The Muslim community in Western/South Western Sydney appears to be in a justifiable state of communal anxiety and anger from the manner in which the NSW Police has been imposing government sanctioned health orders in these areas.

From the countless personal accounts of many and the public media exposure to confirm it, any reasonable person can only conclude that the excessive use of force of certain members of the NSW Police has been disproportionate and hypocritical when compared to how they have imposed the health orders in other parts of Sydney.

Are they going to be held accountable? How are they going to repair the huge damage they have inflicted on the relationship with the community? How are they going to return to a community based approach of protect and serve?

These are all questions that only the NSW Police and the State Government can answer……or chose to answer.

At the end of the day, as with everything in life, we may not be able to control the actions of others, but we can always control how we respond to it.

I want to remind myself and others that Allah is the best of planners.

All that is happening is for a good reason and there is always Khair in everything, Alhamdulillah. If we can’t see it or understand, Allah in his divine wisdom knows.

Do not feel despondent, Do not lose hope. This is unbecoming of a true Muslim.

Muslims, whether locally or globally, have been and will continue to be the focus of attention and bigotry. This is the age we live in.

Our current role is to be patient and uphold our Faith in all of our dealings, especially with non Muslims. We have our own noble standards and we should not dishonour these in responding to the lowly acts of others.

The best response we can make to non Muslims to soften their hearts, is to always maintain our dignity and the best of manners, no matter what the situation is.

Over time, like water dripping onto a stone, we will make a positive impregnable permanent mark on society.

But this does not mean that we accept and allow ourselves as individuals and a community to be a punching bag to illegal thuggery from the NSW Police – indirectly endorsed and sanctioned by the State government by not holding them to account for the use of excessive force.

The community of South Western/Western Sydney – especially the Muslim community – need to realise they have enormous political power that they need to harness and exercise.

There is a Federal election due anytime from now till March 2022. There is a NSW state election due in less than 18 months.

Community leaders should organise mass enrol to vote drives, and teach and guide your community to be politically active. The community needs to run respected courageous independent candidates who can get at least 10% – 20% of the vote and control the balance of power in the seats – state and federal.

This will then mean that the major political parties will need your votes to win the seat and ultimately government. You need to marginalise all the seats. This is how you exert pressure on politicians to gain real change.

As Muslims make up a significant minority in many state and federal seats, if we alone were able to unite and mobilise, we could have a huge impact on who wins government.

This is not some words of outburst or rhetoric to make us feel good. It is a factual statistic reality that can be transformed into real world political power and change with some grassroots organising and determination.

If we want to have honour and dignity, we need to stand up and take it! Stop whining and being a victim and do something about it.

If you want to see a change, individually become politically active so collectively we can make real change.

Spiritually we must all work harder to perfect our manners, show love for all living creatures and have full trust that Allah will protect us.

Now is the time to be thankful for being honoured to be part of the Nation of Prophet Muhammad (S). Have confidence in who we are and what we represent.

As the Quran teaches us we are “khulafa alarad” (custodians of the earth) and we must never forget this role that Allah gave us and make sure we live up to the high responsibility it carries.

Now is the time to step up our ibadaah and our daawah. It is not time to go back under your shell or go into hiding as others would want.

Our best response is to smile back at the world and be proud of who we are and what we represent! Allah will always protect our faith and community.

Our job is to act with knowledge, wisdom, kindness and most importantly these days courage with full trust in what Allah has decreed.

May Allah make us those that will uphold and practice Islam in its pure true and exemplary essence.

May Allah enlighten our hearts and minds and make us of those who that can see beyond what our two eyes see.

May Allah make us those of who will use their hearts, minds and bodies to aide the causes of justice and empower goodness in others.

May Allah aid, uplift and protect all those that are suffering – Muslim and non Muslim – from injustice and oppression.

May Allah make those that are suffering have patience and diminish the sorrow and sadness that they feel.

May Allah unite the hearts and minds of those that are challenging the forces of injustice, inequality and oppression and allow them to confront and defeat them in a manner that does not transgress.

May Allah keep us patient, steadfast and acting in complete conviction that the victory of good against evil has been assured by you Allah, whether we witness it in our lives or not.

May Allah make us of those that will get up in the middle of the night and call upon you, with sincerity in our hearts and tears in our eyes, to uplift the oppression and suffering of those innocents that are in pain.

May Allah protect us and our loved ones from the tyranny of our times and make us to be in the company of those that will revive the Islamic Ummah and the world.

May Allah make these sad days be days we will look back on with fondness in years to come as the time that the Ummah truly woke up from its deep slumber.

May Allah protect us from tribulation/corruption, internal and external, and raise amongst us those that will restore justice and peace to all; and make us and our progeny be of those who will share their company.

Ameen, Ameen, Ameen.