There are quite a few “ailments” in our society which are either not treated amicably or mishandled including depression, blood pressure, diabetes, hepatitis and cardiac related issues. But the “disease” I am going to write on today is extremely fatal for our society as a whole. And the dilemma is that we are not even aware of the dire consequences that this social evil is bringing in our society and country as a whole. We top the countries that are suffering from this ailment and this has shaken the whole structure of our society and not many are ready to pay any serious attention to it. To some extents I think we may not have a remedy ,looking at current picture of our society. You may be thinking what evil am I talking about that has shattered the very existence of this society so quickly. Well, it is “intolerance”. That’s true, this disease is eating us all up like anything and shaken the very basis of our society. Simply, it is state of restlessness which is on the high with every passing day. Let’s have a look at his causes and its types.
1 .Individual or collective intolerance:
We witness this attitude every day on our roads where no one is ready to give anyone their right of the way or in particular when one is involved in an accident we see people fighting like mad. Take the case of the people who are called “savior of humanity” the doctors. They go on strikes for weeks leaving behind the suffering people in the hospital just because they were transferred to some remote areas, against their will. Teachers beating up the pupils badly for having cheated in the exams or not having done well in the routine test.
- Social and economic intolerance:
It is the unequal distribution of the resources and materialistic approaches by the majority of people that make up the face of this society are other reasons of the intolerance in the society as a whole. Everyone in the race to accumulate wealth using few fair and mostly unfair means. We knew that people are mixing wood powder in the tea but now they have gone one step further and are coloring the used tea with the animal blood to sell it as new. Social intolerance sometimes result in taking lives on a small squabble taking place amongst children and ending up with the fatalities.
- Religious and moral intolerance:
We are the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who forgave the old lady who was used to throw litter on him every time the Prophet(PBUH) passed by her house. He taught us the lesson of ONE UMMA and today we are separated into various cliques including shia, sunni , dao-bandies ect .We build our mosques basses upon our sects and beliefs. We are not ready to pass on fatwas of kufar every now and then. Our religion teaches us to inculate tolerance in ourselves especially show this attitude during Ramadan and look at us what we do during this holy month? We become more intolerant to each other. And yet, we call ourselves Muslims and the very best of the human beings.
My only aim to highlight this social evil is to look into the ways as how we can eradicate it sooner than later. To me we all collectively are responsible to bring about the change. Parents, writers, teachers, religious leadership and all the state pillars which are responsible to interact with the masses need to play their roles honestly and to fullest.
Submitted by “Zile Huma”