Ruby are precious because it is rare and difficult to get.

Actually power comes from within.

If we, Myanmar Muslims have_

  • confidence,

  • self respect,

  • proud being a Muslim and

  • if strongly believe that we are not a simple person,

  • but one day will surely progress,

  • there is definitely a very bright future of crowning with the success.

  • Inner spiritual strength is more important and always guides the outer physical power.

  • Even if we are weak physically, inner spiritual and mental strength and power will guide, train and convert it to become powerful.

And we must be ready to give a helping hand, to others, any time.

  • If we have a chance, we should try to help any one we encounter at any time irrespective of race and religion.

  • Mutual help promotes the friendship. One important thing is that we should not help just to get back immediate rewards or favour.

  • Even if that person never thanks or betrayed us, we should never doubt about our helping spirit.

  • It is our duty to help.

  • It is a charity.

  • That good will be never forgotten.

  • We have to reap what we sow.

  • We will reap the rewards of all the good that we have done.

We must not forget that we will have to pay for all the bad things that we have done.

Self-discipline is very important for us.

  • We have to commit our-selves to improve the living standard of our-selves, our family, our relatives, our friends, our neighbours, our town, our country and our nation.

  • Ultimate goodwill of brotherhood among the different races is very important.

  • Muslims are ordered by Islam to be loyal to the nation and country they lived in even if the government is a non-Muslim ruler.

But if the ruler is very cruel, discriminate and commit tyranny and atrocities on Muslims, we are allowed to fight back a Holy war.

  • If we are weak we must migrate from that place.

  • We are ordered not to just die under the atrocities.

  • God will condemn those died without doing any thing.

  • God promised the paradise for those die during the religious struggle.

  • And God also promised to fulfil the prayers of those suffering the un-justice.

It is very difficult to change the other people, whether they are right or wrong.

  • It is easy to change our-selves.

  • Yes, it is better, easier and more effective if we try to change our-selves.

  • It is easier than fighting, quarrelling or arguing with others. Once you started to blame others, they will deny and start defending them-selves.

  • The stone wall will be built, they will give all the excuses and will even point the finger back to us and start to blame us.

  • We would not get the desired result but will make a new enemy.

We have to change our-selves to win over the hearts and minds of our Burmese Buddhists brothers and sisters.

If they believe that we are sincere, trustworthy, reliable and good they will definitely change their hearts and corporate and even help us.

In Islam, our most important duty as the citizens of the non-Islamic State is to obey the government and abide by the rules, regulations and the laws of the land. 

But if the government discriminate unjustly on us, we have some options to choose. 

The first and easiest thing is to perform special prayers to Allah.  And Allah had already promised to answer the prayers of victims of injustice.

Second choice is to resist or protest in a peaceful manner, if possible within the law.  At least we must have some courage for that protest.

Another step should be borrowed from the Mahattma Ghandi’s civil disobedience.

We could take a more peaceful and milder form by avoiding direct confrontation with the law or the authorities.  Even Ghandi’s “Salt Protest” is direct confrontation.

That type of direct confrontation may be a little bit difficult in Burma’s political, social and economical life, because the APC dominance is still omnipresent and omnipotent.  Army, ex-army, SPCD, Swan Arrshinn and the USDA  or ‘Kyant Phot’ or the thuds of SPDC still dominate and influence our every-day’s life.  If we refuse to cooperate with them we, will suffer first. 

  • So we should secretly try to avoid them, avoid cooperation with them secretly.  We should secretly always try to sabotage each and every activity of those tyrants.

  • We can do in many forms, although APCs have all the permits to buy from the government, they still need to buy from the people. 

  • If we refuse to sell we will get a very big revenge, so we have to sell them but with a little bit higher price. 

  • If they forced us to work or donate, give low quality goods and service.  Try to delay, destroy their aims and objects.

  • Socially, try to avoid them or treat as outcasts. 

  • Refuse to make friend or marry them. 

  • Try to sabotage all of their activities.

Another better way is to migrate to a better place. 

Some of the people only have a chance to do this because most of the host countries are not willing to accept us. 

  • Although they claim to be Muslims, they created a lot of lame excuses to justify their hostile activities to us. 

  • We are poor distant cousin brothers in Islam, in contrast to Bosnian and Indonesian real brothers in Islam for them. 

  • Even non-Muslims from other Asean countries, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Arabs got more favourable treatment by Immigration and Home Ministries because of policies and laws which clearly discriminate on the citizens of Burma (Myanmar) irrespective of religion. 

The last option is to take armed rebellion. 

  • It is not an easy option for each and every Muslims in Myanmar. 

  • We have to sacrifice all. 

  • And just look at the Rohingya rebels and other rebels including some Muslims.  Who is willing to support financially, politically, militarily and etc? 

  • And after all we do not want outside influence. 

  • Power must come from inside the country only. 

  • Even if Muslims could topple the present government, who could guarantee that the next government will stop all the discriminations and give us all the rights including the right of representation in the government. 

  • Almost all of the prtsent opposition leaders from NLD, ABSDF, government in exile to the armed rebels have almost the same racial policy with the present military government. 

So what is the use of the Muslims’ sacrifices. 

So I hereby want to advocate or promote the other alternative means of struggles for us. 

Power of the powerless. 

Muslims in Myanmar(Burma) must struggle to get the ‘Power of the powerless instead of armed struggle. 

All kinds of violence, means more risks and less chance of success. 

As we are a minority only, we have to sacrifice a lot without any hope at all.

Instead of aiming to get the top executive administrative Power, we should aim to get the power to influence those in power!

To become a power broker, king maker, king breaker, or have the power to pull the strings from behind the curtain should be the target of Muslims in Myanmar. 

  • Power of friendship,

  • power of wisdom,

  • power of intelligence,

  • power of knowledge,

  • power of wealth,

  • power of good connections,

  • power of goodwill,

  • power of good tract record,

  • power of trustworthiness,

  • power of good moral and manners,

  • power of unity and

  • power of cooperation for mutual benefits and prosperity

are the main pillars of the POWER OF THE POWERLESS.      

All of us know that power leads to corruption. 

And the absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Any one in power will corrupt. 

Even if we, Muslims have power, there is no way to guarantee that we would be able to avoid this totally.

And those corrupt leaders or rulers could not escape Sansara, or they may have to pay back later on the judgement day.

According to Buddhism, even Lord Buddha, was scared of becoming king, and tried many times to avoid or abdicate.

Actually if we look at the condition in our country, it is a blessing, in disguise for the Muslims.  Instead of wasting time and grooming ourselves to become a politi­cian, we could use, our time mainly on education, economy and of course on religious and social works. 

It is better, less controversy and is sure of good results.

If we become highly educated professionals, wealthy, good moral characters, no one could ignore us. 

Definitely we would be able to influence any politician in power. 

  • So it is no need, for the Muslims in Burma to be jealous of our Burmese Buddhist friends in power.

  • No need to fight them or sabotage them but we must slowly and steadily try to expend our influence and contacts with them.

  • We must build a good relationship for the mutual benefit.

  • We must aim at the win win situation.

  • No need to make them poor or suffer.

We must increase the economic pie instead.

  1. No need to rob or reduce their share. In Burmese, we have a well known saying: “The water from the ocean could not dry up because of drinking by one person.”

  2. Yes! If the economic pie is big enough or if we could magnify it to accommodate all of us, there is no need to fight for a bigger share.

  3. So we all must work hard to improve our living standards,

  4. reduced the poverty rates,

  5. to improve our infrastructures,

  6. to increase our literacy rates,

  7. to promote peace and stability,

  8. to reduce hatred and suspicions,

  9. to catch up the economy and living standards of Asean tigers and Asia dragons.

  10. Our country is poor and needs a lot of constructions and development.  If we continue to fight, we will suffer.

If we have no political power to abuse_

  • we will have less sin,
  • less enemy and
  • will get more time to spend on more productive and useful things.
  • We could use that valuable time for our-selves, our family, our religion and for our country. 
  • Even if we use that time on recreation and health it will indirectly increase our productivity.

Please do not hate the Burmese Buddhists, ever if they happened to be monks or nuns. 

  • Hate or not we are already ‘trapped’ in this one country, to stay, struggle, work and survive together. 
  • Whether we like or not, we have to see and communicate every day.
  • Hatred will only made our lives miserable.
  • It will destroy our heart and body.
  • Buddha had already said:“Hatred and anger will destroy or burn our own body and soul.”
  • Mutual loving kindness will usher in the peace, development and prosperity.

When we speak we should avoid falsehood and lies, non-beneficial words and those words not easily acceptable to others.

  • We should always tell the truth, if it is beneficial and if acceptable to the recipient.
  • And for backbiting, Islam prohibited us to from telling the bad things about others at their back, even if those were the truths.

We should not give up hope. 

I would like to quote a poem of Rabindranath Tagore, (1861-1941) translated in to Burmese.  Because we, most of the Burmese knew him and his poems, I hereby like to translate in to English from the Burmese.

“If you miss the moon and waste the time with the sorrow and crying, you will miss the stars also.”

  • I even want to add, that after the dark stormy night, the clear dawn will definitely follow.

  • If we waste the time crying for the missed moon, we could also miss the beauty of the dawn.

  • Please stop crying for the spilt milk.

  • Nothing is really lost or priceless to be missed.

  • The fish we failed to catch always seemed to be big. 

  • Please, just accept the real fact or pretend that the forbidden grapes are sour. 

  • Be content with the local fruits we got. 

  • There are much more precious things on earth to achieve. 

  • Don’t waste time on lost opportunities or things we could not get.

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had rightly pointed out, FEAR is the worst enemy in all of us, including Burmese Buddhists, other minorities, other races, other religions and Muslims in Burma. 

  • Fear of extinction,

  • fear of dominance,

  • fear of total assimilation and

  • disappearance of race and religions pushed us apart. 

  • Like fear of unknown sounds and shadows in the dark.  If we just close our eyes, stay or hide under the blanket, the fear would never go off.

  • We would never be able to overcome that fear.  If we switch on the lights, search with a torch light, we may find out the cause, leaking or dribbling water taps, moving tree branches scratching the window, a cat or a rat etc.

Because of the western propaganda’s bias reporting and illustration of Muslims as terrorists and extremists, many people have preformed bad images on us followed by fear. 

  • This is our duty to try to change our image in them with our friendship, goodwill, generosity, loving kindness, co-operation and help etc. 

  • Sports and social welfare are the easiest routes to approach others.

  • Especially Muslims must establish a good relations with not only the civilian Burmese Buddhists but also even with the monks. 

  • We should learn how to communicate properly, respectfully and to behave correctly with the Buddhist Monks. We have to use some special words and phrases with respect.  Once we manage to ‘talk’ to them in a proper way or religious protocol, all of the difficulties will be over.  You will be surprised how helpful the monks  are on us. 

  • If there is no propaganda warfare or incitement and direct parti­cipation of the Military Intelligent spies, Swan Arrshins and USDA thugs, no one will ever harm us.

  • Even during the Military government sponsored anti-Muslim riots, true monks protected the Muslims.

  • The very good relation of Buddhists and Burmese Muslims and especially the merchants of Mandalay Zeygyo (Zeycho)  Myanmar Muslims’ skill to communicate with the Buddhist monks was mentioned and praised by one of the most famous lady journalist ‘Ludu Daw Ah Mar’ in one of the most famous Myanmar Magazine, ‘Shwe Amu Tae” in 1998.

  • So we need to grow and also show the loving kindness for all the citizens of Burma (Myanmar). They would definitely appreciate and return an appropriate reciprocal response.

  • We need to use our mosques to base and expend our social and welfare works.

  • Myanmar Muslims have enough manpower and Finance to start a health care works, education assis­tance works and legal aid works.

  • We should extend our free or partially subsided clinics and hospitals.

  • We should open and extend public libraries, tuition classes, religious classes, motivation and moral workshops, IT training, business and legal- aid bureaus, homes for the handicapped, orphanages, domestic violence victims and aged.  We could work toge­ther with our Burmese friends.

  • Vocational training, sports activities and training, teaching English speaking and other foreign languages are also helpful for the youths. 

  • Zakat funds and other funds also must be set up and use with transparency to aid the poor, for the education and to help to start small business.

  • For the disaster and tragedy aids there should he donations without strings but for the education and business aid, we should strictly consider non-interest loans only

  • Once graduated and get jobs or if business thrive and progress, they should be made to pay back the dues so that other needy persons could benefit from this scheme. Most of the successful people stay away from those organizations after they graduated or success because they are shy to  disclose their past.  That is the wrong idea.  They should be even proud of their success achieved from that pooer start.

  • We should not only aid money to start a business but should advice and give training for that.

  • And we should form a net work to help their business running. We should encourage to franchise our Muslim business. 

  • We must organize business seminars and workshops and act as match makers for the Muslim would be investors, Muslim skilled and unskilled workers and professionals. 

  • This could be extended to the foreign Muslim investors.

  • We should set up Psychological and other professional consultants like, social and voluntary workers to assist the people with various problems, marriage counselors, drug and alcohol addicts, delinquent children and women etc.

  • We should even consider a match making for Muslims.

  • Job searching, job training aid for the retrenched workers must be considered.

  • We should give advice when there is any dispute.

  • We should even consider assistance between the various activities between landlords and the tenants, property buyers and sellers.

  • We should even consider opening business of retail shops, restaurants etc, for on-job training for the Muslims.

  • Printing press, motor car and motorcycle workshops are also good to provide on-job training.These should be open to the non-Muslims also. 

  • By these activities we could build mutual understandind, mutual trust and it will lead to religious tolerance. 

  • There should be noboundry. Not only inter racial and inter religious tolerance and understanding but we need intra racial and intra religious unity and co-ope­ration. So called pure Myanmar (Burmese) Muslims must work together with thoseMyanmar Muslims preserving or leaning towards Indian subcontinent. 

  • The ‘Council’ or Burmannized, assimilated must co-operate with Tabligh side under the Mufti and Maulavis.  It is not the time to fight among our-selves.  I wish to point out one thing, even if we point the other side as Kalas or Indian Muslims, the Burmese government would never consider us as Burmese. Even if someone eat pork or enter the monkshood, they will call them ‘pork eating Kala and Kala.  Phongyi.

  • We should avoid extremism from both sides.  There must be a compromise. The other side must also shed the extremist views. Should avoid differences by restraining from patty fatwas. Islam is actually a social and family oriented religion. Even not like the Buddhism, which advocate the monkshood and ignore all the worldly things.

  • I myself like Tabligh activities because it really cause the Islamic revival and but always feel uneasy when they forced us to follow them for days or weeks.  They are forcing Muslims to ignore the real world of our business and families. Some of us even hate this and pointed to the ignored families leftbehind. Why should not we compromise. Islam never teaches us to ignore ourlove-ones, families and business. 

  • Tabligh-Muslim groups go around the countries to call, invite, preach, teach and train Muslims.  Founded in 1927 by Maulana Mohd.  Ilyas (1886-1944), a Sufi from Delhi.  In 1934, he started a revivalist campaign, reminisce of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).  Invited to come and pray at mosques and participate in various religious activities.  Tabligh teaches that worldly affairs are subordinate to the religious duties.  Although no one could deny that Tabligh activities are good, these are little bit at one end of extremism. 

  • If the Tabligh leaders could compromise, it will become a very good platform for Muslims in Myanmar. We all should change for the benefit of all the Muslims in Myanmar.

  • Buddhism advocate the middle path, “Myit Zima Padi Pada”. Confusious advised to take a moderate stand and to avoid the extremism, “Zhong Yong”.  In Islam, Al Baihaqui Hadith relates:”The best way to conduct your affairs is to choose the middle path.” 

  • Muslims in Burma must stop nursing bitterness about all those past and present injustices. 

  • Resentment and hatred must not allow to colour our heart to turn black. We must be magnanimous from now onwards for our future progress.We all must control our extreme emotions and desire for revenge. We must promote moderation, loving kindness and care . 

I have actually no right to demand all these from the people who were and are suffering under the successive Myanmar Military extremists. 

We must_

  • recognize,

  • sympathized

  • and help the victims of oppression,

  • discrimination,

  • aggression,

  • pers­ecution

  • and prosecution. 

But forgiveness and loving-kindness must replace the revenge and hatred. 

  • Our wisdom of the brain must overrule the feelings of our heart. 

  • In other words, “Our heads must rule and control our Hearts”

  • The hatred and revenge will ultimately leads to the endless circle of mutual violence and destruction of both parties.

  • Let us stop the circle of hatred and revenge.

Those pure Myanmar Muslims pretend and even believe that they are real Myanmars. 

  • They even discriminate and look down on the Muslims who have beard, wear long shirts and with scalp caps. 
  • They labeled them as Indian Muslims and even call with insulting names and comments. 
  • Some of them wear pure Burmese Gaung Baung, Tike Pon and Longyi and even insist on praying in Burmese language. 
  • Wearing those during prayer times  is not wrong as long as it covers the ‘Aurat’ or shameful parts according to Islam. 
  • It is nothing wrong if we refused or choose not to keep beard but insulting others with beard is out of question. 
  • If anyone could translate exactly and precisely all the Arabic words and use in daily compulsory ritual prayers,  no problem but all of us knew that it is impossible.
  • Myanmar language in Doa prayers or asking from Allah forgiveness, repenting or wish for the things we want to be granted would be more appropriate or correct and natural.

Myanmar Muslims or more correctly all the Muslims in Burma are systematically marginalised in present Myanmar history, politics and government.

And we, Muslims in Myanmar are also subject to the divide and rule policy of thegovernment. 

Ulamars are also busy with minor patty issues. Discussion, research and issuing Fatwas on all the questions raised are good for the practice, and progress of the religion and Islam encourages that. 

But arguing, quarrelling, fighting and division of Muslims or minor patty issue is not a very good thing.  We must avoid the minor issues, which may possibly cause the disunity.

We must have a second look on those Islamic Jurisprudence.

Mosque trustees or Mutawalis are also fighting and struggling for their power. It is funny they are competing for that minor authority.

We must aim at the establishing of a caring Muslim community in Burma.

We must become a society that cares. 

  • We must suppress our greed, selfishness and ‘Kai Su’ spirit.
  • We must care for the poor, ill, aged, and the underprivileged.
  • In this on ongoing process we must not forget our family. 
  • It must start from our own home, extended to the neighbours, friends and relatives. 
  • We must open our door to people of other races and religions.
  • If possible it must be extended to the whole world.
  • Once that caring attitude transgress the geopolitical, racial and religious boundaries our world will become a better place to live in.
  • Islam already guided us to this caring path. 

  • We, Muslims are to blamed for the lack of enthusiasm for this noble deed.

We have inhereted some very valuable cultural elements from our ancestors.

Cultural and religious festivals will give us a unique identity and some solidity.

Edds, Prophet birth day, weddings and other special prayer ceremonies should unite us.

Muslims in Myanmar have inherited the accumulation of customs and cultures from Pakistan, Northern India, Afaganistan, Bangladesh, Turks, Arabs, Persians and the last but not the least from our Burmese Buddhist friends.

And our Myanmar Chinese Muslims or Panthays also have a very unique culture and customs derived from Yunnan.

In this article we have tried to present the various religious virtues or goodprinciples and values with the internationally accepted norms or standard modern political views and principles.

We all should work together to reduce the social illness, juvenile delinquency, drug addition, incest, prostitution, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.

To get a Myanmar Muslim Renaissance_

  • we must appreciate our roots,

  • ancestors,

  • religion,

  • our unity

  • and our co-operation. 

If we have unity and correct aims and objectives, there is nothing we could not achieve.

We have to reverse our inferiority complexes,

  • wrong concepts,

  • thought of failures and behaviours.

We have to draw a proper strategy and implementation.

  • We must aim both for the spiritual and material goals.

  • Peace and prosperity must come together.

  • We must know and proud of our roots. 

  • No need to cover up or hide in the cocoon of denial.

  • We have a very rich heritage to be proud of. 

  • We also have very big, great genetic pool.

  • We are not the descendents of an inferior -race or shameful religion. 

  • We must know accept and appreciate our own values. 

  • No need to be shy to reveal or to be seen as Muslims. 

  • Do not care or shy or worry to be called a Kala.  No one can deny that ancient Myanmars especially the Sakian or Thaki Wun Mins or “pure Burmese Kings’ blood relatives” were all pure Indians and were fully qualified to be called Kalas.  When those Indians were mixed with the new migrants from China, all the present ethnic Myanmar groups and races were formed.  No need to call them back Kalas (Indians) or Kala Pyet or Kala Dain or Pauk Phaws (Chinese) because there is no profit inciting and making them angry. 

  • So no need to be shy or fight back with them. 

  • Just keep in our heart that we are not inferior race or religious group, but historically and morally same as all other ethnic groups in Burma (Myanmar).

  • If possible, please try to avoid mentioning these issues.  Burmese Buddhists and other ethnic minority groups are not able to accept or handle this truth. 

  • The most racist of all in Myanmar is our some of the Rakhine Buddhist brothers. We have to understand them and should try to get their trust and friendship.

  • It is a very sensitive issue.  Be careful.

  • Actually we must co-operate and coordinate with them in all the fields. 

  • We need friendship not enemies. 

  • There must be inter-religious dialogues, discussions and seminars to increase mutual understanding and to reduce the misunderstandings.

  • We must built a mutual trust on each other.

Self improvement

  • All of us in Burma, Burmese as well as Muslims have a respect for education. 
  • Educated persons, teachers, graduates, doctors and engineers are respected by the rich and the poor. 
  • This respect transects the boundary of race and religion. 
  • So the education is not only a passport of our future, as Malcom X had stated, but a short cut to gain respect for a downtrodden and discriminated Muslims in Myanmar. 
  • We must also have self-confidence. 
  • In other way, this is a strong mental power. 
  • We must have a good destination, a vision, believe that we could achieve it if we try hard. 
  • We have to believe in our ability and capability. 
  • We must not only work hard but must work smartly also. 
  • Even if we fail, should not give up, must try again after re–examining where we went wrong.
  • We must make the failures pillars of our success.  Perseverance, hard work, improving the skills while working, continuous reassessments of the products or results or quality control, always searching to improve or on going research and development will definitely crown us with success. 
  • We must appreciate our own culture and religion.
  • We have to preserve the good virtues and discard our bad die-hard habits if we want to improve ourselves. 
  • We must always search for the new progressive ideas and methods and must continuously try and aim for the improvement in the future.

Self-criticism is good. 

  • It is better if we have the service of good friends or relatives who are willing to give fair and constructive criticism.
  • We must take all the criticisms, whether we like it or not. 

  • Even if it came from our enemies or from the opposition. 

  • We must never dismiss those summarily as just the voice of dissent, mischievous persons finding faults, or just criticized with bad intentions or lies, but must listen and review all of them thoroughly.

  • These criticisms must be compare with our self-evaluation of our achievements and failures. 

There is almost always room for improvement. 

We must be considerate to the others and the effects of our activities and decisions affecting others. 

We must sometimes or if possible always try to  look and think from their side.

If we, Muslims in Myanmar have a facility of the think tanks and brain storming sections, it will be very beneficial for us.  

At least we should set up this kind of facility for the Muslims in Burma, it will be very good for us.

We must not forget a very popular saying:

“The wise are sometimes wrong, but the fools are always right.”

  • The wise are intelligent enough to admit their mistakes and are willing to change.
  • Fools are so stupid to even know that they are wrong. 
  • They would never admit their mistakes or willing to change.

We must always be ready, to accept the responsibility of our mistakes.

  • And must be willing to rectify, apologize and face the consequence willingly. 

  • We must come out with the analysis: What?  Where?  How?  Why? When? it, went wrong?

  • Denial and blaming others will never chance the results or improve our positions.

  • We must always be mentally and morally mature and strong enough to avoid the persuasions of the devil to derail our course. 

  • We have to control and avoid our bad habits.

  • We must always have an open mind and heart and always ready to accept if someone proves or convince that we are wrong. 

OUR REQUEST TO THE SPDC GOVERNMENT

OUR REQUEST TO THE SPDC GOVERNMENT

            

So we hereby want to summarize all our requests into the following points. A.      Basically at least we, all the Muslims in Burma/Myanma, want to request the right to possess the following documents: 

  1. Birth Certificates

  2. National Registration Cards.

  3. Passports.

  4. Family Registration Cards. 

B.      We, all the Muslims in Burma/Myanma, want to request the following basic rights:  

  1. Right of unrestricted internal travel in the whole Myanmar/Burma. 

  2. Right to travel abroad according to the current government regulations on all Myanmars/Burmese. 

  3. Equal access to education at all the levels including postgraduate studies abroad, according to meritocracy. 

  4. Equal rights to all the government jobs and promotions according to meritocracy. 

  5. Equal rights to settle and work in any part of Myanmar/Burma. 

  6. Equal rights to serve and promotion in armed forces, Police, immigration, Ministry of Foreign affairs. 

  7. Freedom of religion, worship, religious publications, building and repairing of Mosques, religious schools etc. 

  8. Right to participate and contest in the national and regional politics.  

  9. Right to hold the political and administrative posts in various level of government and its’ agencies.  

C.      And we, all the Muslims in Burma/Myanma, want to request the protection of all our Minority Rights and Human Rights according to the United Nations’ standard and Internationally accepted norms.  And our last request is not to just refuse our requests by simply just saying that the Muslims in Myanmar/Burma are not citizens of Myanmar/Burma but recent foreign migrants only. We had already presented the undeniable historical facts of long history of all the Muslims of Burma/Myanmar. We could trace our ancestors well in to the first millennium and now we are even in the third millennium. And our youngest brothers-in-Islam migrated more than half a century ago into Myanmar because we gained Independence on 4th. January 1948 and migration stopped much more earlier than that.

So it is unfair and gross injustice have been committed if the Muslims in Myammar are labelled as foreigners or new guest citizens.

And we must not forget the fact that the “Indian subcontinent Burmese Muslims” who maintained the umbilical cord intact with the Indian subcontinent had returned for good after General Ne Win had “driven them out” in 1964 with nationalisation of all their business, property and demonetisations. Despite the Universal Declaration’s Denunciation of discrimination against minorities some kind of discrimination is almost always seen in many countries including Myanmar. We have to respect the majority rules in all kinds of governments, including the democracy governments. But the majority must respect and protect the rights of the minority.  Even in democracy, there are limits on the concepts of the majority rule, to prevent tyranny of the majority. Majority must rule with the big heart by persuasion, understanding and kindness, but should never coerce the minority with force, threat, cruelty, violence, exploitation and abuse of power or racial riots. Although the population of the Myanmar Muslims increased during the British rule of Burma because of new waves of Indian sub continent Muslim Immigration. This sharply reduced since 1941 because of Indo-Burman Immigration agreement, and totally stopped after Burma (Myanmar) gained independence in Jan.1948. So Myanmar Muslims are at least staying in Myanmar from 50 years and some of them are staying for more than 1000 years already. Myanmar Muslims are descendants of Arabs, Persians, Turks, Moores, Indian-Muslims, Pakistanis, Pathans, Bengalis, Chinese Muslims and Malays intermarried with local Burmese and many ethnic Myanmar groups such as: Rakhine, Shan, Karen, Mon etc. Muslims arrived Burma as travellers, adventurers, pioneers, sailors, Military Personals (voluntary and mercenary), and some of them as prisoners of wars. Some take refuge (from wars, Monsoon storms and weather, shipwreck and some for other various unforeseen circumstances). And some of them are victims of forced slavery. Some of them are professionals and skilled personals such as advisors to the kings and at various ranks of administration. Some are port-authorities and mayors and traditional medicine men. Some of them are good at various vocational skills, culture arts etc. Mixed marriages, intermarriages and assimilation process of throwing away of almost all their foreign languages, foreign dresses and foreign culture slowly shaped them in to Ethnic Myanmar/Burmese Muslim group of today. But we had drawn a line in the ongoing process of assimilation. That line of limit is our religion, Islam. As practising Muslims we could not go beyond the limit of tolerance of Islamic principles. So Myanmar Muslims threw away Urdu, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi and all other foreign languages. Even Arabic is learned just to read Holy Koran and for prayers. Myanmar Muslims speaks Myanmar as our mother tongue, wear Myanmar dress and even have an official Myanmar name as well as Islamic Arabic name. Because we could not compromise our faith in Islam in matters such as: only eating halal foods and drinks, marriage, divorce, inheritance, and other customs which heavily depend on Islam e.g. circumcision, funeral and burial rituals etc. So Myanmar Muslims could not assimilate homogeneously as Chinese, Hindus and others, except for those who convert or renounced Islam. Complete Assimilation of a minority group always needs a compromise of their tradition, their culture and some of their rights. So in view of the present political condition, kindly allow us to present some advice to all the persons and groups involved in the present political arena. 

Peace and prosperity always come together.

There will be no development, progress nor prosperity if there is no peace.  War or any fighting will even destroy what we have already achieved.  Enough is enough.  It is already half a century that the Second World War had finished.  But our country is still plagued with civil wars and infighting.  It had destroyed a lot of properties, human lives and wasted valuable manpower. If we have a chance to use all these and the defense budgets from all the opposing sides, our beloved motherland will be on par with all other Asean tigers.

Wars, fighting, angers, revenge and all kind of the violence are prohibited by all the religions including Buddhism.  There may be some exception as self-defense or holy war but most of us are misusing and are trying to give various excuses to justify our deeds.

There is a saying that the “VICTORY” is an illusion for the fools and the philosophers only.  No one could absolutely win the battles and wars.  Both sides lost in some other way.  Our fifty years’ civil and political war attested this.

Lord Buddha was against all kinds of aggression.The mildest form of this, a mere anger would burn our own heart and self.   Forgive, forget, peace and cooperation with mutual trust and friendship should be the answer to all the problems of our beloved country, Mynnmar (Burma). There must be a compromise, a give and take policy to reach a peaceful settlement.  Prosper thy neighbour.  No need to kill destroy nor bankrupt the neighbours, other Citizens or other races. Procrastination is the thief of time.  Please start the peace and reconciliation talk with the people, opposition parties, especially with the NLD, ethnic minorities, minority religious groups and armed rebels.  You can fool some people for some time. But could not trick the whole world all the time with lame excuses of drawing a new constitution or need to prevent the disintegration of the country.             Please stop discrimination, persecution and ethnic cleansing of Ethnic minorities and other religious groups. Even the powerful Nazi Germany, Slavs, White South Africa and all others had failed in the world history in crushing the relatively very weak minorities.  Those Ethnic cleansing, Religious persecution and prosecution and discriminations are even becoming a blessing in disguise for all of us now.  Because of suppression, Jews migrated and progressed enormously.  Then Palestanians follow their success.             Burmese migrants including Burmese Muslims migrants are now in a better position, better educated, better trained and some of them even became powerful and rich in the new host countries.  Some of their children have even married to the families of the host government members. One of them is now even holding a cabinet minister post in a middle-east country. Please stop the selfishness. Always looking for the benefits and dominance for my army, my party, my ethnic group, my religion etc. Greedy selfish concept of : I must lead, I must govern, I must dominate and I must hold the power etc. is not right. We all must work together, cooperate and unite for our country.  Please look at our own history. General Aung San and U Nu trusted U Razak. He never betrayed their trust.  He had even looked after the interest of the fellow Burmese Buddhists. He had supported the separation of Burma from India. He had denounced the separation of Pakistan from India. U Khin Maung Latt, U Nu’s Minister supported the law protecting the Burmese women against the interest of Muslims in Burma. U Razak, U Rashid, U Khin Maung Latt, Hajima Daw Pu, Saya Chair (Ne Win’s trusted Muslim, who was appointed as the Head of election Commission), Colonel Tin Soe (General Ne Win’s Revolution Council Member) were so loyal to their governments. Even most of the Muslims regarded and accused them to have sold off the interest of the Muslims for their self-benefits.  I am not judging them.  Just wanted to mention their loyalty only. Please stop looking down on us, Muslims of Myanmer (Burma) as foreigners or migrants not worthy of trust. Please look at the Shwe Byin brothers. Just because they had refused to contribute bricks to build the Pagoda, Anawrttha give the order to punish them, but Kyansittha executed them. 

Please stop doing the same treatment and perceptions, persecutions on us, Muslims in Myanmar (Burma). 

Yes! Even if the authorities punish us we will still continue to refuse to obey the orders if they are against our religion, ISLAM.

But please trust us, we will even sacrifice for our beloved country, Myanmar, Burma, like that same Shwe Byin brothers. Please don’t forget that they had sacrificed their lives to penetrate the very powerful inner defense and innermost security and drawn lines on the forehead of the Chinese king, Utibwa. If Burmese troops have to fight a traditional battle on the ground they were sure to lost. Successful penetration of the most inner circle cracked the morale of the Chinese king, Utibwa and chilled up to“his backbone with fear”, leading to peace agreement. 

So, please allows us, Muslims in Myanmar, to serve the country as same as Shwe Byin brothers.  We promise to even risk our lives to draw lines on the forehead of the enemy kings. 

But don’t just simply suspect, persecute and prosecute us. We also love our country, Myanmar, Burma.Redemption and reconciliation is never late. Do not breed the hatred.  Stop blowing the wind on the fire of hatred.  Do not cook the pressure to increase so that it will be out of control and burst.  This is the best time for redemption.  This is the time the Myanmar military has almost absolute control of the whole situation in Myanmar.  The ball is on your side.  The pendulum will definitely swing to the opposite side in the near future.  Next time around the People will be very difficult to control because of the pent up pressures and would not be easily controlled like in 1998.  At the present condition, if Senior General Than Shwe or other Myanmar military leaders started the National Reconciliation process, all of us, actually the whole country, will definitely forgive and forget all the past.  Now with the NLD and its leaders, Daw Aung San Su Kyi, U Aung Shwe, U Tin Oo and others are around, and could definitely control the people, especially the extremists.  Please reed the book of Daw Aung San Su Kyi’s discussion with Allan Climent. Even that book alone could convince us that we can trust the NLD and Daw Su.  Sure they are sincere.  They are not cheating nor bluffing, just to get the power.  After reading this book only, I believe and trust them.  Then only, I am sure that NLD and the present leaders could form a government with a sincere gentleman face.  NLD with Daw Aung San Su Kyi, representatives from all the armed rebels, ethnic minorities and religious group should be invited to participate in the new ”Coalition Caretaker Government”.  As the present Myanmar Military have an expertise and experience of running the government for decades, all should cooperate for the benefit of the mother country. No one could deny that there were definitely some excesses done by the present authorities.  It is a nature for those who had suffered would want to demand for the justice and because of that same reason also, those dictators who had perpetrated the injustice have every reason for the fear of reven­ge. Present Military may want to cling on the power to protect their interest. There must be a give and take from all sides. The opposition, from NLD to rebels and including all the people of Myanmar (Burma) must simply accept the nonspecific apology, if announce by the Military leaders.  Full stop.  No more.  There must be no witch-hunt or any legal action nor any revenge. We must agree this and give a very strong promise to the present leaders.  There must be no investigation at all for the property of the military leaders.   The people who had suffered, imprisoned, tortured, died, lost job, lost the properties should be allowed to claim compensation from the new caretaker government only. No one of the Myanmar military leaders should be called to testify, condemn, try in court or punish in any way at all against their will. Definitely, there must be some investigations initiated from their claims but we must guarantee for the complete immunity of any form of punishment to all the leaders.  I want to make a point again.  We must learn from the present and the past but these are not very important when compare to the future. 

We must accept that for the future of our country, our children, we must try to forgive and forget all our sufferings. 

We must sacrifice now and must compromise to get an early agreement.  Daw Su advised us to overcome our fear.  But it is also very important to try to help our opposition of their legitimate fear.  Mutual trust is needed to eliminate all the fears.  I think it is the time for us to help the other side reduce the fear.  Once they give up the power, or share the power with us, if there is the possibility of starting an investigation against them, they would not relinquish their power.  It is natural that they have to protect themselves. We have to praise the Shah of Iran, Suharto of Indonesia and President Marcos of Philippines for the giving up the power without resisting up to the end. If they just continue to defend themselves up to the end, there would be more lost of life and more sufferings on the respective people.  Our Myanmar (all citizens of Burma) should declare and show that we are more farsighted, mature and we would not resort to any kind of retaliation like the people of Iran, Indonesian, Peru, Argentina and Philippines.  I am not telling that they were wrong.  They may be right but they had clearly started some shock waves to all the dictators.  Now all of the dictators are scared of retaliation and witch-hunt followed by law suites if they relinquish their power. We must be fair to both sides. 

If the dictators could not be overthrown easily like in our country, and if they agree to transfer or share the power, we should not punish them for doing so.  We have to reward them with the unconditioned amnesty. 

At least they have helped shortened the sufferings of the people. And I hereby want to point out one important thing.  Love of the mother country or patriotism.  We could not monopolize it. And it is not right to claim by one party only that they are the ones who love the country.  And should not suspect, claim or accuse that their enemies or their opposition have no love for the country.  No one with the right mind could deny that all the parties concern love the country in their own ways. We should not claim that General Ne Win and the successive military governments did not love the country.  And they also should not doubt the NLD leaders including Daw Su’s love for the country.  Even those armed rebels also love the country.  They had sacrificed their entire homes, family lives and the whole civilization for the love of the motherland.  It is not right to suspect or accuse or question the other people’s love for the nation. 

If we really love our country, please show proof by sacrificing our present positions, compromise and let us work together for our country. And please stop thinking that we, Muslims in Myanmar, have no patriotism. 

We, Muslims in Myanmar(Burma) also love our mother land.  Please trust us, allow us to work and contribute in the reconstruction of our country. As the present military government may need concrete assurances of safety, and as they agree to share the power without the oppositions’ real powerful removal, we should consider giving the ministry of Home Affairs and Defense Ministry to them.  We should even consider giving the President’s post to one of the present military leaders to oversee and control the new government to safeguard the integrity of the Nation.

Prime Minister post should be given to Daw Aung San Su Kyi of NLD.  Deputy Prime Minister post must be chosen from the ethnic minorities eg.  Shan, Kachin and Karen.  This Caretaker government should rule, rebuilt and develop the country for ten years without any election.  After five years only they should consider for the local Municipal council elections.

No one should rule the country more than ten years. If we all compromised and work together, with the help of all the people inside and outside the country and definitely with all the possible investment and help from all the foreign countries, I am sure our country will develop and catch up with others very rapidly.  Please stop all the suspicions, discriminations, accusations and hatreds.  Please stop the desire to revenge.  If we love each other and our country, trust and work together nothing is impossible. We need mutual understanding and mutual trust. Especially as all of us need to forgive, trust and work together with the Present military government.  And at the same time, the military leaders must trust the NLD, the oppositions, including the People in exile, students, armed rebels, ethnic minor­ities and all the other religious groups including all the Muslims in Myanmar.  Let us look at the future, progress, goals and march forward together with mutual love, trust and respect. Please recognize and accept our Myanmar (Burmese) Muslims’ participation in building our country.  Please do not shut us out. Today our country has reached a crit­ical state where we must accept to love, trust and cooperate to save our beloved country or perish to doom.  There is actually no other alternative.  We have fight for half a century without success.  Our country only suffered because of our fighting. We all love our country in our own way.  The way we love and the system we choose were different. But now all of us have accepted that Democracy and market economy is the only way to rebuild our country. Why should we quarrel any more? We all must sit together to formulate the fair and just laws to protect all of us..                            I  

DREAMS OF MYANMAR/BURMESE MUSLIMS

DREAMS OF

MYANMAR/BURMESE MUSLIMS

 Insha Allah, our dreams will definitely come true. 

“Dreams” or may be ‘Our aims and objectives” or “Our Visions” or may be more appropriately called “Our goals and objectives” for the year of 2048 AD.

 Burma or Myanmar got Independence in 1948. So it is exactly 100 years after it.  Let us go to our dreamland now…Oh! Unbelievable.  All have changed, BSPP, SLORC and SPCD all are in history book now. Actually they are in black dark pages of our history book, mentioned together with Germany under Hitler, Italy under Musolani, Uganda under Idi Amin, Cambodia under Pol Pot, Yugoslavia Bosnia Kosovo under Milosivic etc.  Ah!  Please stop.  Let us forget the nightmare.

Let us just look at the bright and beautiful part of my dream…

Now all is new, bright, beautiful and progressing.We even have a new name. It is “The United States of Burma”. But the few opposition fanatics of remaining extremist Tatmadaw are still strangely calling Myanmar!Our ‘President’ changed every year because we are scared of transforming him into a Dictator.  Actually he is the rotating head of the ruling Presidential Council only.  He had no executive power at all. He is meant for ceremonial purpose only.Chief Ministers of the States, Cabinet Ministers and the representatives of each and every Ethnic Minorities and all the religions form the core group of Presidential Council Members.Workers, farmers, students, merchants, investors etc. are also included in the council. Representatives from many semi-government organizations, Non government organizations, Voluntary organizations and welfare organizations also have a chance to sit in the council. 

Scientists, Medical experts, Engineers, Computer experts, Economic experts and the representatives from almost all of the registered professional groups are also given a chance to be represented there.

There is a real Democracy now.  The Majority always cares and respects the rights of the Minorities.  And the Minorities have the veto power to control the powerful Majority’s any possible excesses or affairs relating to them. The minorities always respect the majority’s wishes. There is neither abuse of democracy nor abuse of individual rights. The minorities’ rights are protected by the special chance of rights of representation in each and every decision-making body.If there are differences, there is neither threat nor coercion by the majority. 

But there is no much to decide now adays.  All the Laws, Rules and Regulations are already put into the Main Computer.  All are pre- programmed, pre-discussed and pre-determined. All these are already done by all the citizens and the law-makers.

All the members of the Presidential Council have access to that mainframe computer twenty-four hours a day and the whole year round. The computer always provides the decisions but that feedback is provided to all the members and also sends to the various ministries for action.  There is enough check, balance and control system so that no one could take advantage of the system or abuse them.  No one could search for the weak points and use for the self-benefit.

All the citizens could access the read only memory but have a right for the complaint, scrutiny, criticize and appeal to any decisions.

All the citizens have equal Rights, no discriminations base on Race, Religion, wealth, creed, skin colour, political status or rank.In other words, from the eyes of Laws, Rules and Regulations, all the citizens of the United States of Burma are equal. 

The man on the street has equal rights with the President.  Now our country is the most democratic and just country in the world.  Our government is transparent and there is no place for corruption nor abuse of power.  No favour for the cronies nor any nepotism nowadays.  

Any one could check the monthly declaration of assets and bank accounts of all the authorities including the President,These noble principles of free of corruption and transparency applies to all the branches and arms of the government, the legalistic, executive, Judiciary, Statutory bodies, Semi-government and even to the private companies. We were part of the AU, ASEAN UNION.  Asean Union was almost homogeneous and not only even comparable but better then the EU, European Union. ‘We have Asean Parliament, Asean Pol or Asean Police, Asean Central Bank, Asean University, Asean News Agencies, Asean Multi Media including Radio Television (24 hours’ news and entertainment) etc.And AU Dollar, Asean Union currency is one of the strongest in the world.  And four sets of Asian Highways and Railways, two longitudinal and two transversely running sets. They intersected near Rangoon, Mandalay.  Lashio and Terchilake and go straight north into Yunan, Tibet and China. From there continue into Russia and connected to the European Highways. Another set continued west into Bangladesh, India and go straight to Europe. East wards it started from Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia. Actually they are part of the highways started from Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, East Malaysia, Singapore, West Malaysia, that connected all the Asean countries to the Europe, China, Russia, Korea and Japan. Australia, Philippines and Indonesia are connected to Singapore and Malaysia by “Island Hopping” with the oversea bridges and tunnels.      Oh! Oh! I forgot to tell about the expansion of the ASEAN.Asean Union is now also known as the “Federation of the States of Asia”. And actually we are now even planing and preparing for “The United States of Asia”.Our group’s members are already increased.  Tibet, Yunnan, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Assam, Manipure, Nagaland, Sri Lanka, East Timor and Independent Acceh are our new members.  Indonesia, China and India endorsed and agreed to those new membership admissions.Japan, Korea, Australia and Saarc member countries are associated members.  Excuse me, I almost forgot to inform that now we are now not only linked up with Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan with bridges and tunnels. But we have and accompanying extensive net work of Highways, railways for ultrasonic bullet trains, gas pipes, petroleum pipes, clean water pipe, cables for electricity and fiber optic cables for audio-visual telecommunications. And our mother country, the United States of Burma, is one of the most developed nations in AU.Now we have common Asean Passport and common Asean Identity Cards and all the member citizens are free to work, invest, travel or migrate anywhere in the AU.  We even have common taxation and customs.  We have common Asean Inland Revenue and Import Export taxation Department.  We have elaborate computer system to divide and redistribute those various taxes, depending on the place and persons we taxed. So actual works of individual governments are much less and they have no much rights or power when compare to Y 1 K (Year one thousand is up to 31st Dec 1999). Individual States of the countries are more important but they also have to follow the rules and regulations only.Buddhism, Islam, Christian, Hinduism and Confusism are official main religions and other minority religious groups are also not discriminated. Inter-religious dialogue is done by the official, government funded Foundation.  Religious conflicts, arguments, differences, complaints, discriminations and most important of all, all the coordination is done by this foundation.  It is even more powerful in deciding the religious matters than the individual governments.  The Directors of this foundation is ranked equally with the cabinet ministers of the member countries. There is no more religious fanatics or extremists in the foundation.  Religion is to be practiced individually for the moral development and for the hereafter.  No need for fighting because of religious differences. Good, common teachings and virtues are compiled and repeatedly promoted.  Different duties of religions are practiced without disturbing others.  Religious tolerance is a subject taught in every school and forced by the authorities.  So our Asia-values, or AU values are based on absolute democracy, proper representing and respect of all the ethnic minorities and all the religions.  Respect of other Religions is the main core foundation of our Religious practice. Religious tolerance, Right of representation by all the religious groups including minorities is the most important achievement of the AU. I am sure that the above dreams could not come true 100%.  But I pray and hope for the best.  Insha Allah, God will favour and help all of us. There is free migration of people around this region.  The Christians from the Philippines and East Timor migrated to northeast. Muslims also migrated from the Indonesia, Malaysia and lower part of Thailand to Upper part of Thailand, Tibet, Yunnan and Burma, towards north.  And there is a massive migration of Buddhists from Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to the south towards Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines. 

So there is better understanding, assimilating and cooperation among AU members, leading to the present formation of the Federation of Asean Nations.  And most of us are optimistic about the dream of the future “United States of Asia”.  Now there is no point arguing about the borders of the individual states.

And our Federation is one of the most powerful in the whole world, economically, politically and military strength.Our official language is English.  We have already over come the narrow nationalistic policy of promoting and making the local languages official, e.g. Burmese, Malay, Thai languages etc.  So people needs to learn two languages only.  That is their own mother tongue and English. Even those who speak only one dialect could translate to other languages by using their special wrist watch computer translator.  Actually it is no more right to mention this watch as special as almost each and every person in the Federation are wearing these translator watches.  So our kids are spared of more laborious work of learning languages.  We could even scan and translate all the languages by using handheld, portable, pocket sized equipments.Nowadays no one care about politics. 

Because politicians could not wield any power in AU.  No -official favour is possible.  No need to obtain political sponsorship or patronage to get the contracts and permits.  Now politics is pure voluntary work for the people without generating much self-profit.  Because of lack of interest, some states even have to draft the newly graduated youths to enlist as mandatory political-service for the states.

But nowadays, because of Meritocracy, transparency and total free of favoritism and corruption most of the decision making job of old corrupt political leaders are taken over by the government servants.  After all, all the laws, rules and regulations are already in the mainframe supercomputer. There is no much place for a human being to decide but to counter check whether it is correct and acceptable or not.  Even if he want to change, he had to consult other backup, reserve, appeal computer with the preset programmes.  Actually each and every citizen could punch in for appeal.  So it is not a great deal or a privileged power at all.There is no more red tape in the government service.  Anyone who delays his work has to pay the price.  Even the judges have less room for deliberation.  Police, army, Public prosecutors and any other person could not abuse their power anymore.  If they are corrupt or abuse the force and power they are severely punished.  There is a very clear and definite separation of power.  Role of the army is also clearly defined and they have to obey the orders only. 

So this is my very sweet dream. I hope I could have the real taste of my dream in a much nearer future.

Only Allah (God) knows and is capable of these major achievements.

Our duty is to try and pray only.

Yes, let us all pray and work together for our children.

Childhood fairy-tales

Childhood fairy-tales

Adapted from the old New Straits Times editor’s article

Most of us grew up on 550 Buddhist tale, 10 Jettaka or Reincernations of Buddha’s Stories, Burmese Folk tales, Lu Du U Hla’s Ethnic Minorities folk tales, 1001 Arabian Nights, Aesop’s Fables, stories by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and Mothers and Grandparents’ tales, learned lessons that have stayed with us.

From the tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, we learned that if we tell lies, people will not believe us when we tell the truth.

And we learned from wise father’s tale of the Bundle of Sticks that unity is strength.

The great fairy tales depict morality through anecdotes of tussles between good and evil.

They depict character and virtue attractively; wickedness and deception are evil.

Through these stories, we face the unvarnished truth about ourselves and are compelled into thinking about what kind of people we want to be.

One of the most-liked fairy tales is Beauty and the Beast because it contrasts goodness with badness in an appealing way.

The story starts with a very rich merchant with three daughters, all of whom are extremely beautiful, especially the youngest.

She was called “The Little Beauty” but the story does not talk about her physical attributes.

Instead, it draws attention to her virtuous character. Her moral goodness, or inner beauty, is contrasted with her sisters’ pride, vanity and selfishness, their inner ugliness.

By portraying the world in which ugly beasts are transformed into princes and where evil persons are turned to stone, fairy tales remind us of the moral truths.

These tales draw a distinct line between good and evil. But in the real world, as we know it, there are grey areas.

There is good and there is evil, and there are good people who have a little vice and there are evil people who may have a good streak in them.

And we also know that the mere ability to use moral principles to justify one’s actions does not make that person virtuous.

We see in our world people who shout loud about virtues and principles but who really are trying to hide their flaws.

We all forget sometimes, as one philosopher said, that “you cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one”, or that “character is what you know you are, not what others think you have”.

We learn from what great writers such as Somerset Maugham meant when he said: “When you choose your friends, do not be short-changed by choosing personality over character.”

Or what John Wooden meant when he wrote, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are; your reputation is merely what others think you are”.

Sometimes, we must remember the proverb that we cannot break through a wall with our forehead.

But people often judge a bird by its flight, which is really unfair sometimes because some one is being judged more by his/her reactions rather than his/her deeds.

Maybe they thought that where something is thin, that’s where it tears.

Sometimes, you have to look back into the past, much as people prefer to let the past lay buried, to get the right perspective.

The fairy tales and proverbs we learnt when we were young teach us that one does not sharpen the axes after the right time, which means that there is little use in speaking up when it is too late.

We could take lesson from the proverb that as you make your bed, so you will lie on it.

We should remember that all are not cooks that walk with long knives (do not judge a person by what he says or how he appears).

Referring to the fairy tales for a moral may not be such a bad idea in such times… 

Children of the Dream

Children of the Dream  

 Ben Okri, Nigerian poet and novelist with Urhobo lineage, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech Dear Friends,                    Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is the most famous quoted one in the world. People said that it had changed the mindset and progression of many coloured people in America. We all have DREAMS for our-selves, our families and for our country. May be we should call dreams of hope or expectations or visions. I am sure all of us love our country, Burma/Myanmar.

But the problem is: the present government, army, opposition parties, rebels and all the races/ethnic groups of different faith love our country but narrow-mindedly thought that they themselves love the country, they are patriots and never willing to accept that all others also love the countries and are not traitors.

If we all can realize, accept  and recognized that we all love our country and if all of us are willing to work together, I hope our mother country could overtake our neighbours including ASEAN countries to achieve the developed country status in a very near future. We hope and pray that our wishful thinking or this dream could really come true one day.  Children of the Dream Ben Okri, Nigerian poet and novelist with Urhobo lineage, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s“I Have A Dream” speech with a new poem, via Guardian: (For Martin Luther King) They will not be satisfiedTill they have had more, These children of the dream,These dreaming children drapedIn all the colours of the sun.Till they have had more, They who are black and whiteAnd all colours of the spectrum,And all colours of the dream, They will not be satisfiedTill they have had more.What more do they want? They want the earth and the starsAnd the beautiful heavens. They want to be freeAnd they want the possibilitiesThat freedom brings.And also freedom’s weight and dark side. They want to love who they want.They do not want to be defined. They do not want to be limited.They do not want to beg forTheir humanity or the right to be creative, 

or different, or unexpected

Or wild, or surprising, or defying of boundaries. They do not want condescension or assumptions. They want to rebel, even against themselves. They want to celebrate,even that which didn’t celebrate them. They want to love the best fruits of the earth, in music, in art and in dreams. They want to be the best that freedom promises, without explanationor apologies. They want to astonish casually, like angels do. They want to amaze simply, like geniuses do.They want to fail bravely, like explorers do.They wantto quest nobly, like passionate pilgrims do. Nothing can be too much or too little for them To dream, and to accomplish, if it belongs to the possibility of being human, The unfathomed magic of the unmeasured spirit.And so they let freedomSing into their new transformations of self everyday. They are the new warriors and masters of the earth. They are the best of what has emergedFrom time’s sufferings and history’s love. They are the children of the dream.And no prison of mind or steel Will hold them down any more. They have burst open the door.We are all children of the dream.  Sorry friends. I have damaged the original poem by dividing the sentences to please the eyes for the clarity and by doing so; the original rhyme of the poem is lost. I could not revert to its original form.

Last appeal letter to God

Last appeal letter to God

 

Prayers of Dr San Oo Aung

On behalf of all Myanmar/Burmese

Dear God,

                 Please forgive me for not addressing You with proper respectful titles as I am appealing here on behalf of all the people of Burma/Myanmar from different faiths or religions. We all had also prayed to our respective Gods (I hope you are the one and only God that all the different religions are referring to) but we have yet to see the answers to our prayers.  Please kindly forgive me for daring to write a personal appeal letter to you.

We all had personally approached the world leaders, superpowers, Presidents, Prime Ministers, United Nation Secretary Generals, various world organizations and even the SPDC Generals and the people of Burma/Myanmar and the whole world but all of the Burmese people are still suffering under the oppressive cruel SPDC Junta. So I have no choice but have to write a personal appeal letter directly to You.

Dear God, please kindly guide all of our Burmese citizens from this deep darkness into light, into the Straight safe Path. The Path of those on whom You have bestowed Your Mercy.

Dear God, we, Burmese citizens are weak and have no power to fight back or resist the cruel, unjust present military leaders. Give enlightenment, repentance and redemption to all of us including our enemy, the present rulers. Please kindly change and soften the heart of the present leaders to give way for the new and better government.

Dear God, please kindly remove the oppressors and relieve all of us from the inhumane present government. Please replace them with the kindhearted new government who would rule Burma with justice, fairness and according to the written laws without any bias or corruption.
 

Dear God, please kindly heal our diseases and our wounds. The whole Burma is now infested with physical diseases, mental deteriorations and we are facing the manmade and natural disasters one after another. Economy and business are going downwards steeply but our earning power is low, inflation is out of control and commodity prices are rising daily. Some of us have even lost our jobs.

Please have Mercy on all of us, protect us from all the dangers, disasters including the long protracted civil war and restore unity and peace among all of us. Please soften our hardened hearts to love and respect each other to be able to live happily together.

Dear God, kindly release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, all the political leaders and all the political prisoners of Burma. Kindly restore their mental and physical strength to lead our country into a new progressive era.

Please forgive all of us from all the major and small sins, the sins we knowingly committed and accidentally committed.

Dear God, give all of our citizens: peace, health, wealth, unity and loving kindness. Because of the incompetent and corrupt military rulers, all of us are poor, downtrodden and looked down by the whole world. Have mercy on all of us, give us hope and elevate the status of all of us. Please grant us success in each and every field we have tried and even we haven’t or could not try or imagine yet.

Some Islamic values that rich Muslim leaders try to ignore

After the end of the War, Niemoller became an important figure in the World Council of Churches, and traveled all over the world, including the United States to share his sorrows and joys, as well as wisdom. In one occasion, Niemoller recalled:

“In Germany they (the Nazis) came first for the Communists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

“Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up for me”.

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