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I am writing this article with a heart full of sorrow and sadness, burdened by all the violence and injustice which takes place daily all around our unkind and violent world. Unfortunately, our world has been plagued again with more wars and violence. Many people, including innocent children, women, and men have been killed, injured, or made homeless. Countless others suffer from insufficient food, shelter, and medicine. During the past few weeks the war-advocates, through their highly paid analysts and spokespersons and some mass media, are beating the drums of another war again. Even though the facts and details about the use of chemical weapons in Syria have not been determined and announced by the U.N. investigators yet, the attacks already have been planned to inflict more pain, injury, and destruction on the poor Syrians who have endured so much. Please write or call your Senators and House Representatives and ask them to vote “No” to military actions and bombing poor Syrians who already have suffered so much in this horrible and tragic war. Bombing one side of the Syrian conflict will not solve the problem, but instead will widen the war throughout the whole volatile region and the world, and cause more death and destruction, which is morally wrong and inhumane. It is also against international law without the U.N. conclusion and proper mandate; damaging to U.S. interests, reputation, and economy; and detrimental to the world. Pope Francis eloquently wrote to the G-20 summit leaders, “To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also has told the world leaders that there is “no military solution” to Syria and stated, “I must warn that ill-considered military action could cause serious and tragic consequences, and with an increased threat of further sectarian violence. Thus, we must put an end to the atrocities the Syrian people continue to suffer. We should explore ways to avoid further militarization of the conflict and revitalize the search for a political settlement instead. In this spirit, we are determined to renew our efforts to rapidly convene the Geneva conference for Syria as soon as possible…I sincerely hope that all of us here at the G20 summit, but also in the Security Council, recognize the need for a political solution to a tragic and prolonged humanitarian crisis.” Even the British Parliament rejected the attack on Syria. Please ask the President and Congress instead of authorizing military actions, to use their power and influence to have a genuine peace conference with all the parties involved as soon as possible to end this horrible conflict and reach a just and true long-lasting peace
by referendums and fair elections under U.N. supervision for the unfortunate people of Syria and the region. Let me quote the blessed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words of wisdom: “Let me say finally that I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against this war, not in anger, but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and, above all, with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as the moral example of the world.” I always refer to the Supreme Divine Creator as the God of love in my writings and talks, since I have learned and believe that the Beloved Almighty created the whole universe because of love. Rumi, one of the messengers of love, truthfully and eloquently stated around 760 years ago: For love, God created the whole universe; Every particle benefited from God’s love. God created the grand universe (out of love), so you could comprehend the grandeur of love. Therefore, for the sake of love, peace, and humanity, please help and do your best to stop starting a new war by attacking and bombing the deprived Syrian people or any part of our world. Please do not let those who benefit from wars start a new one again. Time is the fourth dimension and everything is witnessed by the Beloved and recorded in the dimension of time for eternity, including all of our actions, words, and thoughts. Considering carefully the consequences of our actions in the higher phase of the majestic journey of our soul in time and space on Earth and beyond, should encourage us to care more about others’ well-being and humanity as a whole. In my academic career as a Professor, Chair, and Dean throughout the world, I was also a visiting professor and a Department Head in American University in Cairo and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. I am very familiar with the region (histories, cultures, religions, most languages, etc.) due to my background and experience. Peace talks and negotiations among all the Syrians are the only way out of the ongoing tragic war in Syria, as history has shown in Vietnam, Korea, etc. Traveling several hundred thousands of miles and having had several hundred programs in many different parts of the world to talk about love, peace, and humanity after the tragic event of 9-11, has taught me even more about the value of love and world peace. I also have realized that the overwhelming majority of the people whom I have met on those trips and programs desire peace and harmony in the world and are against wars and destructions. I would like to offer my condolences once again to all the victims of the terrible event of 9-11, since the anniversary is only a few days away. For most of my life I have dreamed about world peace and pursued that honorable goal in my writings and talks and was honored to speak at the U.N. about world peace. I always have asked my dear readers and audience humbly and respectfully to pray, work, and hope for love, peace, and humanity to prevail in our hurtful and violent world before it is too late. Let us all join our hands, hearts, and minds together and pray to the Almighty God of love for healthy, joyful, prosperous, harmonious, and peaceful times ahead for
every living creature on our beautiful planet. Let us all hope and pray that a magical divine ray of love, wisdom, and humanity will shine through the hearts of all people and especially their leaders to miraculously soften their hearts and enlighten their souls to make a genuine effort for just and lasting peace on Earth. Let us hope and pray that new buds of love, compassion, and hope will bloom in our hearts and souls, which will result in a much more peaceful, loving, just, and caring world for all of Earth’s inhabitants. Let me share some words of wisdom from the grand seers and sages of my ancient heritage and culture, such as Ferdosi, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafez, and offer you a few lines of my humble selections and translations of their poetry on this memorable occasion of asking for your prayer, true effort, and hard work towards just and lasting peace in our turbulent and harsh world. Please also remember the old saying, “No justice no peace.” I pray to the God of love to always fill everyone’s hearts with love and guide their minds and souls to be effective means and instruments for love, justice, genuine peace, and fairness at home and abroad. When you kill the father of a child, you plant the seed of hatred and violence. How can the one whose father is slain, have peace in his heart and mind? Ferdosi Human beings are from one another, in creation they are from one essence. When calamity brings pain to one organ, the whole body is in pain. If you are not in sorrow from other’s tragedy, you are not worthy to be called a human being. Saadi If you allow me, I will tell you a mystical message: Peace is better than war and (bad) judgment, oh the light of my eyes. God will take the hands of those when they fall, if they are sorrowful for the fallen ones. Hafez This world is like a mountain and our action like sound; the echoes of (our) sounds come back to us. When you behave badly, you should be afraid and not at peace, because it is a seed that God will grow. Whoever plants the seeds of thorns, don’t expect to find him in a rose garden. Rumi From love, bitter becomes sweet, From love, thorns become flowers,
From love, vinegar becomes wine, From love, fire becomes light, From love, devil becomes angel, From love, sorrow becomes joy, From love, sickness becomes health, From love, fury becomes mercy, From love, dead becomes alive. Rumi Let me close with another humble selection and translation of one of the most meaningful stories from Rumi about holy Jesus: A wise man asked holy Jesus, “What is the harshest thing in the universe?” Jesus said, “Oh my dear, the most severe thing is God’s wrath, From that, even hell trembles like us.” The man asked, “What shelters us from God’s wrath? “ Jesus said, “Leaving your anger at the time (of anger). The origin of vengeance is hell, And your vengeance is a part of that whole and the enemy of your faith. If you are a part of heaven, your ecstasy like heaven is everlasting. Bitter is joining bitters for certain; How can the breath of evil become a companion of the Truth (God)? Hell is the anger and needs an enemy, So it could live, otherwise a merciful one can terminate it. If there were no enemy and foe in the world, Then the anger would have died amongst people. How can it live since it dies from the light of the (love of) righteous ones? There are hundred thousands of darkness because of your anger, Calm your anger, open your eyes, be happy, Learn from your true friends and become a master (of love).” Rumi Please always pray and work for world peace; please ask everyone you know to do the same. With love, humility, and sincerity,
Majid M. Naini, Ph.D.
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