Between Us Only!
Speak The Truth Always!
- O you who believe! Be ever God-fearing! And be with those who are ever truthful. (9:119) – From the Holy Quran.
- Hold on to the truth, for being truthful leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise – From the Islamic Hadith.
- Beware of lying, for lying leads to sin, and sin leads to the Fire – From the Islamic Hadith.
- Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent – Napoleon Bonaparte.
- However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? – The Buddha
- Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen – Winston Churchill
A The Still Angry Youth!
After my article on The Writer’s Block few weeks back – I witnessed this incident which propelled me to remove the fear of writing – and writing once again!
I had bought a new washing machine – and it was being brought to my villa in Qurum Heights. As I was directing the 3 ton truck to reverse into my villa – this young Omani Driver was reversing very fast – and he nearly ran into me and my villa gate. He came with two Indian Handymen Helpers.
I started to rebuke him as to why he was driving this fast – and as if this was a saloon car? He curtly replied to me that he did not see me clearly. Then he started speaking in Hindi to the two Assistants – saying that these rich people – even our own – are ridiculing us like this – because I am a poor Driver.
I am not a fluent Hindi speaker – but I hear the lingo. So I told him in Arabic – please be grateful to Allah you have a job still – because if I were still in the Offices – you will be given a Final Warning Letter the way you are driving!
This seemed to shake him quite a lot – and make him come to his senses! Especially after I had told him that with his Secondary Education – he should be thankful to Allah God that he has the job – and with many youngsters – even with College Diplomas – still looking for jobs!
B The Officials
In my article last week also – I had written on the Offices scenarios In my article last week I had written on the Offices scenarios - What shocked me the most is these elements of wanting to control, dominate and subjugate in the old days methodologies – and in the old guards doctrines – from the higher levels – even to a fellow educated, qualified and experienced fellow peer Omani!
But allowing flexibility and freedom to the expatriate clans – and not your own! Like I always like to say – Like that General shooting at one’s own troops – metaphorically speaking here!
Truthfully and honestly speaking – many of my articles I have been writing in these columns and in my books are mainly Offices based – that is in the Private Sector! There are few instances for me to go to the Public Sector offices – and there are some places that I still try my level best to still avoid – unless I really need the service – and my presence is required.
From what I have seen so far – nothing much has really changed – if I remember my own articles on the few ones that I did write this sector about before. Despite all the changes around us now! Because we are still not hearing people speaking to us – and or seeing the things they are saying to us – and not even allowing them to talk to us now! That is still the sad and tragic part!
What makes it all worse is now we have all the new methods of communicating – like websites, Internets and Hotlines – restructuring and reorganising – but nothing else has changed much. You still find the envious and the jealous ones – the old guards – angry at all others – and their usual mentalities, focuses and attitudes that have remained mostly just the same.
It is not looking down at anyone – but the clerk there or similar is still the most powerful element that you will ever meet in your life – and who can turn your life into hell – and even lose your rights to move and be mobile – and your infringement on human rights – and your own personal freedom even!
The more sad and tragic part is that there is simply nothing that you can do about it. The more twirl and complain you do – the worse your situation will get. That is till a stage will be reached when you are just need to bear it – take it in – and just like one is under torture.
Or people to just go silent with the silent majority. And to be like that cinder fire that is burning intensely and heatedly underneath – and it will take just a small spark to explode it all – and as we had seen alive and still going – of starting with only the elements of the students graffiti.
Actually, those Central Points – and other Departments – that are supposed to deal with the citizens’ frustrations, grievances and complaints need to do their jobs properly, professionally, and ethically – instead of the usual ’no-hear’ – and or pass the buck to others!
When a few of these culprit officials start losing their jobs – or positions and privileges – the rest will follow in suit. Otherwise there will be no change – and drag the rest of us all into decadence, malaise and disasters!
People are restless, unhappy and still suffering - within quietly!
Not to sound melodramatic – this is going to be my last article on this particular topic. After this – I will only write on lesser topics only!
May Allah God Protect and Preserve us all – Amin Amen
Majid Al Suleimany