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Going to the depths of depravity

Iqbal Ebrahim

In our lives we come across so many things that show a sharp decline in morality; just looking at people’s behaviour, they do things that are ‘wrong’ yet many, us included, do so without batting an eyelid.

The serious abuse of drugs and alcohol, nudity, rape, pornography, prostitution, premarital and extra marital sex (adultery), gays and lesbians, same sex marriages, violence against women and even frighteningly against children, and all sorts of violent crime like robberies and murder, so that no one feels safe any longer.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) predicted among his various Hadiths: ‘Divorces will be a daily occurrence’ and ‘There will be an abundance of illegitimate children’ and ‘The last hour will not be established until murder will increase’. ‘When the old have no compassions for the young, when the young show no respect to the old….when children grow angry’. And’…..meanness and greed will multiply’. And ‘There will be an abundance of critics, tale carriers, back biters and those who taunt in society’.

Sounds familiar? The world has really gone to the dogs; and who is to blame? Many will be tempted to blame our youth amongst the many factors. But the question is what have we done to provide for and to be a good example for our children?
Some parents fail to take their responsibility seriously.

They are either too busy earning a living, making money, or shed this responsibility because of indifference. It is no good lecturing our children about what they should and should not do when on the flip side we fail to do the same, ourselves. We have failed to discharge our duty as parents and elders. We failed as leaders and shepherds for our families.

Yet despite what the Quran instructs us to do we remain careless: ‘O you who believe! Save yourself and your families from the Fire of Hell’. (Quran 66: 6)

The Bible says: ‘thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children’. (Deut. 6:7)

Many adults are poor role models and must take the blame. There has been a noticeable increase in antisocial behaviour whereby adults are now the culprits for the society’s ills. We see this every day, some adults get drunk, have multiple partners, including extra-marital affairs, family strife and violence, spouse abuse, the breakdown of parental guidance and control – list is endless.

Added to that, there are a myriad of problems that society faces in this day and age. Just look at the decay in societal values that lead to family and social conflict: worse still is that there is so much family turmoil, strife, conflict and unhappiness that the home is no longer the haven of love and happiness that it once was.

There is so much meanness, greed and dishonesty in this world of ours, coupled with that is the loss of respect and love between the young and the old that has reached an all-time low; There are so many of those perennial and enduring values that were the bedrock of our societies that have been washed away so much so that many families are no longer at peace.

If we see what happens nowadays matches with what Prophet Muhammad said: ‘The Hour will come when adultery becomes widespread’ and ‘There will be a prevalence of open fornication’ and ‘The Last hour will not be established until they (wicked people) commit adultery in the public eye without shame’.

With so many divorces and broken homes our children grow up without any guidance as they are in a state of bewilderment. Even more so, look at a very common situation today, that of many couples are living together ‘out of wedlock’, as it were. To all intents and purposes this is living in sin and immorality because they live and act like a married couple without the sacred commitment of marriage.

Worse still how many young women have children out of wedlock are left literally holding the baby when the father moves on to further conquests? As a result of this state of affairs children have no ‘real’ fatherly figure that can assist with parental guidance. They grow up in an atmosphere of uncertainty, little or no role model guidance and in some cases with anger and hatred.   

Islam has a very strict code on pre-marital relations: sex before marriage is prohibited and definitely a sin.  All religions do not permit  pre-marital relations yet today’s lifestyle it is something that does not even raise an eyebrow; All religions are very clear that sex is for married couples only, and that the only other option outside of (and before) marriage is total abstinence — The Bible says:  “Flee fornication….” (1 Cor 6: 18); “….to avoid fornication let every man have his own wife” (Cor 7;1) “….that you should abstain from fornication” (1 Thessalonians 4;3)

This immoral behaviour contributes to the alarming spread in sexually related diseases including the dreaded scourge of AIDS. All this promiscuity brings with it a myriad of problems. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: ‘When promiscuous behaviour becomes rampant in a nation, Allah will send upon them such (strange) diseases that their own ancestors never heard of.’ Let alone ancestors, a generation ago no one ever heard of or even dreamt of the dreaded scourge of AIDS that is so prevalent and taking so many lives today.

To complicate matters even more there is a much spoken of and promoted issue; that of gays; maybe they should be called sodomites, which is an appropriate and correct term for them and the demand for their so-called rights. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed for that reason – read the Quran and the Bible and you will be enlightened. Lot said to them; ‘Will you not fear God? Must you, unlike [other] people, lust after males and abandon the wives that God has created for you? You are exceeding all bounds’ (Quran 26: 161-166)

The well-known singer Elton John has ‘married’ his male partner and to make matters worse they have two surrogate children. Let your mind wander a bit and think about those poor kids; how will they grow up in that environment when their young minds will be confused of having a father and father instead of father and mother. After this are we still surprised that children grow up confused and confounded?

‘Do you commit lewdness such as no people in creation ever committed……for you practise your lusts on men in preference to women; you are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds’ (Quran 7: 80-81)

Similarly the Bible says: ‘If a man also lay with another man, as he would with a woman….they shall surely be put to death’ (Leviticus 20:13).

Yet we have some people shouting for individual rights for same sex couples to get married, some churches overseas even allow these ceremonies to take place. By calling for ‘gay rights’ and individual freedoms, do we want to introduce these ‘rights’ in defiance of the Commands of our Lord?

Let us join hands to ensure that we follow in the path of Righteous behaviour.

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Export Processing Zones: How to Get SEZA to Sizzle

23rd September 2020
Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factory in Kenya

In 2005, the Business & Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) pitched the idea of the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to the Mogae Administration.

It took five years before the SEZ policy was formulated, another five years before the relevant law was enacted, and a full three years before the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) became operational.

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Egypt Bagged Again

23rd September 2020

… courtesy of infiltration stratagem by Jehovah-Enlil’s clan

With the passing of Joshua’s generation, General Atiku, the promised peace and prosperity of a land flowing with milk and honey disappeared, giving way to chaos and confusion.

Maybe Joshua himself was to blame for this shambolic state of affairs. He had failed to mentor a successor in the manner Moses had mentored him. He had left the nation without a central government or a human head of state but as a confederacy of twelve independent tribes without any unifying force except their Anunnaki gods.

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23rd September 2020

If I say the word ‘robot’ to you,  I can guess what would immediately spring to mind –  a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and  tv shows.  Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name,  Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama,  Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…

Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us  inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator,  Box in Logan’s Run,  Police robots in Elysium and  Otomo in Robocop.

And that’s to name but a few.  As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves.  And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of  robotics in the workplace.

ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.

A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles.  It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.

DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,

AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour

These examples all come from the aptly-named site    because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.

This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count!  For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars.  It’s a theory, at any rate.

Already, customers at the South-Korean  fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic.  The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners.  Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.   

‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP. 

Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions. 

Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders.  Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.

These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly  Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.

And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth.  Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.

But there may be more redundancies on the way as well.  Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable?  So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid?  Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons  may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!

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