Prof. Sabitu Olagoke
Of all the creations of Allah, the almighty, only human beings exhibit poor characteristics of disobedience and acts of ungratefulness.
This is why the Holy Quran 61: 1-4 reports us to ourselves, to effect positive change towards His rules and regulations to be able to stop all acts that make us look like rebellious entities.
''Whatever is in the heavens and on the earth declares the praises and glory of Allah: for He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. O ey who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not? Grievously is it in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do not? TrulY Allah loves those who fight in His cause in battle array as if they were solid cemented structure.''
By the above, the design and the desire of God for us are that we do things through a positive mindset and characteristic accuracy and precision in all our transactions.
Also, the Holy Bible states in Proverbs 30: 24-28 ''24There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
25The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
26The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
27The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
28The spider taketh hold with her hands and is in kings' palaces.''
The question now is who =gave them the wisdom and why were they given the power of the discerning mind to be able to perform wonderfully the feat that is difficult for human beings to accomplish and with relative ease.
People, therefore need to follow these exemplary lifestyles of living within the divine codes of God's stipulations.
Proverbs 30: 29-33, shows us the dividend of been scripture compliant.
''29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
31A greyhound; he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
32If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
33Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.''
Overstepping the bounds of God is a ruinous path that will ever disturb the peace of the environment to probably lead to self-destruction. Doing things according to laid down ethical principles always leads to a successful voyage that would be crowned with the cream of divine grace that would be profitable to the body system, all and sundry.
Are we not called onto this earth for a purpose? Are we not sent to schools by our parents for a purpose to add value to the system that produced us? Are we not offered employment, appointed into positions of power for the purpose of ensuring that others are rightly empowered and the transformation of the environment through assured justice, peace, and sustainable development?
Why then are we deviating from the path of scripture compliance, the glory of ethics, discipline, scripture compliance, and doing things according to the dictates of the rule of law? We are not only shortchanging ourselves by depleting the resources, rather than adding value to the system?
We should resolve to change our ways for the better to receive the grace and blessings of God.
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The population of the world is classified into faith distinctions of believers, unbelievers, and hypocrites.
Unfortunately, the almighty Allah has created mankind to worship Him aright(Holy Quran 51:56).
The population of believers is in the minority.
The unbelievers fall into various categories.
The hypocrites are in significant numbers.
This is why the Holy Quran declared in 22: 11, at least with respect to Islam: '' There are among men some who serve Allah as it were on the verge: if good befalls them, they are therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and the hereafter that is indeed the manifest lose''.
It is, therefore, to measure the population density through the degree of religiosity with a direct correlation with God and Godliness. Through this, it will become crystal clear that believers in every religion are few, while the hypocrites are in the majority.
The common characteristics of the hypocrites revolve around anti-social activities, definable by sins and crimes that usually threaten the peace and stability of every society.
The Holy Bible, Matthew 10: 28-31 throws more light, ''And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not, therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.''
The assignment before the true believers who walk the talk by been scripture compliant is not only to correct the aberrations in the land but to work on the unbelievers and the hypocrites through exemplary lifestyles.
Similarly, the Holy Quran 6:93 refers, ''Who can be more wicked than one who invented a lie against Allah, or saith, 'I have received inspiration when he hath received none or again who saith,' I can reveal the like of what Allah hath revealed?
If thou couldst and see how the wicked do fear in the agonies of death !-The angels stretch for their hands, saying,' yield up your souls-This day shall ye receive your reward-a chastisement of disgrace for that ye used to tell lies against Allah and scornfully to reject of His signs.''
Believers must be conscious but get strengthened in their faith, while the hypocrites and the unbelievers must receive admonition for positive change.
Let us fear God, but respect ourselves to be able to create a new world order of peace and development that would be safe and secured for human habitation and wellness.
Life is but a double-edged sword, where the truth is bitter because people are not ready to sacrifice pleasure so that others live comfortably due to the poisonous syndrome of metaphoric bile in the sack of ego-centeredness.
When you see people accepting their faults to make corrections for positive change it is because they love to take the bitter capsule of the truth even when it is not sugar-coated because they love to live exemplary lifestyles without any stain on their white cloth.
However, the other edge of the sword is that of work without pleasure which must be taken hook, line, and sinker in order to live well.
This is a part of taking due process in rising to stardom, but when people find it difficult to achieve, they seek fora shortcut to engage in sharp practices through taking to the path of falsehood and other diabolical means.
Human beings, generally have to realize the need to acknowledge and take to the golden rules of the law-penal code or sharia to meet up with the vision of God on the creation of which each of us is infinitesimal in size and number for us to be considered important or been above the law driven by the design of God, the almighty Allah.
The Holy Quran 2: 201-202 refers,'' And there are men who say: Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the hereafter and save us from the torment of the fire to these will be allotted what they have earned and Allah is quick in account.''
To strike a balance, therefore, it is necessary to go the way of God in our pursuit of acquiring wealth to keep the body and soul together, otherwise may end up in sins and crimes to lose heaven which is more important not only to the soul but to the entire reasons for existence.
The Holy Bible Matthew 5: 13-14harpsonthe issue of the way to heaven and the way to hell, '' 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.''
Only a few people find that road(while living in the material world of temptations and survival).
The wide road of sins and crimes is aptly described in 1Corinthians 6: 9-10, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
The best references to this will be found in Matthew 5: 17-19,'' 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
From the classical example of how the holy Prophet Mohammed was able to make it become a perfect example for mankind, we can equally source our strength to overcome the temptations in the world
of materialism in which we live.
The best of our reference is in the Holy Quran 6: 162-163, Say(and follow): Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life, and my death, are all for Allah, the Cherisher of the world. No partner hath
He: This am I commanded and I am the first of those who submit to His will(through body preservation from sins and crimes by following the rule of law or sharia and soul purification from devilish thought processes upholding truth even against all odds in acts, deeds, words, and thoughts to be wholesome always).''
Let us all follow the noble path of honor rather than the disgraceful path of perdition.
Heaven must be preferred to the bottomless pit which is hell.
The dignity of labor is divine for human sustenance. Every creature has a license to the physiological needs for the upkeep of an individual on earth. For the early part of the individual's life, the individual would be dependent on others, most especially parents.
For the purpose of sufficiency, material resources ought to be evenly distributed to those who may need them to avoid inequality that may bring about insecurity for the purpose of survival among the people. Common senes dictate that needs must be sourced through legitimate means, not to become a victim of the law that regulates human affairs, since stealing, armed robbery, cheating on others, and other criminal acts are not only anti-divine but deviant also if the societal norms on the scale of justice, sins and crimes. Transfer Money with Wise
Putting up god work attitude with the spirit of working harder to meet up with the emerging demands and responsibilities without violating the golden rule of the dignity of labor is, therefore, sacrosanct.
The Holy Quran 11: 6 refers, '' There is no moving creature on earth, but its sustenance dependent on Allah: They knoweth its resting place and its temporary deposit: all is in a clear record.'' This statement implies that every stage of human creation and life cycle would become a rival material of destiny and destination importance starting from the gestation period, child-rearing, and natural nurturing of the cradle/adolescence stage to the ultimate period of adulthood. Ecclesiastes 5: 18-20 in the Holy Bible states ''Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
19Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him the power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
20For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.''
For these verses, one must realize that the dignity of labor is divine, and through it only can God give a man the necessary tranquility of the mind.
Living beyond one's means is an invitation to chaos! We must all realize, according to the Holy Quran 13: 26 that ''Allah doth enlarge or grant by strict measure the Sustenance which He giveth to whom He pleaseth.......''
Avoid pursuing your goals through blatant impunity.
Let us enjoy the toil and the fruits of our labor through the due process of the fear of God in our daily activities.
There are three major sources of inspiration which generally we confuse to be the same.
Religious adherents believe in the supreme being, rather than through intermediaries to the almighty God.
Adherents, therefore, believe in their creator for divine guidance and direction.
The Holy Bible, Deuteronomy 6: 4-6, Mark 12: 29-30, and the Holy Quran 16: 51-52 declare God as authoritative and unquestionable with whom believers must not associate with any idols god or goddess, so as not to threaten His oneness in our beliefs.
Divine intervention has a universal concept on the issue of creation, sustenance, death, and resurrection of every human.
Conditionally, therefore, at micro and macro, finite and infinite dimensions of existence on earth and other members of the galaxies, divine intervention is a necessity to keep the peace regarded as intra, for the tranquility of the mind and inter for an interpersonal relationship of sociological importance.
Worshipping God fervently is not negotiable if an individual or a nation wants their activities to be divinely controlled and regulated.
The historical record of the Israelis is a classical example of how we can appreciate the meaning of divine intervention and the consequences associated with deviation from the stipulated righteous path laid down by God.
The Israelites were fortified against their enemies when they were on the right path of righteousness, but they were sold out to their enemies when they resorted to idol worship.
Another example is that of Elijah, who was highly fortified by God against King Ahab and Jezebel his wife as well as the false prophets of Baal. He singlehandedly with all authority declared that there would be no rain for three years and it was so.
In the same vein, the war of Badru with 313 inexperienced men win the war against 1,000 well-trained horsemen employed by the enemies to crush Islam under the Hooly Prophet Muhammad, although they nearly lost. When they went for the war of Uhud, in confrontation with supposedly poor enemies acts of deceit, apostasy, and disloyalty to the Prophet were prominent.
When nations, therefore, do things accordingly, they are better off in the achievement of peace and development, even though they may not profess God, God loves those who are orderly and living without cheating on others. This observation brings us to the fact that the degree of religiosity to measure the seriousness of the people on the issue of God and Godliness is never rated through population density or the number of houses of God but by the number of adherents who are scripture compliant.
Nations that profess religion without their people been scripture compliant will continue to be bereft of divine intervention because we cannot deceive God, Who believes in quality, standard, and merit.
In conclusion, divine intervention is God's interference or decisive role to correct a bad or worrisome situation. Spiritual security is what we need most to resolve all conflicts.
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To be happy adherents, must follow all the essentials revolving around religion and morality.
A Godly life could be equated to doing things according to the moral standard of every society which at a universal level could be translated to been scripture compliant.
The Holy Bible Ecclesiastes 2: 22-26 explains it all, ''22For what hath man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath labored under the sun?
23For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
24There is zip better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God
25For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
26For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.''
We should shun things that impoverish the body and soul.
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This is purely the essence of attending religious houses to respect the authority of the almighty Allah for our just worship.
The Holy Quran 13: 28-29 refers, '' Those who believe and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without that in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction. For those who believe and walk righteousness, is every blessedness and beautiful place of final return.''
Let us also ponder on the '' Holy Quran 55: 26-29, ''All that is on earth will perish: but will abide forever that face thy Lord,-full of majesty, bounty, and honor. Then which of the favors of your Lord will ye deny? Of Him seeks its need, every creature in the heavens and on earth: every day a new splendor doth shine !
Let us pursue the cause of a Godly life for our happiness to know no bounds.
Parental responsibility is in good child-rearing nature nurturing of the youth in their adolescent stage of life as well as all-encompassing empowerment for the young adults in been well educated into professional achievement and happy marriage.
However, the Holy Bible is specific in Proverbs 31 : 3-5, ''3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.''
In the same vein, parental responsibility in showing role model virtue for children to be rightly empowered into good citizenry-social and spiritual.
The Holy Quran 31: 17-19 is a good point of reference for a universal guide.
''O my son! Establish regular prayer, enjoy what is just and forbid what is wrong: And bear with patient constancy whatever betide thee; for this is the firmness of purpose in the conduct of affairs and swells not thy cheek for pride at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth: For Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster and be moderate in thy pace and lower thy voice, for the harshest of sands, without doubt, is the gain of the ass.''
The behavioral aspects of our lives, with body language inclusive, must not comply with the quality standard of the culture in which we are born and live, it must equally be in alignment and conformity with our chosen religious creed. The overall goal is for the child to develop into a reliable and dependable status of maturity, hence, the Holy Bible Proverbs 31: 8-9 includes as part of the responsibility as parents the following wise sayings which we must work on to live a fulfilled life.
''8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy.''
Let us remember that the man would die in that person who keeps mute in the face of tyranny. Several rulers in the world play Nero the Emperor who ruled during his time through oppressive means to impoverish the land and the people while using the resources of the land to build personal castles around himself with blatant impunity.
Only children who are thoroughly bred and well reared can play significant roles in the scheme of community service and nation-building. Let this be the challenge and focus on which we need to walk the talk.
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The word respect is an attribute that usually manifests in mankind and animals as an attitudinal outburst that has direct bearing with humility.
Between man and God, obedience to the rule of law as dictated by the almighty is a perfect condition under which man's prayer request can be granted. This implies that respect is better appreciated by a superior person when his will is followed.
In all spheres of human endeavor, respect is a common denomination through which we can realize cordial interpersonal relationships which by extension would lead to the realization of one's desire and the creation of peace for the environment to be conducive for all in our day to day activities.
A child carries out the will of its parents to attract their love and readiness to carry out their responsibilities on such children without looking back.
In the traditional setting, age is regarded as topmost for parents and the elderly ones including siblings.
When this is violated, a situation of bad blood is created to generate hatred.
In other of our lifestyles, respect is either commanded or forced through such privileges of wealth, influence, and affluence that make one become a star or superstar or personality worthy of focus in the society.
Respect for the positions of influence such as that of the Kings, parents, Chiefs, and business persons is established naturally when the environment of ethical revolution or practices is identified in such a person's struggle or rising profile to stardom.
Hard work, self-esteem, and other attributes of good conduct always attract respect.
However, when the end cannot justify the means such as in the case of politics with deceit, wealth through foul play, positions of influence through diabolical means, certification through fraudulent means, respect is easily lost because the end must justify the means.
Today, several societies have lost the culture of commanding respect even from the people they serve because of the various diabolical ways through which they achieve their aims.
Rich people are taunted and despised and people are afraid of seeking help from them not to become a perishable material for ritual purposes.
This occurs mainly in such societies where the dignity of labor is lost and acclaimed successes are achieved and recorded through smart practices that lack merit. In this circumstance, armed robbers, ritualists, and other categories of criminals may become Obas, Obis, or Emirs and will be surrounded by charlatans who will be installed and paraded as Chiefs with an overwhelming power of control over the wealth and resources of the society.
Such personalities may be hailed by the people who would ever believe that the material wealth of the personalities is being forced on them, not necessarily as the right choice for the positions they occupy. Proverbially, the Yorubas will say that the world would continue to be in disarray when the elders are not given the accorded respect.
Parents do serve their children, teachers serve their pupils and students to give them the fundamentals of life so that in return after becoming senior citizens, the children when they grow up, would be able to take over the reins of power as regards parenting, teaching, and governance.
For every responsible parent to now have a bequeathable legacy, the children and the youth must learn correctly, to imbibe the value of respect for siblings, peer group, identified and distinguished talents, elders, and constituted authority.
We must not forget that the beauty of teaching and learning lies in our products having respect for all the above mentioned.
Let us all learn to respect ourselves by doing things accordingly based on due process and let us respect the views of others and the talents in them including age and other worthy values for us to be able to create a well-ordered society with accelerated development that is free of corruption to be able to enjoin and promote a bequeathable legacy. Respect and acknowledge others.
In the teaching and learning cycle of education-formal, informal, and non-formal. A teacher's capacity for capability is sacrosanct to the learner's readiness to be rightly taught.
Informal and formal settings are usually driven through the authority's wealth of experience only.Transfer Money with Wise
The danger in this lies in the challenge of attitudinal character which if it is fraught with some elements of arrogance and hidden senes of inferiority that may directly or indirectly affect negatively the service delivery.
This is why we demand that for good parenting, character regulation and adjustment calling for body preservation from crimes as well as soul purification from devilish thought processes must be imbibed as a culture for the parents to be able to effectively deliver in the cause of child-rearing and natural nurturing of the adolescence for non-formal education, apprenticeship will always need, after graduation, proficiency lessons for all artisans in the ever dynamic trend of the world on education and professionalism for ease of attaining best global practices and global market competitiveness, despite the curriculum available in the form of the Scriptures of religious systems, the challenges of poor parenting and poor professional practices by the artisan, respectively still persists in the leadership problem of most religious leaders.
For example, analyses in the Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 12: 11-12, ''11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.''
in the same vein, the Holy Quran shows us the way to teach and the way to learn correctly.
The Holy Quran 16: 123, refers, '' Invite all to the Way of the Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. For the Lord knowest best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.''
Our teaching methodology to reform people must, therefore, be all-encompassing through a positive mindset approach.
There must, therefore, be a teacher/learner synergy with provisions for interactive sessions for both to be equally challenged for the purpose of advancing the cause of improvement.
The Holy Quran states that our Lord, the almighty Allah taught humans the use of the pen and inspires a man to know that which he knew not before.
The factor of God, in imparting knowledge must not, therefore, be trivialized with all humanity and less hypocrisy.
Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 explains the mysteries behind educational impartation. ''Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.''
In the same manner, the Holy Quran warns seriously every mortal to take the Scripture with all seriousness by implementing the provisions and contents, therein, to regulate individual activities and general human affairs.
The Holy Quran 13: 10-11 refers, ''It is the same to Him whether any of you conceal His speech or declare it openly: Whether he perpetrates evil using the cover of the night or walk forth freely by day for each such person, there are angels in succession before and behind him, they guard him by command of Allah......... just to assess and evaluate him on the compliance level of the Scripture he or she upholds''.
Much as most of us are living in a highly bastardized and filthy environment, people of God must not get involved to further degenerate the situation but follow the footsteps of the wise only.
Take heed to adjust in order to enable knowledge to pride you into a virtuous position of the wise.
The design of God on the creation of all living things is that of the gestation period, the period of childhood, the prime age of marriage and career, as well as that of the period of ultimate weakness, when the two legs may become feeble to need another support aided by the hands.
In the period of discipline, integrity, when neighbors matter to everybody usually manifested through sincere caring and sharing, driving our social interactions, the environment was conducive for man to enjoy the longevity of age assisted by a high index of wellness.
However, today, the environment is fraught with fraud with an attendant increase in the number of predators that daily threaten human existence due to our sins and rot that dare all senses of regulation and control. Transfer Money with Wise
It is, therefore, appropriate, this time around to ponder well on the signs of the evening times.
The Holy Quran 22:1-3 refers, ''O mankind fear your Lord for the convulsion of the hour of judgment will be a thing terrible.
The Day ye shall see it, every mother giving suck shall forget her suckling baby, and every pregnant female shall drop her load unformed(miscarriage): Thous shalt see mankind as in a drunken riot yet not drunk. : but dreadful will be the Chastisement of Allah and yet among men, there are such as dispute about Allah, without knowledge, and follow every Satan obstinate in rebellion! (misleading them).''
Is this not the basis of why we have many people dying at unripe ages?
Suffice it now to say that we serve God to receive His light to be able to have immunity against all forms of predators. For every man's successful voyage in life, obstacles must be overcome through the grace of an ever-enduring divine power otherwise predators may terminate the blossoming life with the deadly blow that goes beyond mere thunderstrike.
It is, therefore, imperative that we bear in mind that everybody is bound to taste death as its ultimate end on earth.
Moreso, when nobody knows the second and the hour when the eyes will close without opening again.
Remember that every eye with the milk of kindness and passion does shed tears when their loved ones die.
This is why they warn us that where a blossoming tree falls, a dried one may still stand on its feet implying that every one of us must always prepare as mortals for any eventuality.
Ecclesiastes 12:6-8,'' 6Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel is broken at the cistern.
7Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.''
In the same vein, the Holy Quran 30: 55-57 refers, '' On the day that the hour of reckoning would be established, the transgressors will swear that they tarried not but an hour: thus were they used to be deluded!
But those endowed with knowledge and faith will say: indeed he did tarry within Allah decree to the day of resurrection, and this is the day of resurrection: but ye -ye did not know!
So on that Day, no excuse of theirs will avail the transgressors, nor will they be allowed to make amends.''
All successful Holy Prophets in the Scriptures humble themselves to fear God by been Scripture compliant without been unnecessarily rhetorical.
They believe in the last day and walk the talk of self-esteem, good work ethics, and interpersonal relationship.
Above all, they offered just worship devoid of unbelief and hypocrisy. Let us from today, follow their good examples, while alive.
Self-esteem is an intrinsic worth of values usually demanded by society from every individual because it is fundamental to the culture of integrity which can promote such other values like morality, discipline, and the ability to control anger, to prevent bad blood and the possible breakdown of law and order that may undermine growth and development.
In every sphere of life, where socialization processes are demanded, self-esteem is always found to be Germaine for interpersonal relationships to be productive and symbiotic to aid good team spirit for social services for all agents of socialization to have a breakthrough for a perfect functionality of the system where peace and development are highly essential.
From the perspective of the home, the primary source of self-esteem has to do with the hereditary factor. Transfer money with Wise
This is why every growing youth must undergo appropriate natural nurturing towards having respect for the culture of integrity.
It is equally of great importance that the process of child-rearing must be very much concerned about the child custody environment.
This is because even when the parents can role model virtues, the environment under which a child is been reared must be taken into account so as not to have a negative effect on the innocent child, most especially at a stage of keeping peer group.
however, a careless parent, who is wayward, may find it difficult even to teach morals, not to talk of instilling self-esteem into the child's ego-building.
Self-esteem manifestation may have the double edge of a sword, the extrinsic worth easily manifests well on the body languages of the boy/man or girl/woman which easily makes those in the society form an opinion about him or her: arrogant, pompous, sluggish, scary, scornful, sickly, dull, bright, etc.
The intrinsic worth is usually exhibited for the society to form opinions such as intolerance, thoughtful, spontaneous, patient, perseverance among others. All these components of behavioral characteristics can be classified as negative or positive, as they vary in degrees in the ranking order of disposition measurement that guides people to form opinions about one's personality traits.
There is no art in which one can know the mind's construction on the face except through the gift of clairvoyance or divine attributes.
It is, therefore, very easy for people to misconstrue intentions. Therefore, there is a need for every human to imbibe a positive mindset in the way they appear or behave for people not to misconstrue their perceived actions.
Parents are, therefore, advised not to be bullies in the home and they must have listening ears.
the culture of self-esteem complimented with a good upbringing enables an individual to succeed where others are failing.
Self-esteem always ensures that leaders enjoy the cooperation of their followers because where transparency is the order of the day people's loyalty and trust are naturally enjoyed.
The Executive Secretary of the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria(MUSWEN) Prof. Yahyah Muslih has taken a swipe at those who teach children things beyond their intelligence.
Prof. Muslih gave this condemnation recently at an event organized by the Peacemakers Guide, Nigeria in collaboration with Shafaudeen Center for Religious Cooperation and Tolerance(SCRCT) to commemorate the 20121 United Nations Women's day of Peace and Disarmament in Ibadan, Nigeria.
''What do we see in the world today? Our children, these days, are taught what they should not know, what is beyond their intelligence. We are in this world to live and worship God and not to bring an end to life. Each individual has a role to play to create a situation where we need less and less of arms and ammunition'', he noted.
The program was Chaired by the immediate past Executive Chairman of MUSWEN, Prof. Dawud Noibi, also featured the inauguration of the Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, his wife, and other members as the Chairman, Chairperson and members of the Board of Trustees of the Guide.
Prof. Noibi, in his remarks, acknowledged the fact that in all parts of the world, women have been the victims of violence rather than the troublemakers
Similarly, the Director-General of the Guide, Prof. Adegbolagun George asserted that gender discrimination among women had over time resulted in gender violence, adding '' when women are involved in diplomacy and governance the world becomes more peaceful''.
The immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees is Emeritus Archbishop, Methodist Church, Nigeria, Most Revd. Ayo Ladigbolu.
Saturday, May 8th
The harvesting season for Muslim adherents is expected to make us realize the need to become instruments of change, whose activities will be accepted as an act of Ibaadah under the following conditions stipulated by the Holy Quran 22: 35, '' Humility par excellence with pure hearts driven by the fear of God, the almighty Allah, we must show patient perseverance over any affliction that may come our way without shifting the blame on any mortal and without derailing from the true path of righteousness: Al Islam.
We must keep up regular prayer and spend without adulteration or idolatry. We must equally spend on charity out of what God has bestowed us''.
It is only such people that can receive the grace of God as the dividend of the Ramadan fast. Ramadan Kareem.
Sunday, May 9th
Let us be reminded that the period of retreat or Itikaf must move us close to God, the almighty Allah, without being distracted by the mundane things of life. Equally, be reminded that this is a harvesting period where wishes are converted into prayers, as expressed in the Holy Quran 2: 186,''When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close to them. I respond to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me. That they may walk the right way.''
Let us be Muslim adherents who communicate and consult with God with the preference of a perfect God/man relationship; rather than being a reject in Islam. Ramadan Mubarak.
Monday, May 10th
Be reminded of the need to search for the favor of God in the glorious night of Laelatul Quadri regarded as the night of power that is better than a thousand months, when therein come down the angels and the spirits by Allah's permission on every errand, to bring onto the sincere adherents tranquility of the mind and peace on the environment. The Holy Quran 97 refers. Ramadan Mubarak.
Tuesday, May 11th
Be reminded of the command of the almighty Allah on the need to be philanthropic, steeping us up through Jaka or Zakat ul Fitri on the day declared as the end of the Ramadan fast. Let us be prepared for it by taking care of the whole household by contributing to the wellness of the less privileged ones. For the almighty Allah declares in the Holy Quran 92: 5-7, ''So he who gives in charity and fears Allah and in all sincerity testifies to the best, we will indeed make smooth the path to Ease.''
Avoid being selfish and arrogant in daring God for He gives us another challenge in Quran 92: 8-13, ''But he who is greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient and gives the lie to the Best, you will indeed make smooth the Path to Mystery nor will his wealth profit him when verily We take Upon us to guide and verily onto us belongs the ned and the beginning.'' Ramadan Mubarak.
Wednesday, May 12th
Look around to appreciate the favor of God the almighty Allah on you for been alive to begin and witness the end of the Ramadan fast for this year. We have all made wishes for God's positive disposition to make it real. The essence of Eid El Fitri, therefore, is to thank God through His much cherished affirmative on walking the talk of our beliefs and the lesson learned within the 29 or 30 days of our abstinence from sins, crimes, and devilish thought processes, be rightly guided through the provisions of the Holy Quran 61: 2-3, '' Oh ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not. Grievously hateful is it in the sight of Allah, that ye say that which ye do not.''
Let us all buy into the provision of the Holy Quran 61: 4 as born-again Muslims. ''Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in battle array as if they were a solid cemented structure.''
Let us all become change agents for Ramadan reformation on us to be able to transform our national treasures into a beneficial inclusive society. Ramadan Mubarak.
Every human being needs to realize that all nations or societies are created by God the almighty Allah with the specific purpose of worshipping Him. (Holy Quran 51: 56).
The consciousness of every human being to realize and observe this accordingly is the import of the Ramadan fast exercise in this sacred month.
Every nation or society is constituted by God the almighty Allah.
This is to be cultivated and managed by humans for our right habitation.
The need for divine intervention to make the work easy and orderly is through our realization of how best to worship Him for a perfect God/man relationship. The Ramadan fast is, therefore, meant for human spiritual rejuvenation, if rightly observed with the fear of God. (Holy Quran 2:21). Ramadan Kareem.
The clarion call of the almighty Allah for every human to get closer to Him to enjoy the benefit of life on earth with a great reward of Janat or paradise is yet to be heeded by many. The Ramadan exercise offers us the opportunity to do things according to the wish of God and to realize a safe sojourn on earth and the blessings of the hereafter.
Ensure you imbibe the lessons from various Sermons, Lectures, and Tafsir for the right guidance. (Holy Quran 2: 201-202). Ramadan Kareem.
Be reminded of the fact that Ramadan fast is made compulsory for the living ones who are Muslims just like education is compulsory for all to be wholesome in decision making and taking. Ramadan fast should be for 29 or 30 days, according to the injunctions of God for the training exercises in getting closer to God to be through. Be reasonable, therefore, not to abuse the privileges and the opportunities of been alive. (Holy Quran 3: 102). Ramadan Kareem.
The whole world is in a state of turmoil, longing to recapture the lost peace among its people. For example, insecurity is the order of the day as the greatest challenge of Nigerians. Let us all embrace the opportunity to gain the mercy of the first 10 days of the Ramadan fast, to be able to use the potential power of the fast for every heart to be touched by God into the keeping of good neighborliness, whereby love replaces hatred. Ramadan Kareem.
The design of God about creation in all spheres-celestial, terrestrial and subterranean is based on a hierarchical order. This is the basis upon which leadership and followership essence is built for system orderliness to be maintained and sustained.
However, among human beings, several factors define the due process for the realization.
Age differences within and outside the home is the primary determining factor whereby respect is naturally commanded by the elderly ones by their younger ones. This style of respect allows the elderly ones to give instructions to the younger ones to carry out certain assignments for them.
In this case, the elderly ones must pay the price for being socially responsible to the younger ones, if the line of respect manifesting in the form of obedience is to be maintained or sustained.
The husband will continue to be obeyed by his wife, primarily because of the age difference and the responsibilities of protecting and making provisions for the home.
Among the siblings, the age factor plays a crucial role in maintaining the order of obedience with the characteristic normal line of downflow current of command and upward flow charges of obedience.
Obedience, therefore, has a divine base that starts with God, the creator, demanding mankind and other creatures to swim in the ocean of obedience to His divine command.
This is, generally, followed in all systems of human administration whereby all subordinates are expected to carry out the command of instructions from their bosses or leaders.
Using the perspective of culture, the line of rulership usually follows the hierarchical order of the chiefs been respect by the people while the traditional rulers usually live by the laws of the land for the chiefs and the people to be in obeisance to his instructions.
Where the line of administration meets with the natural challenges of heterogeneous group components, the system order is always under the threat of disruptions to peaceful co-existence.
This is why all leaders must be well empowered with the paraphernalia of authority through the right capacity and capability building. to be able to weather the storm of possible rebellious acts from any of the chiefs or people of the underworld, who may hide under the guise of fighting for their rights.
There is, therefore, the need fr anybody aspiring to ascend to power or positions of authority to follow the path of due process to be able to use power wisely and enjoy the support of the subordinates.
In any organization or association, there are three major types of challenges for the leader.
Firstly, the leader must be able to identify the nature and the type of people under his leadership.
The prime movers, who easily identify with the policies of the leader to walk the talk must not be taken for granted, but with timely attention given the necessary motivation.
The second group may become a liability because of their lackadaisical attitude which may become a special hindrance factor to the system development because of their attitude of inactivity and passivity.
This is why the train the trainers' programs are usually needed periodically when such people are noticed in the system for them to be upgraded so that the fold of the prime movers is increased by better and manageable elements.
The third group is always very few, but usually catalytic to a destructive ned to the system, if not timely identified and rightly cultured through the leaders' sense of maturity and wisdom to resolve conflicts and manage a crisis.
Suffice it now to say that obedience, from working partners and subordinates, usually moves forward because of advancement to the organization for the aims and objectives including the vision of the leader to be easily accomplished.
When obedience is lacking there would be voices of dissent which would retard the growth of the organization even to a destructive end, if not timely and rightly checked.
Obedience is, therefore a divine substance that is freely given out when leaders can respect the fundamental human rights of the people to have access to any of the good things of life.
For example, when governance does not meet the wellness standard of the people through food insecurity, the issue of general insecurity could be likened to the response to the harshness of the time, in terms of poor governance that cannot meet with the expectation of the people's needs, disobedience to social order and the general rules of law snowballing into various crisis is, therefore, best treated and managed through doing the needful by the people in positions of authority.
Security and law enforcement agents become beasts of burden that are usually overtasked in maintaining law and order in the land when the leaders fail to do the needful on the survival need of the people.
In our various places of work, charges of insubordination may arise when the official duties are not carried out accordingly and without the show of remorse to make amends and it may lead to various unpleasant sanctions or disciplinary actions.
Obedience, therefore, is a function of self-respect, right performance, and a conducive environment for individual operations which are expected to be within the confines or ambits of the law.
Leaders across the board must, therefore, operate on the axis of justice and equity to be able to effect an environment of peace and development to avoid a state of disobedience from the people because it is only in an environment of peace, safe and secured, that we can realize prosperity and development for natural calmness to trigger obedience.
Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria
A nation built on the platform of honesty could be likened to a house built on rocky ground, like the Yoruba proverb will say that we must not build our houses using saliva not to experience immediate or untimely collapse. To the professionals in the construction industry, this may transform into the necessity to build, starting from bidding, selection of materials based on quality and standard, and the use of a due process in transactions as well as material purchase.
Where there is an element of dishonesty, cases of delivering poor jobs that may not last the test of time may result at the end of the exercise.
Honesty is emphasized in the scriptures to be realizable when understanding of faith is met with the sincerity of purpose in worship in an environment of love.
In the absence of honesty, a good character would be defrauded into frivolous acts and waywardness thereby missing the goal of the uprightness of character.
Unfortunately, the goal of democracy is to produce people who will be able to manage the justice system through incorruptible Judges and would be able to stand firm against all odds to be able to produce deterrence which will always be a reference point that would effectively checkmate others from going into sins and criminalities.
The Legislative arm is expected to be populated by people of impeccable character with full passion for the people they want to serve by understanding their areas of need that can be regulated and recommended as a template for the government to act upon through sincere and statistically based policies.
The Executive on their part is supposed to be constituted by people who are honestly reliable with a good track record.
The electoral body is equally expected to be constituted by people of integrity with a firmness of purpose without any inkling of compromise in going about the business of electing leaders. The million-dollar question is on how far we have been able to have in place the right people in the right places for us to be able to promote the culture of honesty in realizing the goal of democracy.
Our inability, to be honest, has led us, as if to legalize illegitimacy, into various attitudinal challenges that are rubbishing the essence and the relevance of our culture been managed by traditional rulers, religious houses, and the education sector. This lack is responsible for the dysfunctional state of our Ministries, Parastatals, Departments, and Agencies, in which corruption has eaten deep to the extent of decay, for our democracy to fail in delivering peace and sustainable development, hence the chaotic situation of insecurity, destroying people and their property.
For every office that is sensitive and that has a direct bearing on the lives of the people, elected or appointed leaders are always made to swear on oath, but this has not brought about the desired results.
Teaching and learning dominate the entire lives of the people for them to be able to do things right without cheating on others or defrauding the state because they are honest.
The promotion of honesty is, therefore, sacrosanct to realizing the behavioral objectives of democracy into prosperity, a safe and secured environment with the air of love devoid of any form of discrimination for peace to reign supreme and sustainable development to be realized through the concept of justice and equity.
Honesty is equally #a bedrock of gaining salvation through the correct spiritual life of every man.
Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria
- By solomon2day
- On 13/03/2021
The word hope is highly significant in human activities, most especially when one considers the fundamental statement that man proposes and only God disposes of. Human propositions are an ideal concept of wishful thinking that is always positive due to the self-desire of man.
Most often religious people irrespective of the denominations or sects, traditional or alien, do claim to supplicate onto their creator for their wishful proposals to be transformed into visible results.
F or example, in our physiological needs, man is bound to put up efforts to realize food for nutrition and good health condition even if he has raw food at hand, he has to put up efforts to cook the food into edible form, within that time lag the factor of hope fill the vacuum because if after finishing the preparations and the unexpected happens during the cooked food into something else, for that moment such a person's hope would be dashed.
Generally, we all propose to have good clothes that will meet up the challenges of climate variations. One may find out that the type of clothes one may have maybe for only a climate condition-summer, winter, rain, and dry season with the possible unpleasant effect of cold or heat.
The clothes at hand may not even be adaptable to the new climate condition hence the hope of having other ones that may suit the new climate condition, becomes a matter of hope on where to get money and where to buy the clothes to suit the emerging effect of the climate changes.
In our growth profile and development, the need for shelter-hired or purchased or to be enjoyed under the benevolence of others like the parents' provision of a safe and secured environment for their children.
Even in colleges with boarding facilities, the type of people one would be living with that would suit our nature of introvert or extrovert becomes an issue of hope when the distribution list is badly been expected by the students.
The word hope is inalienable to man and it can be regarded as an inexhaustible value of the immeasurable elastic limit. This is because of the nature of man regarding his curiosity and the status of his insatiability for comfort to come by.
In the general arena of human habitation., the wish to have companions whose general behavioral characteristics would be compatible with what one has for the purpose of enjoying peaceful co-existence in order that there is good teamwork spirit for ease of achieving personal desires because achievement is time-bound, the fear of success or failure even when preparation seem to be adequate is always very high with notes anxieties. For example, 10 people are expected to be recruited in an establishment, but more than a hundred people have applied, the fear may be less with high hopes for those who must have been very well prepared with assurances of competence, good human and working relations, the high coping capacity to situations with adjustable ability to adapt.
However, no matter how brilliant one may be the hope would still be subjected to some test of fear entertainment. This is because the establishment may not use the merit standard except the hidden policy of using how well connected the interviewee is.
Is this not the situation with us in Africa, where poverty and hunger have subjugated many brilliant chaps into the labor market that are daily rendering certificate quality into poor second. It is under this situation that some cynics become skeptical about the true intentions of many establishments calling for establishments.
Fundamentally, three things are Germaine for humanity, purposive existence: the environment, the people of the society as well as the economic activities for the goal of sustainable development and peace to be achieved to take care of the wellness of the people and prosperity of the nation to be viable with a high degree of human development index.
Where things work accordingly, strong nations emerge with people's hopes always rising with certainty.
The loss of hope will ever lead to a poor justice system and a high level of insecurity because the development cannot be sustained for the peace of the environment to be threatened.
A state of hopelessness resulting, in this case, will defy all theories of conflict resolution because the apparatus of gangsterism, in terms of illegal acquisition of weapons of destruction would be easily purchased by the wealthy ones for political thugs in whose hands these weapons would remain even after the conduct of elections.
The marginalization of the people, denying them access to the good things of life would ever trigger anger to disturb the thought processes into vengeance. If sustainable development through the equity principle of the environment and the economy, viability concept of the society and the economy, and the feasibility assurance of the environment and the society, the issue of the right justice system and peace would have been addressed. Raising the hopes of the people is sacrosanct to achieving good governance because hopelessness is an invitation to insecurity which usually characterizes every bad government.
The religious sector can only manage aright the hope of the people for a better tomorrow through a high degree of responsiveness of the government to the people's social needs.
In this wise, the spiritual poverty of the people would have been equally uplifted for adherents to be rejuvenated for right service delivery while been challenged by the demands of their offices.
The government must keep the hopes of the people alive by motivating them at work and through the provision of basic amenities and functional infrastructure for the physiological needs to be met by all.
Then after predictably, everybody will be able, putting their creator first, to project into the future with ease of accomplishment.
Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria
Human activities in our endeavor to live without starvation, keep a safe and secured environment and maintain cleanliness and sound health are always propelled into our seeking for jobs or creating jobs with a conducive environment for ease of achieving in the areas of production processes.
Fortunately, every project to be executed will always demand a test of skill as inherent in every individual. This must be developed to realize maximally good inputs and outputs through cooperative attitude and good teamwork spirit because every project will demand various skills from developed talents for ease of job completion.
A project would demand various expertise to collectively execute it.
Equally, project quality and standards are always demanded by the users who will not like to compromise in the market arena of local and global competitiveness.
Industries or companies, therefore, in their production processes will require for the best in the recruitment of workers, who they will expect to show competence, good work attitude disposition, and responsiveness in attending challenges of emerging situations to be able to break even in their cost-benefit analysis and consciousness.
Work ethics, therefore, will demand that all workers be assessed through SMART analysis by giving out specific jobs that would be measurable and achievable for the set goal to be realistically done within specified time-bound.
The behavioral aspect of every worker, therefore, matters so much to the management in their evaluation of individual contributions to productivity, efficiency, and profitability.
The importance of been diligent at work, therefore, comes up for the workers' scoreboard not to be below the expectations of the company's or industry's goal target.
Lazy or unruly workers may face the threat of future retrenchment or situational layoff when the performances are rated over the periodical assessment of performances by the establishment.
Lazy workers are always associated with idle hours which usually may result in a loss for the company or establishment, such people are regarded as not been diligent.
Workers are expected to be careful, the way they go about their routine duties at work through been diligent always for them to be able to handle their projects and enterprises in the future, most especially after retirement or personal disengagement from government work or the private establishment.
Workers today, must always see themselves as learners on the job by been conscious or been amenable to supervision or monitoring by their superiors whose powers of recommendation can influence management decisions and determine their future endeavors.
Diligence, is, therefore, a work habit that will always attract others to call us to repeat the feat elsewhere for a greater reward.
Diligence has a direct bearing on job satisfaction to attract management motivation for robust certification as a reward for a good job well done.
In the Curriculum vitae or Resume of the diligent worker, the sky is not only the limit for a greater height but universal patronage in the world of competitiveness and global best practices.
Diligent people stand before Kings and interact with successful people in life, but they need to be very painstaking to cross the hurdles of life which are necessary to be used as tools for one's reinforcement and acquisition of higher skills. Be culturally diligent, be able to stoop to conquer the whole world as symbols of success in our voyage of life to make ends meet.
Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria
Truth avails the nation the opportunity to grow and develop while falsehood drives the people into madness and wretchedness to force the nation to heads towards the precipice.
Religion stands in teaching and enforcing truth to the people in order that they eschew all forms of falsehood to be able to uphold the culture of the sincerity of purpose. The failure of people to live exemplary lifestyles may be negatively infectious to other people who are yet to be taught from the houses of God, on the essentials of upholding the truth to offer just worship in their different religions.
A good reference is in Matthew 5: 43-48,''43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.''
In the same vein, the almighty Allah confirms the statement to the last letter. The creation of heaven and earth was based on truth.
The Holy Quran 29: 44 asserts, ''Allah created the heavens and the earth in truth: verily in that is a sign for those who believe.''
The almighty God expects all interpersonal relationships and transactions among mankind to be based on the sincerity of purpose amidst the culture of truth.
Only in truth, we can realize good governance, a virile and prosperous nation, zero tolerance to indiscipline and corruption for sustainable wellness of the people, and a hitch-free development in an environment that is safe and secured with peaceful co-existence.
The Holy Quran therefore, expects all Muslims to be the vanguard of truth for them to be good exemplars to people from other faiths such as the Jews, the Christians, and the Serbians, and any who believe in Allah or God and the last day and work righteousness with the non-discriminatory promise of a reward from their creator that they will live with all authority from their Lord of a life without fear or grief as expressly narrated in the Holy Quran 2: 62. From this set of people, we expect people from other faiths to learn and imbibe the culture of truth and non-injurious lifestyles to others, that is, keeping of good neighborliness.
In the holy Quran 2: 42, it is clearly stated and admonished for all like the people of Nigeria for example, and other nations that are struggling to live by the truth for professional ethics to be the basis of the fabric upon which the mainframe of all institutions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the government are to be built, in order to be progressive rather than retrogressive.
''And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know what it is.''
The admonition, therefore, continues in the Holy Quran 2: 43-44 which if we can heed will solve our problems of insecurity and underdevelopment. ''And be steadfast in prayer: Give Zakat and bow down your heads with those who bow down in worship(live in humanity). The admonition now continues that we must all query our behavior and question our psyche on the level of heeding the admonition and why things go wrong with our nation. ''Do ye enjoy right conduct of the people and forget to practice it yourselves, and yet ye study the Scriptures?
Will ye not understand.''
All religious leaders need to examine their roles on the issue of been Scripture compliant and being answerable to God on making functional the religious system they uphold to be beneficial to community service and nation-building.
The Holy Quran 2: 119 is for our critical guide, ''Verily we have sent thee in truth as a bearer of glad tidings and a warner: But of thee, no question be asked of the companions of the blazing fire.''
Let us all take heed to be the vanguard of truth.
Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria
Self-centeredness ensures that political office holders are observed in their own affairs to the extent of losing communication with the people.
The failure to communicate with the people brings forth challenges in governance, while the desperate bid to protect self-driven interests could pave the way for different forms of insecurity.
In this interview, the Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam of Shafauden-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke opines that the self-centered nature of elected leaders is the major problem of underdeveloped nations, such as Nigeria.
Self-driven interests are now the major considerations in governance. Why is this so?
Self-centeredness falls into the lowest region of ego-building whereby a child up to the peak of its impressionable age will ever believe that every good thing must belong to him or her including his father's vehicle.
This is an Id region of human growth in which things are desired by mankind without considering the implications and consequences. They may even fight to possess what does not necessarily belong to them when found in the care of other people including their colleagues and parents.
Education is, therefore, expected for any individual to outgrow this region. When they are supposed to be regarded as been matured even though they are just entering the adolescent to puberty stage of their lives.
The exhibition of Id characteristics at this stage will attract a reaction from the society towards suspecting a psychological imbalance in such a person.
The adduced reason may be as a result of been overdependent on parents or guardians for their livelihood and upkeep.
In an unfortunate situation, it may be as a result of inherited traits from parents, such traits include stinginess.
Self-centeredness built into the ego region of any person will not only affect his or her expected contribution to society but equally affects negatively his or her relationship with others including his or her family members who are expected to be taken care of by him or her.
People with ego-based issues will find it difficult to uphold the concept of philanthropy in society for anybody including their kinsmen.
His or her expected age and opportunity of acquired wealth will cause such an individual a set-back and result in not reaching the super-ego region of life.
Such people, when given the opportunity to serve in sensitive positions of power, will easily develop the veins of Timocracy, whereby the individual would not see the essence of been in such positions of power for service, but more as an opportunity for business as usual and treasury looting. This is why the Yorubas believe that any individual acquiring wealth, illegally, to build an empire at the expense of his or her wellness, would eventually forfeit such wealth to other people after passing on to glory.
My belief is that the Scriptures also uphold this Yoruba philosophy.
The Yorubas equally teach us in their Proverbs that an elderly person who refuses to give out, most especially to the ladies and the younger ones, will not be noticed when such an individual is with tangible things on his head from the market place.
The life of charity is recommended for humankind to take care of the need of the world because the grasses are made for the purpose of the survival of the grasscutters.
The major problems of nations classified as underdeveloped or developing like Nigeria are not a result of a lack of natural resources -human and material-but because of the self-centered nature of their chosen leaders at all levels of governance.
It is rather unfortunate for any nation to have such a crop of people at the helm of affairs because under them kleptocracy would be the voice of their democracy, while the voters and the masses would reap the dividends of poverty because of the selfish nature of their leaders. A critical look into the reasons why several African nations suffer in the midst of plenty could be appreciated through the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs vis-a-vis, psychological needs, ensure safety and security needs, social needs of the people, self-esteem into the culture of integrity and actualization realm.
Expectedly, to be able to meet up, the Government must be able to effectively and maximally achieve in the areas of the provision of basic amenities for the purpose of people's wellness as well as the solid establishment of functional infrastructure for people to be dynamically productive through innovations and creativity to be able to go into job creation by people, coupled with government intervention on the issue of employment.
If this is truly achieved there would not be any form of agitations and security threat and the goal of democratic norms based on justice and equity would have produced for people the expected peace and sustainable development.
This is the basis of comparison between the acclaimed developed world and the underdeveloped nations, Nigeria inclusive.
Furthermore, the animal called man grows from Id to the level of the super-ego, is expected to be rational in making policies and decisions that would be beneficial to others.
This is expected to reflect in the way we rear our children from their baby class to that of responsible adults.
Unfortunately, the degree of success rate is crystal clear at the peak of Maslow's hierarchy of need, that is actualization realm which dwells mostly on personal achievements which the ignorant society celebrate overwhelmingly without considering the impact of such achievements on others.
The in-built self-centeredness into the actualization realm manifests most when such people have the opportunity to be in positions of power.
Ego-centeredness characteristics then dominate his management and administrative dispensation.
Such people may end up being richer than the state or nation or the business empire they are saddled to manage in trust for the purpose of building the people they are meant to serve.
Sensitization, therefore, needs to be mounted against self-centeredness through Olagoke Attitudinal Hierarchy of Needs, whereby people should be made to realize at the entry point of having the opportunity of admission into the academics and recruitment into establishments, on the need to shun selfishness, indiscipline, and corruption, but focus on the goal of productivity, goodwill, and profit for the establishment and that their main concern should be service to the people without living above their means otherwise the promotion exercises would be meaningless.
The Olagoke Hierarchy of Attitudinal Needs professes that the actualization realm of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs must be the bae value for mentorship essence followed by ethical practices, role modeling role through exemplary lifestyles, altruistic philosophy to enhance the concept of charity and philanthropy among the people who are lucky to be rich to complement the efforts of the government in satisfying the yearnings of the people.
Above all, for true statesmanship to be achieved, experienced senior citizens must struggle to get into the class of total personality when the characteristic value of integrity, forgiveness, love, selfless service, and conflict resolution facilitated by wisdom would create the natural class of distinction for such an elderly person.
Under this condition, selfishness will pave way for the keeping of good neighborliness as well as the culture of philanthropy will emerge to sustain the people and their nation.