Sunday, October 21, 2012


Empathy is a very important thing in the architecture of humans. It is unfortunately, missing from our society. We spend a lot of time with a lot of people and still don't find ones who really know you and care for you and try to help you in whatever way is possible for them. This is actually the foundation of an Islamic society that has eroded by a lot of disasters and calamities that have struck the Muslim societies of the world. Some are coming out of it and working for the betterment but still it is not enough. Our brotherhood is long forgotten by us and we have become selfish. We are brothers only in words and not by actions.
I recently attended a seminar on South Asia Initiative by Harvard Business School. It was an online lecture by Dr. Tarun Khanna. The seminar was focused on entrepreneurship and its development in India and China. And he eloquently gave some of the examples from both of the countries and was actually compelling Pakistanis to learn from them. Dr. Shahid of HEC told him that in Pakistan we have entrepreneurs like Dr. Amjad Saqib and others who are doing philanthropic work. And after quoting 1 more example he asked Dr. Tarun Khanna that we wanted to embark Pakistan on an "entrepreneurial revolution" so how do you think we should move on? Dr. Khanna at that moment said that i know the two examples you have quoted but you have to do 100 times more than what has been done.
These words are still echoing in my brain that we have to do more not only for the benefit of the society but we have to do more in what ever pursuit we are in. And there is nothing more important than working for others and helping them.
The foundation is empathy and it is lacking in us all. We don't know what is on the mind of other people and from what they are passing and what do they require. The reason being the personal ego that we are so much engorged in our own matters that we do not extract ourselves from there to hear, feel and know what others are going through. And then there is a false imagination created in our brains about others. And we use that false comprehension to judge others.
This is causing our society and individual to suffer. We have forgotten our values altogether. We have in fact forgotten the meaning of this ayat:
Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure.
surah fatah (48): 29