People of peace

I am biased.
I rarely heard my father utter a full sentence.
However, I did see him plant all sorts of trees and he took care of them throughout his life.
I am not a very good student, but least I forget, he showed me and engraved in me the meaning of “Actions speak louder than words.”
May he rest in peace.
I was very fortunate to meet a lot of good people, but there are those I yearn to meet.
There are many veils of space and time between me and them.
Moreover, I lack the spiritual strengh to go through those veils.
But if I fail to meet them, then I hope the Lord of Mercy will send his angels to carry me to their presence. There the “I” will be no more.
Of the people of our time, I would like to mention four that deserve a lot of respect and should be honoured in many places:

1. The honourable man: Neil Postman.
They say he was Jewish.
He was concerned with the pros and cons of current education and technology.
He said:” At its best, schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living.”
He reminds me of the following Quranic verse:

“And among the people of Moses is a community which guides by truth and by it establishes justice.” Quran 7:159

2. The honourable lady: Chen Shu-Chu.
She is a Buddhist.
She shares most of her earnings with the needy.
She says: “Life is short. We are born with no material possessions and shall die the same way. Money is only useful when it is in the hands of people in need.”
She reminds me of the following Quranic verse:

“And among those We created is a community* which guides by truth and thereby establishes justice.” Quran 7:181

3. The honourable president: José Mujica.
They say he is an atheist.
Maybe, he just does not believe in a way that cannot possibly be the way of the Prophets of mercy.
He said:”I am called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor.
Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle and always want more and more!”
He reminds me of the following Quranic verse:

“And in their wealth the beggar and the outcast had due share.”
Quran 51:19″

A religious zealot might interject: “How can you quote non-muslims and even honour them? You have lost the plot!”
The response is very simple: “How about you start contemplating the meanings of the words of the Quran! Does it not command us to witness to the truth even against ourselves?”
In addition, I do not know what will become of me nor them.
That knowledge is with their Maker.
One thing is certain though. When the good people are locked unjustly, then the corrupt roam the earth.
And here we come to the fourth person.
4. The honourable man: Hasan bin Farhan Al-Maliki.
A Muslim from the south west part of Arabia.
He said: “To treat the hatred in you that eats away your health, your reason, your conscience, shortens your life and brings your death nearer; you will need to know its root causes first, just like any illness!
For your health, religion and conscience; treat (your) hatred!”
Hasan was put in prison,
But really for no good reason,
Leave Hasan to his vision,
And there will be peace in the horizon.

*community, in the Arabic language, could refer even to just one person

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