Humanity | Time for Reflection | The Scottish Parliament

Humanity | Time for Reflection | The Scottish Parliament


Reflection leader is Imam Habibur
Rahman, Dunfermline Central Mosque & Islamic
Centre. It is with great honour I stand before you at the Scottish Parliament as
I see our Parliament as progressive and one that listens to its people and
delivers policies which foster equality and equity for all. We live in a world that has transformed so much in the last 30 years with technology pushing us
further in our ability to develop as a human species. As humans embrace this new age of modernity, we face the paradox of man; fixated on the world of tomorrow
yet forgetting the lessons of yesterday, which lead to the state we find
ourselves in today. With the advancement of our civilization through technological innovation and the fruition of futuristic concepts, it is
necessary to reflect and understand the identity of who we indeed are and what
we represent. It is paramount that we should often take a pause… and take time to reflect on what we can be and where we are going as it’s one reflection that illustrates the vision for excellence. The question is,
“How often do we reflect? Moreover, even upon that reflection how often are we asking ourselves the right questions?” God has blessed us with the power of
intellect to reflect on the connection and values that we share with our fellow
human beings. We still see the greed of personal gain and hateful rhetoric against one another. We make these intellectual advancements yet we
struggle and fail to fathom the understanding of what humanity is: a shared reality despite our external and internal differences. We develop advanced weapons to protect ourselves; to maintain order supposedly, yet they are used to
destroy the lives of communities. The recent horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue is one such example amongst many other ills still taking place in society and to those affected we offer our sincere condolences and support as one human race. We live in this bubble as a superior creation of God yet we still cannot solve the
ongoing problems of war, greed, corruption, extremism, poverty, discrimination and
neglect. However, the answer to those problems has been there all along in the form of humanity. We see the very best and worst of who we are in times of crisis and how we come together as communities and take care of each other. I ask you this, “Have we progressed?” Let us reflect.

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