Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Oppression & Emancipation
The rural populace is oppressed by feudal landlords in many societies.
Someone on a discussion list wrote: 'Free will is like right to vote. People have right to vote but under what conditions. They are forced to vote a certain person because their life will then be miserable if they do not vote him. I refer to population living in rural areas where a Chaudhary controls the life of millions through police stations and Maulvis. People of average or low understanding are easy prey. There are hundreds of ways through which the will of the people can easily be influenced such as social set up, Maulvis, media and greed. Similarly, it applies to free will, too. Millions of people can not exercise free will because of so many reasons i.e. they have no capability to add 2 plus two to equal four due to their lowest understanding. Free will is conditional... '
My understanding of whether oppressed people will be held accountable or not:
The duty to fight against oppression or at least walk away from it is upon those who can, as Allah knows the abilities and the trials He has set each one of us. Please consider the following verses:
[Sahih International] And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, "Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?" Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah , and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of Taghut. So fight against the allies of Satan. Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak.
[Sahih International] Indeed, those whom the angels take [in death] while wronging themselves - [the angels] will say, "In what [condition] were you?" They will say, "We were oppressed in the land." The angels will say, "Was not the earth of Allah spacious [enough] for you to emigrate therein?" For those, their refuge is Hell - and evil it is as a destination. Except for the oppressed among men, women and children who cannot devise a plan nor are they directed to a way - For those it is expected that Allah will pardon them, and Allah is ever Pardoning and Forgiving.
Quran (Chapter 90 http://quran.com/90) exhorts the free citizens to reduce inequality by freeing slaves and feeding the hungry, stating that these are the difficult yet required things to do. Quran http://quran.com/2/177 also lists the freeing of slaves among the list of righteous deeds.
The example of the rural populace who are oppressed is a form of slavery. Its the free citizens of the country who should make the efforts to liberate them. Its the free citizens who will have to account for their inaction.
پھر اس دن تم سے ضرور بالضرور نعمتوں کا سوال ہوگا
And Allah knows best!