Part 7/20 (530 Words)
Let westerns, eastern pseudo-intellectuals (who think everything new is auspicious and everything old in terms of date is inauspicious) and pseudo-religious people (who have mixed customs and religion in such a way that they are hardly distinguishable, in short their brain has ossified) to observe in you a Zainab, who sacrificed herself and her family for utterance of reality for the sake of liberation of humanity from the chains of oppressors as her religious duty before God . Why should our young generation adopt the western cultures? The culture which in the description given by Albert Schweitzer (The German-French theologian,1952 Nobel Peace Prize, 1953 for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”) has the following features :
1.Westerns are heading towards cultural self-destruction .
2. Sophisticated development of the society has taken the entire aspect of thinking and reasoning from men and consequently they have entered a new era of medieval times.
3. Abandonment of thought in the name of freedom.( “To Have or To Be?” by Erich Fromm) One of the main problems of our new generation is that the Islamic role models have not been explained fully in terms of their characteristics, morals and valor; while westerns have presented and are presenting every day a new role model with a “lovely” and “convincing” countenance .Here we feel the vacuum in fulfilling our responsibilities of manifesting role models, these symbols of Islam who are alive. As Dr Shariati said “ to be alive means to be effective , to show the right way, to guide humanity in whatever stage it may be, in whatever land it may live, and to whatever race it may belong. “ And he himself adds that “it is not sufficient only to understand and repeat the historical biographies. We must realize how to describe, how to understand, and how to learn lessons from Fatima’s life.” So let us scrutinize life of Zainab scholastically and rationally to give a new interpretation and explanation of the real and authentic Islamic ideologies and faith which are compatible with the necessities of the present age .Let us study and present the real Zainab, an Islamic legendary woman who existed, who gave Ali-like’s lectures , who played a role in the mosque and taught women Islam and Quran, who was active in the home training her children who were martyred in Karbala, who played a role in her family’s social struggles and in Islam; a woman whose role should be cultivated in all the angles to the present generation .In this way any woman who is faithful to real and logical freedom, especially a Muslim woman, can discover the fountains of talents and capabilities in her being and come to realization of her divine and celestial substance which is the same as the man and needs to be distinguished from a solely a bodily and sexual being. This being should journey towards her origin and she should not allow any possible obstacles to lead to the discontinuation of her travelling in this sublime path to reach the divine source. As promised by God in Surah Al-Shams:
“Indeed he attains deliverance who purifies his soul”. (Surah al-Shams: 91:9)