“If the freedom of speech is taken away, dumb and silent we may be led like the sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington.

Ignore it and it will go away. That seems to be the tactic, people of the modern world have adopted when it comes to the evil things happening in their society. Many simply turn a blind eye to the corruption in their midst, assuming if it’s not happening to them it’s not happening at all. And this is the type of silence I want to write about today. It is not just the lack of words but also the insufficiency of actions that I would throw the light on.

The analysis of human history will tell us that silence of the masses have never won them anything but subjugation instead of freedom, oppression instead of jubilation, maltreatment instead of privileges and above all else degeneracy instead of morality.

The shaheen of Iqbal characterized by the ultimate will power would not suffer in silence; the Ubermensch of Nietzsche would never succumb to intolerance; the follower of Khalid Bin Waleed’s religion would never have been indifferent to justice.

Look around you and you’ll see time and again the atrocities being committed against mankind. From bloody streets of Gaza, to the war-torn cities of Syria – from the cries of an under aged bride in Interior Sindh to the screams of a woman getting raped in the streets of Delhi – where are the cries of justice? Where are the people who cried Je suis Charlie when there are countless Ahmeds, Arsalans, Taseers and Aafias being trailed down every day?

Remaining silent and inactive about evil when we have a chance to make a difference is not just cowardly, but sinful. We are called to be proactive in promoting that which is good and resisting that which is evil. Apathy, fence sitting and refusal to engage are not even options for the Muslims.

Hence the very point that silence is a sin.

No matter what the consequences may be, one must not compromise on the standards laid down by the principles of morality. Truth is not only violated by falsehood, it may equally be outraged by silence. Powerful is the one who is privy to the fact that nothing in the balance/status quo of the world would change if it had been on the people who did nothing to alter their predicaments. But to achieve the difference we have to be able to speak for ourselves, we have to be able to stand for what is right.

Your success will be manifested only when you are ready to accept what is wrong and actually do something about it. As Edmund once said “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing!” The circumstances that you face would be the outcome of what you believe you deserve. It takes a lot of courage to defy the oppressor. On the other hand if you are neutral in the face of injustice, it means you’ve chosen the side of the oppressor. And that in itself is a sin! Because silence my friends, is a sin.

Ogling into the past, Pakistan would not have come into being if it had not been for the tireless efforts of Quaid-e-Azam. If he and his team had kept silence in the face of staunch British and Hindu opposition we wouldn’t be living in a free home we now call Pakistan.

On the other hand when we mien into the present, the current turmoil of terrorism faced by our beloved motherland will be eradicated once our nation becomes united against al the malpractices and injustices happening in our society. Unity, Faith and Discipline will bring about the change that we need, to put Pakistan amongst the greatest of the great nations. That can be done through action but not contemplation. So this is high time to break the silence and prove to the world the worth of our religion and us as a nation. If at all in the coming years we want our country to reach at the top of the world and become a superpower, we need to halt the silence, claim our rights and construct an empire of Muslims, which can single handedly face the whole world.