“Charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul”

Evil deeds must be followed by evil out-comes and good by good. If superficial charms, striking the sight, dominate the merit, then consider that seed of evil has been sown.

This is a term that by no means suits us. But by all means it scorns us. If it is not so, then why a daughter of the highest authority of justice is unjustly merited, why the fake degree holder illiterates are your representatives, why ignorance is allowed to be a politician, why an uneducated patron as caretaker, why do you put your power of vote in the box that proves to be a Pandora’s box later on opened unto you?? Why? I ask you why? You have garroted the merit. You have garroted Bhutto, the vibrant force and a paradigm of merit. You have garroted his political philosophy. Why MNAs are purchased and sold in your assemblies? Why your purchasable independent candidates become dependent.

A layman from Srinagar goes for Indian Civil Services examination in 2009 perceiving himself to be no match to his erudite contestants, studied from Harvard, oxford, Cambridge and other renowned universities of Europe and India and is pronounced as 1st position holder. This earned him an honorary meeting with the prime minster. This is a story from our neighborhood and traditional rival in every sphere of our lives. It exemplifies that charms strike the sight and soul of their rivals but it is merit that wins their soul. Perhaps that’s why they are twice ahead us.

Let me recall to your mind the golden evidence from the world’s revolutionary religion, founded simply on faith and a power that shaped the fortune of three continents, Islam.

Hazrat Bilal Habshi must be before your very eyes, who came up to the set standards yclept merit. The merit he came up to was not measured on the bases of physiognomy, creed, color, caste, or race. Piety was merit; he came up to it. Had charms stricken the sight, the merit would have been trampled. Mr. President and my audience charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul.

O! The witnesses of the day, o! Cold wind of the burning deserts of Arab, o! Burning blazing sun, o! The chief hooriya of paradise, come, and be a testimony to what I say, and tell my audience “charms may strike the sight but it is merit that wins the soul”.

O! Cold coals smoldering under the delicate back skin of Bilal why are you silent? Unfold unto my audience the truth that charms may strike the sight but merit wins the soul.

Here Quran announces that ‘’don’t mix right with wrong’’. (wa laa tulbisu al haqa bil-batil). After you know it, how can you say that I m wrong to say that ‘’ charms strike sight but it is merit that wins the soul.

Those whose souls are won and conquered by the charms unmerited, their nation, their civilization, their existence, their identity, and their state or their country breed the bugs like creature that eat them to hollowness. You as the selectors decide. If your administrators have won your souls on the score of merit, then you’re on the way to prosperity. Otherwise if irresistible charms of nepotism overhaul you, your administration will be the wood replete with bugs inside and relentlessly being dissipated to the very extinction of yours. You must put your house in order to see what i say to you now. Mr President it must be clear as broad daylight that charms may strike the soul. Go through the short history of Saracens, Syyed Ameer Ali will prove you that how charms of nepotism on Ameer Muaawiya brought an irreparable damage to Islamic state. He too will prove you that if charms win the hearts rather than merit, destruction will be your ultimate end. Turn the coin the other way, you will find that charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul.

If charms are going to win your hearts, you will meet the same end as of Haroot and Maroot. You will too be hung and enjoy life in death. Systems, orders, discipline, institutions, unity, integrity, autonomy, solidarity, fraternity, liberty, equality, impartiality, justice and finally your state will be shattered if merit fails to win your soul.

The very echoing of the word ”merit” must bring to your minds a detestably ugly face of a lady in whose hands once were many of your decisions. She too herself was a product of the proof that merit wins the soul.  Condoleezza Royce’s name must occur to your mind. She must have been tested according to the set standards and she came up to those standards defeating all her contestants many of whom might have thrown abortively irresistible temptations. Kofi Annan and president Obama are the present forces acting on the world’s destinies, or at least ours the most. their appearance may not haunt you but their orders do affect you, their wishes do drive you, their decisions do move you, their dominations do despair you, their powers do stare you, their problems do perturb you, their missions do scare you, their aids do enervate you ,their problems do involve you, their grieves do sadden you. They are the products of merit. Had they not won their selectors’ souls on the bases of merit, there would not have been today’s influential and dominating America. The very presence of these two figures encourages me to assert that charms strike merely the sight but it is merit only that wins the soul.

Late Chinese kings had had concubines. The concubines would stand before the king and selection was made like this. You would be just thinking of the selection on the bases of feminine charms. No, no you are mistaken. The king had a set standard of his own. No matter how greater the charms were. The king would test the mathematical ability in them. The sharper ones at mathematics were selected and helped the king in handling state affairs. Most of them you will find unpalatable to your aesthetic sense. This evidence demands you to say as a chorus that charms strike only the sight but it is merit that wins the soul.

Zuleikha did not come up to the merit of Youssef (as). Her not coming up to the merit couldn’t win or yield Youssef’s soul. Charms of Youssef (AS) did strike her sight. To her merit might be the appearance. But appearance must not be the merit, and isn’t as well. Men must be judged on the strength of character. Had she known his character and made that merit, she would have won his soul. This too suffices to prove that charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul.

Martin Luther king’s words are echoing from the hills of Georgia and Mississippi into my ears that he looked forward to the day when god’s children were to be judged on the strength of their character rather than the colour of their skin. It was his anticipation of the time to come when on American land merit was to win souls rather than formerly long held tradition of charms that struck the sight. How can we, worthy president, negate his fulfilled prophecy and deny that charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul.

I would sum up my argument by posing an answerably unanswerable question. What do we measure in the scale of standard? We have two things: charms that strike the sight and merit that wins the soul.  Don’t say the latter. We followed the former and we are suffering. Look at the roof above your head. Rain is about to fall and your wooden roof will be leaking because the bug has done away with it. You mustn’t run outside because outside is, both, cold and rainy.  You are susceptible living souls. You must not be tempted by the charms of outside rain and hail. Outside you may find yourself in your birthday dress. Stay inside to avoid the cold whirling winds outside, stay inside and be the veterans of standing the wetting rains. Let these rains fall until the roof is needed to be rebuilt, re-enforced and relived with the wood that can resist bugs and ensure the security of the ones under its shelter.

Wait for this reconstruction of the roof with the faith that ”charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul”. When this faith will be affirmed the roof will be confirmed.

Thanks.

Dedicated to M.Nawaz bhae…………….

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