Monday, 25 October 2010

Should the security guard/fence be implemented?

Bismillahirohmaneerohim (In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate)

The community where I used to live back in Malaysia have set up these "security gates" in certain areas. The particular place where I used to live is a place of mediocre families. Now security gates are needed for certain areas. The area now is covered with fences/walls and has only one way in and out from the area. It only allows cars with a particular "sticker" in the car to enter the area. For this security to be implemented, the houses involved within the fences need to pay certain amount of monthly fees to the security guards. These "security fences" are becoming trendy/popular in certain parts of Malaysia.

These "security fences" are being set up to protect the community. My main question is what are these fences protecting the community from? It is understood that these fences are built for the community's safety within the fences because of the increasing crimes -burglaries and robberies. In Islam it is important to mitigate/lessen risk, since the early days of humanity, mankind have faced will all kinds of risk and it is important to strive and overcome for survival. As mentioned in surah al-mu'minun verse 115

"Did you imagine that We created you without any purpose, and that will not be brought back to Us?"

and surah al-ankabut verse 2 "Do people think that they will be let go merely by saying : "We believe," and that they will not be tested,"

Therefore we should reduce our exposure towards unwanted/uncertainty things. Hence, the set up of the security fences. In my opinion, there should be another step/action before the fences are set up. Firstly, what is causing in the increase of crimes-burglaries/robberies? My opinion is that the gap between the rich and the poor are getting bigger. The poor/less fortunates envies the rich and are looking for a fast solution to be "rich". Is it wrong to be "rich"? After all the hardwork that they've done, surely they are entitled to it. The thing is that the less fortunates do not see all the hardwork done and all they see is the fancy cars, houses and accesories. Hence, they become envious of the "rich". Even though the fortunate ones are entitled to be "rich", have they contributed enough to help the less fortunates? In my opinion the big issue here is the unbalance of wealth distribution in the community. Secondly, there is the "show off" attitude from the "rich" ones which I will write an entry about it in the future, insha'Allah.

Anyway, getting back to the wealth distribution, Allah has stated in the Holy Qur'an Surah al- Hashr verse 7:

"Whatever (from the possessions of the townspeople) Allah has bestowed on His Messenger belongs to Allah, and to the Messenger, and to his kinsfolk, and to the orphans, and to the needy, and to the wayfarer so that it may not merely circulate between the rich among you. So accept whatever the Messenger gives you and refrain from whatever he forbids you. And fear Allah: verily Allah is Most Stern in retribution."

This is one of the major guiding principles that wealth should circulate in the whole community rather than only among the rich, to prevent the big gap between the rich and the poor. In my opinion this is the current situation in Malaysia and because of this, some communities needs to build up "fences" to protect their wealth and safety. Most of the "rich" are usually brand concious and are spending money on branded item/designers = rich circulate money to rich designers which contradicts with the verse that has been highlighted earlier. This is only one of many example of the situation in Malaysia. 

I could see at times that we are so content to be secured in our life in this world, that we would do almost anything to earn top money. Some are so driven that they are determined to make certain amount of money before reaching certain age as one of their goals in life. Some wants to sit or be on par with the top earners of the country or world. My personal choice is that I would not bother to go that far, because eventually there are others who will always earn more. My opinion is that the usage of the money is much more important than the method of earning the money. There is another verse that I would like to share Surah al-Zukhruf verse 32 Allah almighty says :

"Is it they who distribute the Mercy of your Lord? Is it We Who have distributed their livelihood among them in the life of this world, and have raised some above the other in rank that some of them may harness others to their services. Your Lord's Mercy is better than all the treasures that they hoard."

Just a simple note that We that have been highlighted in the verse above refers to Allah because in Arabic it is in plural of respect and not plural in numbers.

Just imagine how the poor feels when they walk past these certain area that have all these "security fences". Do they feel envy, jealous, and exposed towards uncertainties?

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