Wednesday, 8 December, 2021

Together We Stand Strong

Anwar A. Khan

Together We Stand Strong

We as a nation are standing at a critical juncture. We need to awaken as many people as possible; otherwise the humanity is destined to be doomed. Although beneath the surface something very positive is happening. The mass awakening of humanity has increased because of these enormous violations of human rights and lockdown that allowed people to reflect on and research topics that they wouldn’t usually do. We are human beings and freedom is our birthright. In the spectral realm, we are all at war and the enemy is fierce. Reality is that our enemy, the devil, is a formidable one. We had so many years of experience in tempting, destroying and taking people out of our presence. But as big as our enemy is, we are even bigger. And one thing is for sure: we are now on the winning side. Because of what we did on the cross for us, we now share in its victory and can fight the enemy with a determination to win. We fight for ourselves and equip ourselves to win. In times of battle for the just cause, temptation, accusation, deception and condemnation, we must equip ourselves with our kind words to fight against the forces of evil and push back the plans of the enemy. Chances are that you are in some form of ugly battle today. And your means of fighting is to know what we have to say about this battle.

He who dwells in the shelter of the highest will abide in the shadow of humane Bangladesh which we attained in 1971. For that, glorious Bangladesh of 1971 will deliver us from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. It will cover us with its pinions, and under its wings, we will find refuge; its faithfulness is a shield and buckler. We will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day. Put on the whole armour of the 1971 Bangladesh that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the religious bigotries, against the communal forces, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the anti-Bangladesh liberation forces. Be watchful. Our adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

So much of the history of the struggle between good and evil can be explained by Edmund Burke's observation. Time and again those who profess to be good seem to clearly outnumber those who are evil, yet those who are evil seem to prevail far too often. Seldom is it the numbers that determine the outcome, but whether those who claim to be good men and women are willing to stand up and fight for what they know to be right. There are numerous examples of this sad and awful scenario being played out over and over again in country after country, including Bangladesh.

When good men or women do nothing, they get nothing good done. To be good, one must do good. We have no chance to stand idle by and mere spectators. The evil forces sit on the sidelines instead of actively participating and working for the good. If good wins, they join in the celebration though they did nothing to produce the victory. If evil wins, they will complain long and loud though their own apathy helped produce the undesirable result. When good men and women do nothing, evil people triumph. Evil, sin and sinful men and women must be opposed.  People must command those who are good, not just to avoid evil but actively oppose it. Those who do nothing about sin and evil, help sin and evil to prevail. One who is silent when there are those around him in sin becomes a partaker with them. The silence of the people speaks volumes of their indecisiveness and inaction. Their failure to stand up, speak up and speak out permitted wicked people like anti-Bangladesh liberation forces to run rampant.

When good people do nothing, they are no longer good. Many have the mistaken notion that good is merely the absence of doing that which is wrong. Not so! One is good not merely because he does no evil, but because he is actively working for what is good. Today, some preachers fail and refuse to meet the real foe, refute error and fight the enemy. Instead, they have turned to viciously savaging their own people. They are filled with bitterness and hatred and they maliciously attack, slander and misrepresent people of other religions. While the conduct of some so-called Muslims is shameful, what about those supposedly good people who do nothing? Those stand on the other side and do nothing but watch as their brothers and sisters of other religions are being slandered, slaughtered and devoured, they cease being innocent bystanders and idle spectators. Their failure to act not only allows evil to triumph but makes them just as guilty as the spiritual cannibals they refuse to reprove and rebuke. Those who fail or refuse to do good in the face of evil are sowing some dangerous seeds. They are doing nothing good as we are commanded to do; they are helping evil to win and have ceased being good and have become partakers of the evil they did nothing to stop.

Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not sit by and do nothing. Stand up and be counted, speak up against evil and speak out against evil people and their sinful deeds. It’s time to rise up and stand up against these evil and communal forces– anti-Bangladesh liberation forces. Bangladesh believes itself exceptional, the greatest and noblest nation ever to exist because of its long-standing struggles for upright cause, a lone champion standing between the capital of democracy and the terrorists, barbarians, and other enemies within and outside the country. This is difficult because there exists, all around us, an apparatus urging us to accept Bangladesh’s innocence at face value and not to inquire too much. And it is so easy to look away and ignore the evil done to us using the name of Islam. The evil components of our shadow are the part of us that we deplore and prefer not to admit. One must set themselves free from all inhibitions in order to initiate close encounters with their innermost monster. By standing toe-to-toe with the part of ourselves that we most detest, a person is in a position to slay their fiendish sense of self and, by doing so, undergo a soulful transformation.

The world will benefit greatly if men and women everywhere would exercise the pure love which is kind, meek, and lowly. It is without envy or pride. It is selfless because it seeks nothing in return. It does not countenance evil or ill will, nor rejoice in iniquity; it has no place for bigotry, hatred, or violence. It refuses to condone ridicule, vulgarity, abuse, or ostracism. It encourages diverse people to live together in Bangladesh regardless of religious belief, race, financial standing, education, or culture. When people are forced to remain silent, being told the most obvious lies or forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. We are standing face to face with the barbarians. The enemy is no longer outside but inside the country. It stammers, overcome by its own moral disarmament, and is giving up: this is the time to seize the reins. Present society is an accomplice to the evil that is devouring it. Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself. We have lost too much, but we have not lost everything. And we have certainly not lost Bangladesh, for we will stand with you for as many tomorrows as it takes.


The writer is an independent political analyst who writes on politics, political and human-centred figures, current and international affairs