4th of July: a day to remember

Posted: July 3, 2006 in U.S.

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This Independence Day I am thinking of Palestinians who remained occupied by Israelis who should know what loss of freedom means for people.

Assalamu Alaikum:

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and freedom, independence, and liberty are on my mind.

In her 1943 book The Discovery of Freedom, Rose Wilder Lane of the Little House on the Prairie traces the history of human beings’ struggle for freedom.

Her starting point is Prophet Abraham’s struggle for liberty. The second most important leader she writes about in this historical movement for freedom is Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. She concludes that in modern times, American experience in liberty is the leading one.

I believe that like spiritual well-being and physical fitness, freedom and liberty do not stay at one level. Either it goes up or goes down based on how much we are investing in it.

This Independence Day I am thinking of Palestinians who remained occupied by Israelis who should know what loss of freedom means forpalestine-boy_vs_tank.jpg
people. The occupied Gaza is without electricity, without water, not much food left and hardly any work. If it was a hurricane or earthquake the world will be committing billions but here only a few weak voice of the likes of Amnesty International calling it a war crime.

This Independence Day, I wish we could come up with a better criminal justice system than what we have, maybe a system which balances values and the law on one side and reward and punishment on the other. At this moment, we boast the world’s largest prison population: 2.1 million individuals incarcerated with almost 4 million people on probation.

This Independence Day comes at a time when Muslims are fearful; their neighbors in America and a good part of the world are fearful as well. This Independence Day, let’s resolve to free ourselves from the fear of other human beings.

Peace

Contributed by: Abdul Malik Mujahid

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