Globalisation, the Qur'anic Ethics and the Media
By Falak Ha
All praise is due to Allah the Almighty, and may Allah grant blessings to Prophet Muhammed (saw), his family and his companions.
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
"We did indeed offer the Trust to the heavens, and the earth, and the mountains; but they refused to undertake it being afraid thereof. But man assumed it; indeed he is ever unjust and ignorant." (Qur'an Sura Ahzab: 72)
"He Who created death and life, that He may try which of you is best in conduct." (Sura Mulk: 2)
"And hold fast all together by the Rope of Allah and be not divided amongst yourselves." (Sura Al-ilmran: 103)
"Solomon said: O ye people, we have been taught the speech of Birds" (Sura Neml 27: 16)
"Said one who had knowledge of the book: I will bring it to thee within the twinkling of an eye!" (Sura Neml 27: 40)
And the Holy Prophet (May peace be upon him) said, "I came to perfect good moral qualities."
As one of the shining aspects of the globalisation phenomena, the collective personality of the Risale-i Nur, with the grace of Allah Almighty, has played an active role in upholding and spreading the Qur'anic truths, not only just in Turkey here, but in many other countries worldwide. In a sense, the Risale-i Nur itself has been "globalised".
Here I am, as a "dost" of the Risale-i Nur, and I have brought with me Selam all the way from down under-- Australia. Don't get it wrong, it is Australia, not Austria.
In all major cities in Australia, there are Risale-i Nur medreses and schools. It goes to show that the collective personality of the Risale-i Nur is growing fast as one of the younger brothers in the global family of Islam. Alhamdulillah!
I praise Allah Subhanahu Ta'la for giving me the opportunity to participate in this auspicious gathering. Imitating Ustad Said Nursi in his famous Hutbe-semiye, I would say this-- Oh my Turkish brothers and scholars from around the world, I have not mounted this podium to deliver a speech to you, but rather merely to repeat to you some of the lessons I have learned from the Qur'an, the Risale-i Nur, and through years of active practical experience as a journalist in the media.
I feel that by mounting this podium, I have somewhat done injustice to myself, because my knowledge is so little like an ant, but the topic in front of me is so huge like a mountain, but now the ant wants to move the mountain around. I can only hope that with your prayers Allah grant us success.
Yes, globalisation, media, and the Qur'anic ethics in the light of the Risale-I Nur.
First of all, globalisation and the concept of Sahsi-manevi
One of the most unique striking features of the Risale-I Nur, the Qur'anic commentary of this time, is the concept of Sahsi-manevi, or collective personality. The basis of this concept is the following profound observations of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's: "The present time is the time of the group, the collective personality gains importance and value for the individual." (Kastamonu Letters), and "The present time is the time of the group, or social collectivity, not of the individual. However great a genius an individual is, even a hundredfold genius, if he is not the representative of a group and if he does not represent the collective personality of a group, he will be defeated in the face of the collective personality of an opposing group."(29th Letter)
With this magic key in hand, insha Allah, we can easily unlock many mysteries surrounding complex issues like globalisation, corporate giants, media empires, trade blocs, and etc.
Sahsi-manevi or collective personality makes easy for us to understand these truly vast and mind-boggling global phenomena.
For example, when explaining a hadith regarding the vast body of the Anti-Christ, who comes at the end of time, Bediuzzaman easily solves the problem by using the magic key of sahsi-manevi as follows: "his huge current of atheism, his collective personality, is truly vast. The awesome descriptions of the Anti-Christ in the hadiths allude to that. At one time, the commander-in-chief of Japanese army was depicted with one foot in the Pacific Ocean and the other foot ten days' distance away in Port Arthur. The collective personality of the commander-in-chief's army was shown by depicting him in this way." (15th Letter)
Do you want to understand how vast and far-reaching is the collective personality of the Muhammedan community? Look at this: "the face of the earth has become his mosque, Mecca his Mihrab, Madina his pulpit." (19th Letter) And look again at, "I saw I was a part of the congregation of three circles. The first circle was the vast congregation of believers on the face of the earth; the second circle consists of all beings, all of which, perform prayers and glorification in their own tongues; the third circle is the astonishing microcosm within me, from the particles of my being to my external senses. Everyone in those three congregations responded like me, saying 'You alone do we worship'." (29th Letter)
The world's most far-reaching globalisation
Nowadays, when we talk about globalisation, there seems to be a tendency to label it as a unique phenomenon of this century; but the truth is far from it. Please do not forget -- Islam can easily lay claim to the world's first and most far-reaching globalisation movement that was started more than 1400 years ago and is going strongly to date.
That remarkable movement was all started by that one single person, in the middle of the dessert, in 7th century AD. He was Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him).
He was illiterate and had scarcely any resources, but within a short period of time, not only did he manage to transform a barbaric people into a people with all the finest virtues and make them teachers of the world, but also established a Qur'an-based civilisation which, shortly after his departure from this worldly life, stretched its influence to the four corners of the globe.
By the early 8th century, Islam was spread to as far as China in the east and Morocco, Spain in the west. Since then, the world of Islam has become a truly huge "global village" of all the different colours.
"His light has lighted up from east to west like dazzling lightening, and half the earth and a fifth of mankind has accepted the gift of his guidance and preserved it like life itself", as Bediuzzaman states in his Miracles of Muhammad.
There is no parallel in history to this Islamic globalisation. Throughout history, Islam has made unprecedented contributions to all aspects of human life. Islam is not only a religion, but also a complete code of life, which encompasses science, economics, politics, law, culture, art and so on.
This Qur'anic revolution has scattered the darkness of naturalism and atheism by spreading light of belief, giving meaning and impetus to human civilisation and progress.
Now 1400 years later, this global civilisation is still as young and fresh as ever, and is expanding very fast. As you know, for example, we have nearly half a million Muslims in Australia.
As Bediuzzaman declares in his Damascus Sermon, "if we were to display through our deeds the perfection contained in the ethics of Islam and truths of faith, the followers of other religions would definitely enter Islam in masses. Indeed, certain continents and states would also join Islam."
Current globalisation, and Nursi's Two Europes
It's almost impossible to cover all aspects of the current globalisation process within the narrow space of this paper, however I just want to highlight here Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's unique idea of two collective personalities of Europe. You may find his interpretations shed a lot of light on our subject of globalisation; some of the vices associated with the second Europe or "one-eyed genius" bear remarkable resemblances with those of the current globalisation.
Nursi: Europe is two. One follows the sciences which serve justice and right and the industries beneficial for the life of society through the inspiration it has received from true Christianity; this first Europe I am not addressing. I am rather addressing the second corrupt Europe which, through the darkness of the philosophy of Naturalism, supposing the evils of civilisation to be its virtues, has driven mankind to vice and misguidance.(17th Flash, 5th Note)
Globalisation: Ground-breaking advancements in technology, information and telecommunications in recent decades have afforded mankind tremendous opportunities of prosperity, wealth and comfort. Globalisation has also resulted in breaking down of all sorts of barriers, barriers amongst nations, communities, cultures and economies, and encouraging dialogues. These positive aspects of globalisation can be understood as representing the First face of Europe. But on the other hand in the process of globalisation, super powers and corporate giants have been accused of destroying the environment and exploiting the Third World in their single-minded pursuit of mega-profits and market dominance. According to a research from the BBC, "critics say the West's gain has been at the expense of developing countries. The already meagre share of the global income of the poorest people in the world has dropped from 2.3% to 1.4% in the last decade."
Nursi: Can a man who is suffering torments and calamities in his spirit, his conscience, his mind and his heart be happy though his body wallowing in a superficial, deceptive glitter and wealth? Can it be said of someone whose body is in a false and fleeting paradise and whose heart and spirit are suffering the torments of Hell that he is happy? See, you have led astray wretched mankind in this way. (17th Flash, 5th Note)
Globalisation: stress, depression, unemployment, poverty, high divorce rate, domestic violence, family break-ups, suicides, drugs, anti-social behaviours, gang crimes are the trade marks of the globalisation in this era. Some extremists even react to the forces of globalisation with terrorist tactics. Societies by and large live in constant fears.
Nursi: O Europe corrupted with vice and misguidance and drawn far from the religion of Jesus! You have bestowed this hell-like state on the human spirit with your blind genius which, like the Anti-Christ, has only a single eye. The only remedy you have found for this disease are the fantasies of entertainment and amusement and anodyne diversions which to temporarily numb the senses. (17th Flash, 5th Note) The Anti-Christ's false paradise are the alluring amusements and enticements of civilisation. (15th Letter)
Globalisation: sociology researches show that religions have become less and less relevant in people's day-to-day lives. According to an article published in the World Council of Churches magazine Ecumenical Review, in recent decades, religion is considered as "a permanent threat to the principles and values of modern society, and all references to religion are evicted from the public arena, both the state and civil society." (Gerle, April 2000, Ecumenical Review)
Cinema-going is more popular than church-going; television, cinemas, casinos, concerts, the internet and the like are amongst the most popular forms of recreations and entertainments. The movie industry is a classic example of a globalised business.
Nursi: (in explaining the meaning of a prediction of the Holy Prophet, pbuh) In the time of the Anti-Christ, the means of communication and travel will have so advanced that an event will be heard by all the world in a day. It will be shouted out by the radio and will be heard in east and west, and will be read about in all the newspapers. (5th Ray)
Globalisation: At this time, on the one hand, we have electronic media and the internet making it possible to communicate around the globe in a twinkling of an eye, or rather in a click of a mouse. For example, events like the Soccer World Cup and the Olympics bring the whole world together in a single day and even in a single instant by means of television and the internet. Here, technological advancements in the media and communications may not necessarily be the "bad" things born of globalisation. On the contrary, they can easily be the good.
On the other hand, so often than not what we tend to see these days is the media giants employ one-sided, "one-eyed", negative and sensationalising approaches in a bid to sell their stories; it is the negativity of the approaches and the motives that makes the outcomes negative. In this regard, "no news is good news" has become legendary when it comes to describe the media of this time. In short, international media networks play powerful role in driving the world's public opinions. These media giants can even dictate political agendas.
As shown above, the Second Face of Europe can well be identified with the negative side of the current globalisation process, because it is driven by single-minded greed, one-eyed philosophy and negative ideology.
According to Nursi, the Second Face of "European civilisation is not founded on virtue and guidance but rather on lust and passion, rivalry and oppression, and up to the present the evils of civilisation have predominated over its virtues". (Damascus Sermon)
In reality, "Life is conflict", "Might is right", "Dog eats Dog", "Ends justify means" and phrases like these are often associated with the foundation principles of the Western civilisation.
According to Nursi, "what pushes you into such an error and casts you into this abyss is your one-eyed genius." He continues, "because of that blind genius of yours, you have forgotten your Sustainer, you have attributed His works to imaginary Nature and causes, you have divided up the Creator's property among idols, false gods." (17th Flash, 5th Note)
In reality, individuals tend to rely solely on their own strength and power. They are taught to believe in themselves and struggle for their own benefits. But so often this ever fast-changing world swallows them, and "they can await no salve for their pain other than from dead, blind causes. They manifest the meaning of the Qur'anic verse -for the prayer of those without faith is nothing by futile wandering in the mind."(Nursi, 17th Flash)
Proposing as cures for the woes brought about by this Second Face, Nursi calls on people of this time to reach out for the guidance of the Qur'an -"which looks at the two worlds with two shining eyes familiar with the Unseen and points with two hands to the two happinesses for mankind".(17th Flash)
As demonstrated brilliantly in history by the Muslim experience in globalisation, the current globalisation process, if rightly guided by the Qur'anic teachings, can bring peace, justice, security, progress and other benefits to the whole mankind.
Globalising the Qur'anic message
Before I repeat the lessons I have learned from Ustad Bediuzzaman on this subject, please allow me to tell you a little story.
About 4 years ago, when I first came to this glorious city of Istanbul, I was hosted by Mehmed Paksu abi. Instead of first taking me around to see historical landmarks like the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Saray, he took me straight to Moral FM headquarters.
It was there that for a first time I listened to a Nur lesson on the air. It was there that I witnessed with the eye of certainty the truth contained in the Huve Nuktesi. It was there as if I had seen those billions of air particles carrying the voice of the Qur'an through the atmosphere across to the European continent. And it was there that for a first time I started to understand the global vision spelled out in Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's autobiography Tarihce-I Hayat,
"Insha Allah, there will come a time, the collection of Risale-I Nur will be written in gold (highly regarded), and will be broadcast on radio in various languages, and the whole face of the earth will be turned into a spacious classroom of Light." (Insaallah, bir zaman gelecek, Risale-I Nur Kulliyati altinla yazilacak ve radyo diliyle muhtelif lisanlarda okunacak ve zemin yuzunu genis bir dershane-I Nuriyeye cevirecektir)
"Insha Allah, a time will come, by means of radio, Qur'anic lessons will be given and broadcast to the whole world."(Insaallah, bir zaman gelip radyoyla butun alemlere ders verilecek ve ilan edilecektir)
I would like to quickly point out here that when Bediuzzaman mentioned things like radio and newspapers, we should not narrowly understand them in their usual literal meanings. Those words should be understood as referring to "all forms of media" in their 21st century sense. They should include radio, television, newspapers, magazines, advertising, and last but not least, the Internet.
In other words, Bediuzzaman predicts, through passages like the above, that the media should be and will be used in such a positive way as to become the heralds of the Qur'an. And Risale-I Nur lessons will also be featured in the media as a positive commentary and advertisement of the Qur'anic truths.
That is exactly the direction in which things are panning out now. As an authentic commentary of the Qur'an for this century, the Risale-I Nur has been widely accepted within and beyond the Muslim world. The Nur collection has been translated into many foreign languages and distributed around the world. There are also a great number of Nur web sites on the Worldwide Web.
Furthermore, four years later this time on my return to Istanbul, I have also been greeted with the good news that Moral FM will soon commence broadcasting on the Internet. When it all happens, it will be another giant step, amongst other efforts, towards the globalisation of the Risale-I Nur as spelled out above by Bediuzzaman.
Importance of the media in globalising the Qur'anic ethics
Bediuzzaman also states in the following passages that the media should be utilised to promote the Qur'anic teachings to the whole world.
"I said, to encourage the offering of endless thanks for a supreme Divine bounty like the radio, that the Qur'an should be recited on the radio so that people could hear it all over the world and the atmosphere of the globe would become a reciter of the Qur'an." (the 12th Ray)
"By means of radios, the whole world can be turned into a single house, and therefore for mankind, radios are a huge bounty from Allah. Most definitely, in the face of such a huge bounty, as a way of showing universal gratitude, mankind should first use radios, before anything else, to broadcast beautiful teachings from the Qur'an, the Word of Allah, lessons on its truths, lessons on belief and good ethics, and sayings that yield necessary benefits for mankind." (Emirdag Lahikasi)
And in the process of this Qur'anic globalisation, Bediuzzaman by and large encourages and emphasises the positive use of mass media like radios.
In his Kastamonu Lahikasi, he describes the radio as a tool that can "speak 100,000 words at one time" and "reach out to its audiences all at once". Like we argued above, what he means by radios should be understood as encompassing other new forms of media, like television and the Internet.
In interpreting the following verses from the Qur'an, ,
"Solomon said: O ye people, we have been taught the speech of Birds" (Sura Neml 27: 16)
"Said one who had knowledge of the book: I will bring it to thee within the twinkling of an eye!" (Sura Neml 27: 40)
Bediuzzaman states in his work Isaratul Icaz that verses like these allude to man's discovery and the invention of radios and similar devices that can transport sounds and images from afar. Thus he encourages the positive use of them.
This view cannot be more true and accurate, especially when you take into account later technological inventions like televisions, mobile phones and more spectacularly the Internet.
With the Internet, "within the twinkling of an eye", rather with a click of an mouse, you can have the whole world brought to your desk top, truly manifesting the truth of the above verses.
With Internet e-mails, mails, which in the past took days and months to travel around the world, can now be delivered within the twinkling of an eye.
Bediuzzaman also points out that the Qur'anic eloquence and expression itself alludes to a current phenomenon in relation to the media: "at the end of time, eloquence and beauty of expression, the most brilliant of the sciences and branches of knowledge, will be most sought after in all their varieties. Even, in order to make one another accept their ideas and carry out their word, men will find their most effective weapons in eloquent expression, and their most irresistible force in fine oratory." (20th Word, Nursi) Thus again emphasises the importance of the media and encourages the positive use of them.
Try to understand how the media operate
Now that we know the media's importance in this globalisation climate, we then have to start trying to learn and understand the ways the media operate in. Find out the negatives and positives; then work with the positives and avoid the negatives. Furthermore, we also need to come up with a more positive alternative to the existing general media system.
Earlier, we have mentioned many of the positive aspects of the media of this time. Now let us focus on other more negative aspects.
Firstly, the media are highly globalised
My six-year experience as a journalist in the media has afforded me a conviction that the whole world media, vast and diverse as they seem to be, are in fact controlled by a handful of globalised media giants.
Day in day out, those media giants use their global resources to dig out stories from around the world, and then feed them out to smaller media organisations.
They dictate the terms and set the agendas in the process; so often what the smaller media bodies do is only "cut and paste". In some cases, the smaller organisations themselves are even owned by those global media giants. In other words, so-called editorial freedom is limited and relative.
The media's prime objective is sales and ratings
Sensationalism is one of the trademarks frequently employed by the media. To make a mountain out of a molehill is commonplace practice in the media these days.
The sole objective for all that is sales and ratings.
As long as the objective is met, any tactics will do, including bias, one-sidedness and distortion.
The media are guided and driven by negative ideology and philosophy.
The media of this time are also by and large responsible for spreading negative ideas and ethics that are contrary to all heavenly revealed religions. They are affecting the minds and souls of whoever comes in contact with them.
It was exactly because of this negative aspect of the media that Bediuzzaman at one stage had not read a single newspaper or for three years had not listened to the radio (14th Ray). It was this negative side of the media that he vigorously opposed.
To illustrate this point, let us listen to this story. Some of you may have heard of it.
One time, a gentleman by the name of Halil listened to a broadcast on radio and he was very upset at hearing some anti-Islamic remarks there. Then he decided to go to the radio station and demand an explanation. On his way, he saw Zubeyir Gunduzalp abi, one of Bediuzzaman's close students. After learning the details, Zubeyir abi had the following to say: "kardesim Halil, hem kokunun kapagini aciyorsun, hem de koktugundan sikayet ediyorsun". (Brother Halil, you are the one taking the lid off the scent, and at the same time complaining about the bad smell from it.) After hearing this advice, Halil gave up on the idea.
Meanwhile, there are also times when the "smell" of the media comes to you without you even taking off the lid. They are just sometimes too invasive and contagious.
The September 11 event is a good example. You, as an ordinary, peaceful and law-abiding Muslim, all of a sudden, have somewhat become a terrorist suspect everywhere you go. Simply because the media, which so often see themselves as having the power to judge and pre-judge, have once again put all the Muslims on trial for the event without any solid evidence.
Like it or not, the effects of this negative picture that the media have painted for the Muslims are readily obvious; as a result, the world public have a bad impression about the Muslims--- Muslim ladies with headscarves becoming targets of abuse and ridicule, Muslim organisations being searched for terrorist links, Muslim web sites being vandalised, and etc, etc.
The two stories here simply show us the negative ways in which the media operate in general and how they affect and drive public opinions.
More importantly, we have to understand that the powerful media machines, the collective personality of the forces opposing the Qur'an and belief have managed to inject their ideas into the minds and souls of our current generation.
As Nursi states: "I say this to you with regret and sadness that certain foreigners have taken our most valuable possessions and country from us and have given us a rotten price in return."
"They have taken from us our elevated morals and a part of our fine character that touches on social life. They have made them the means of their progress. And it is their dissipated morals and dissipated character that they have given us as their price." (Hutbe-semiye)
Thus he indicates that it is about time for us to offer the complete Qur'anic solutions in return. As clearly demonstrated in the Risale-I Nur, the Qur'anic solutions to mankind are based on positive belief, positive thinking, positive actions and positive approaches.
Therefore, in response to challenges from the awesome collective personality of the media at this time, we urgently call on all those in the service of the Qur'an to form a more united Nur media force. In other words, we are proposing here that we should use the occasion of this auspicious Nur Symposium as a launching platform to start a better organised, Qur'anic ethic driven, positive, global Nur media network.
Let us be positive and let us be global!!!
In the current globalisation climate, let us all think positively, plan positively and act positively; in addition, let us think globally, plan globally and act globally.
For example, the media tend to portray the Muslim as aggressive, angry and ignorant. We therefore should not play into their negative hand; we should think, talk and behave in such a positive manner as reflects the beauty of all the Qur'anic virtues - patience, decency, respect, knowledge, and etc.
Let the Qur'anic ethics be the guiding force of current globalisation
In short, as pictured here in Bediuzzaman's vision, the Qur'an and its teachings always take centre stage. The Qur'an and its truths should be the guiding force for all human endeavours. Especially faced with turbulent changes and globalisation, "mankind in this century has perceived that their greatest need is for moral and spiritual strength, comfort, and resolution," he said. (Damascus Sermon)
He also declares, "the future shall be Islam's and Islam's alone, and its ruler shall be the truths of the Qur'an and belief". (Damascus Sermon)
He also said, "the truths of Islam are able to progress both materially, and in moral and non-material matters, and possess a perfect capacity to do so." He thus alludes to a globalisation of the Qur'anic teachings, as a guiding force for the globalisation that is facing mankind now.
Turn this symposium into a Nur World Congress!!!
Pondering upon this year Soccer World Cup, we should all ask ourselves; if that small football, unbeneficial either to this world or to the Hereafter, can become such a point of convergence for as many as billions of people, what about this book of gold we have in our hands? The Qur'an holds the key to happiness in this world and eternal bliss in the Hereafter! Do we not have more reasons to be united like a cemented structure behind it?
With this in mind, we would like to propose to you all that: let us work together to turn this marvellous symposium of ours into a truly World Nur Congress, a truly global organisation for Muslims.
This may sound unrealistic and impossible, but please consider this proposal earnestly and seriously. After all, the Chinese proverb says it all: a thousand kilometre journey starts with one step.
Let this symposium be the first step! Allah bize yardimci olsun!
Many great businesses in the world start with only a little shop or little factory, and then work their ways up to become multi-national giants.
Not to mention we have already millions of members around the world. More importantly, we are in the sacred business of gaining the highest honour on earth - the pleasure of Allah -through striving to globalise the Qur'anic ethics.
Such a global vision and global mission can only be achieved through a well-organised, well-united, well-funded collective effort. And this symposium has provided the platform.
Another Chinese proverb says, "three common folks make a wise man". Bediuzzaman also eloquently puts it as, "if three alifs do not unite, they have the value of three. Whereas if they do unite, through the mystery of numbers they acquire the value of one hundred and eleven." (Ihlas Risalesi)
Let all of us here be united, united to become 111 million! Then insha Allah, we can display the keramet (wonders) of the collective personality of the Islamic Unity.
When we are united, we can do many great things.
For example, in the future World Nur Congress, we may discuss and work together towards systematically setting up a communication network around the world amongst participating members, so that we can turn this symposium into a formal global organisation.
In the future World Nur Congress, we can plan together to channel all the possible financial resources together by setting up a World Nur Congress Fund so that we can use its money to fund new projects. For example, we can use the money to set up more Nur radio stations in different countries.
So far this symposium has been very successful at the academic level, but what about the avam, the people at the street level? In the future World Nur Congress, we can meet not only to discuss, but we can meet to plan, and meet to act, so that we can take the message to the avam!
The future World Nur Congresses will also provide a platform for us to gradually develop a global Nur economy, a sort of trade bloc amongst all Muslim countries, where we eventually may have our own Single Currency, our own trade organisation. In this way, we can open up tremendous trade and business opportunities amongst the Muslim nations. May Allah realise our global vision.
A special message to our Turkish and Arab brothers
Oh my Turkish and Arab brothers in Islam! Especially Oh Risale-I Nur students of this country! I would like to again imitate the Ustad Bediuzzaman in his Hutbe-Semiye in saying, "do not suppose I have mounted this place of delivering lessons in order to give you advice. Rather I have done so to claim my rights from you. That is to say, the interests and happiness in this world and the world of hereafter of small groups with the world the Islam and the whole mankind of this turbulent time in general are bound to masterly teachers like you, the Turks and the Arabs, who are a vast and esteemed body. We, as minority groups, suffer harm through your idleness and laxity."
I would also add, "you are at the centre region of the Islamic world. You used to be the leaders of the world, and once you start first turn back to the basics of the Qur'an, embody the Qur'anic ethics, then you will be able to demonstrate all the beauties of its teachings, both individually as well as collectively as a nation. Then insha Allah, the whole world will follow suit. I pray and let's pray together that, such a day will come soon, we will be flying high the flag of the Qur'an again. Amen!!!