By Mai Sartawi
March 22nd, 2020
(RAHNUMA) Since the eve of 2020 to this day, Australian bushfires have burnt 18.6 hectares (186,000 Square Kilometers). While those of us further West or East–depending on the side from which you turn– revered it less, not seeing the blackest sunset nor hearing the stomp of thousands of kangaroos flee, it is our shared atmosphere that suffered due to global warming. To reunite our collective consciousness, Covid-19, an invisible germ that is out to attack human beings in an indiscriminatory fashion, has shut-down schools, closed down business till future notice, stumbled the stock market, forcing individuals to return to themselves by government orders of self-isolation and good-old home schooling.
Humanity’s consciousness has strived to confirm that our external reality is not random, but is only a result of what we choose to bring into our mental paradigms. We live in an opportune time of utmost progress, where at a mechanical click, we receive stories that cross borders in any language, and up-to-date live data. Amongst this spring’s fruits is the Corona bloom, that, apart from Idlib’s displacement crisis, has colored all socio-economical and geopolitical news. As the whole world focuses its lense on the fear of death and human greed to save mine and ours, heedless, we are now forced back to the reality of our human frailty as the heavenly realm intervenes and forces us into self-isolation.
Since the industrial revolution of the 19th century, humanity has become dependent on a volatile economy whose very existence is based on production and consumptions at whatever cost: cheap output has become strategists main concern, and the sale of weaponry the means for intergovernmental alliances. Whether due to industries hiring cheap labor shredding divine-ordained dignity or governments printing paper and selling money to avoid austerity measures, or appointing modernised puppets to turn the colonised into entitled want-to-be imperialists, or through expensive private education and honorary degrees that license mere students to professional assholery, the new decade has shown that this culture of impunity may preserve our human indecency, but not without Nature’s objection.
In the state of Kuwait, we find branches of people playing the scenes behind the virus: opportunists riding on people’s fear to sell more in the name of health; a scared public who is too preoccupied with maintaining a clean status; and those who realise the shift in global consciousness to become creative responders to the call of Time. In this first group are the professionals, benefitting from the economy, who would rather act as supporters of human laws, even while fifth dimension interference is interrogating the whole system. Such individuals turn a blind eye towards Kuwait’s reaction to expatriates. Unlike the spirit of spiritual ills, the virus is not racist, and does not discriminate. As such, any prevention measures taken against non-Kuwaitis must have been taken against Kuwaitis in the same manner. There is no reason to blame a country’s people for importing the virus. Apart from reflecting long-standing internal biases, the outbreak, decreed by the heavenly realm, is to strike us all and hopefully heal us as One. As Its voice states in the Quran, “And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” (Alra’d: 11). Second, the media’s favorites, sold the tonic of fear in “isms” that stem foremost from essential individualism. Amongst them are the school owners awaiting the pandemic’s end only to sue the government for closing down schools–a vital precautionary measure– because it compromised the school’s budget. Or the folks who would rather send their houseworkers to finish errands prioritising their own health, without minding paying others to finish theirs.
Finally, the category that this sudden outbreak begs the first and second branches to mend through a necessary shift in global consciousness to put our hands in soil, grow our own plants, and build gardens for all children to produce and consume alongside Earth, and not against it. “Certainly We sent Our apostles with manifest proof and We sent down with them the Book and the Balance, so that mankind may maintain Justice.” (Alhadeed: 25). The Mercy of both Worlds, peace and blessings upon him, has left us the Book for the end of days. Amongst the Manifest Proof is the apostles return. “And We have already written in the book [of Psalms] after the [previous] mention that the land [of Paradise] is inherited by My righteous servants.” (Alanbiya’: 5). Our beginning and end stem from one tree, the tree lit by the Light of the Prophet Muhammad. Its root is intent and its fruits is what each of our actions reap. At this time especially, where an unseen virus is managing to sweep the globe in less than a month, we pray for accountability, forgiveness, and mercy. May the All-Merciful return us to His shadow with humility and gratitude for His promise.
Mai Sartawi has a J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. She practices law at Meshari Al Osaimi Law Firm, Kuwait. She shares reflections on her blog, www.4sakina.com. She can be contacted at email@example.com The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Rahnuma Daily, TheRahnuma.com nor The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily.