In this century peoples like Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, represent personalities that have great courage and determination to fight oppression. With full determination and courage, Nelson Mandela remained in Jail nearly twenty-seven years. He comes out of the jail to become the first black President of South Africa. The struggle of Nelson Mandela pays when apartheid system died in South Africa. After becoming the President of South Africa for some years, he resigned to let other peoples to lead South Africa .He struggled to end apartheid system and he did not struggled to gain power. When apartheid system ends in South Africa, Nelson Mandela decides to end his political career and becomes a commoner.
He did not struggle to gain power and to remain in power as long as he could clang to power but he struggled to end apartheid system. Nelson Mandela can choose to remain in power for more years as he is still healthy and strong but he decides not to do so and he gave the power to his subordinates. Now the world regards him as a great leader. Allah has given him the reward of his doing in this world. I hope the Muslims in South African will invite him to enter Islam.
Hazrat Abu Bakar may Allah be pleased with him accept power and becomes the first Caliph of Islam because he wanted the Muslims to unite as one body. When Muslims united, Hazrat Abu Bakar told Hazrat Umar that he wanted to step down from becoming the Caliph and he wanted to give the position to Hazrat Umar may Allah be pleased with him. Hazrat Umar told Hazrat Abu Bakar that you do not want the position but the whole Muslims want you to hold to the position. Hazrat Abu Bakar accepted the position of the Caliph because he wanted all the Muslims at that time united under one Amir. At that time, the Ansars of Medinah also want to choose their own Amir. Hazrat Abu Bakar told the Ansars that I have brought with me two persons that you could choose either one to become the Amir of the Muslims, Hazrat Umar or Hazrat Abu Ubaidah. On hearing this, the Ansars remain silent but when Hazrat Umar hold the hand of Hazrat Abu Bakar and make bai’ah, all the Ansars also make bai’ah to Hazrat Abu Bakar and Hazrat Abu Bakar becomes the first Caliph of Islam.
Later on all the other Muslims in Medinah, make bai’ah to Hazrat Abu Bakar to become the Caliph except one companion by the name Hazrat Khalid. Hazrat Abu Bakar paid many visits to Hazrat Khalid and one day Hazrat Khalid told Hazrat Abu Bakar whether the reason for his visit was for him to make bai’ah to him. Hazrat Abu Bakar answered, since all the Muslims are with me, I want you to be with all the Muslims. Hazrat Abu Bakar did not want power or position but he wanted all the Muslims united. Hazrat Abu Bakar accepted the position as a Caliph, in order to unite the Muslims. He did it because at that time, it was the order of Allah for him to accept the position of Caliph and his intention was only to please Allah.
Hazrat Abu Bakar did not want to become Caliph or Amir. He did not want power as he wants only the love of Allah. He used to give advice to another Sahabah that, do not become Amir even for two persons. When Hazrat Abu Bakar became Caliph that Sahabah came back to him and asked why you become Caliph when you had advised me not to become Amir even for two persons. Hazrat Abu Bakar answered; they forced me to accept the position. Hazrat Abu Bakar did not want power and position but power and position been forced upon him. Hazrat Abu Bakar accepted power because he wanted the Muslims united and this to him was more important than to fulfill his wishes and desires.
When we want power, we will become corrupt when we get power. When our intention is to gain power we are more interested in maintaining power when we have power rather than to rule the country with justice. Ones who love power will not become a good leader when he got power. He will use the power to gain more power and to maintain power. He will used all means to maintain power and he will make sure all his opponents jailed or put to death.
He will use his power to suppress his opponent. When a person loves power, he fears that he may lose the power and the fear to lose power make him corrupt. As Aung San Suu Kyi had said, it is not power that corrupt but fear. She also said, fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. Many world leaders due to fear of losing power lose sight of their purpose. Military Junta of Burma is an example of the many world leaders that have the fear of losing power.
In order to remain in power the Military Junta of Burma put Madam Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for nearly 14 years. Although she wins the general election in 1990, but the Military Junta of Burma nullified the result of the election and put her under house arrest. Recently the Military Junta decided to hold general election in 2010 but Madam Aung San Suu Kyi and her party not allowed participating in the election. Those who are corrupt take such actions and they become corrupt because they love power and they want to clang to power as long as they could.
Madam Aung San Suu Kyi is an example of a very determined woman for the cause that she believed to be the truth. Although she is only a woman but she has the determination that most men do not have. None of the man in Burma has such strong determination as her and the world should salute her. She was ready even to separate from her husband and son for the cause that she believed to be the truth.
As Muslim who has believed in Allah and the hereafter, we should have stronger determination to do the work of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w than Madam Aung San Suu Kyi for her country and Nelson Mandela for his people. We should be more determined than those non-Muslims like Madam Aung San Suu Kyi who are determined to established democracy government in Burma. We should be determined to establish the orders of Allah in the whole world and we should be determined to do the work of our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w that pleases Allah, our creator and the creator of the whole humankind. I am calling all the Muslims in the whole world to do the work of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w with great determination and sacrifices like Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. CLICK.
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