Hearts of Freedom Suffer

September 6, 2006 § Leave a comment

In the United States (U.S.) we value the “Spirit of Freedom”, upon which this great nation was founded. Our society is hinged upon the ideal of “Freedom”; therefore its influence is interwoven into the fabric of our lives. The fruit of this ideal, freedom is naturally expressed as a state of independence, one where choices are fundamentally absent of necessity, coercion or constraints.

As a matter-of-course, a free society allows for the growth and development of autonomy in the character of its people. This ideally empowers an individual to surmount oppressive conditions, which might otherwise influence decision-making on various level both socially and politically. I am suggesting what the archetype of our free society will support, however it is obvious that the definition of freedom becomes more complicated as a result of the fickle predisposition of human nature.

Nevertheless, the ideal free and sovereign society nourishes bravery in the hearts of its people, and bravery is what differentiates a man from a Man. In the words of Thucydides (an ancient Athenian aristocrat),

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.” (Thucydides)

It was this degree of bravery that the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) exhibited during the Hijra and the Battle of Badr. It is also this kind of bravery that is exalted in his Sunnah.


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