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Iqbal Ebrahim

We all know what anger is, and at one time or another we’ve all felt it and no one can deny it that we’ve been there at one time or another. Getting angry is just one of our natural human emotion instincts it is also very powerful and can vary in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. Anger also knows no boundaries as it affects everybody, young and old, no matter what religion, race, colour, creed or tribe.

The Quran also gives guidance on how we should approach and deal with our anger. Allah describes the believers as: ‘…those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, and when they are angry, they forgive’ (Quran 42:37).In Islam controlling our anger is a sign of righteousness. 

A righteous person is promised Paradise and one of the characteristics of righteousness is being able to control anger. ‘And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious. Those who spend (in God’s Cause) in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon the people; verily, God loves the good-doers.’ (Quran 3:133-134)

Some of the advises and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): ‘A strong man is not the one who uses his strength to overcome others, but rather the one who controls himself while in the fit of anger’. Also, ‘Whoever believes in Allah and the Last day let him either speak good or keep silent’. And, ‘When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good; otherwise he should lie down.’  

Similarly the Bible echoes: ‘A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words turn up anger’ (Proverbs 15:1) and “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty……. ‘ (Proverbs 16:32)

Anger is a normal human emotion, which at times can help relieve an over – stressed mind. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. Whilst anger may be a natural emotion, it is also powerful and can vary in intensity from mild irritation to fury and rage, and unfortunately we are at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.

Anger can open the doors to all kinds of evil and disrespect. We know that whenever someone loses their temper, their anger begins to control them so much so one becomes subservient to ones anger without realizing it and we tend to lose our self-respect. The use of vulgar language, reviling, insulting, cursing, rudeness, and bad words usually are uttered when someone is overcome by anger. 

When we are angry the tongue goes into overdrive mode working overtime; we are capable of using unsavoury and bitter words that can cause more damage than even a sharp knife could. Our tongue can be like a shovel; piling up words of fury onto others, like dirt. But when angry we must learn to take control of it, or it takes control of us. ‘The believers have been guided to the purest of speeches, they have been guided to the Path of Him Who is worthy of all Praise.’ (Quran 22:24)

Anger and rage can even lead to breaking the bonds of goodwill and even destroy family relationships and friendships.  People have broken ties because of heated words, exchanged in that state. Anger can even move beyond just using insulting words and cause one person to physically harm another. The husband may hit his wife out of anger or the other way around. People have killed each other because of their anger and rage. You can hit someone or kill someone because of your anger leading to disastrous consequences.

Sadly this happens frequently. We have to learn tolerance, self-discipline and control of our emotions and of our speech. It is ok and also it’s human to feel angry. But learn to channel that anger properly. This means that we should talk in a mild manner with kindness and respect shown towards others.

Islam teaches us that if someone angers you or swears at you, step back. Take deep breaths. Walk away, if you have to and be strong in character.  When you feel better, respond in a better way, as the Quran says: ‘Repel evil with what is better. Then he who was your worst enemy will become your best friend!’ (Quran 41: 34) And: "Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness." (Quran 15:85)

We have to learn how to suppress our anger and to forgive people and not harbour enmity, disdain and hatred towards others. This includes refraining from making disparaging remarks and nasty comments about others: "who (the righteous) give to charity during the good times, as well as the bad times. They are suppressors of anger, and pardoners of the people. GOD loves the charitable." (3:134) ) "Fear Allah and make your utterance straight forward: That He may make your conduct whole and sound." (Quran 33:70-71)

We all have had disagreements with our families, friends, neighbours and those around us, but why is it so wrong to harbour animosity? Why does Islam emphasize freeing the heart from hatred and enmity? Even more dangerous is that harbouring hatred will eat away at our faith. Hatred consumes the heart, so much that we forget Allah's justice and mercy. Our gratitude to Allah is repelled by resentment of others.

One of Satan's methods of leading us astray is to whittle away at our faith and spirit by instilling enmity and hatred through our anger in our hearts. He uses this weapon to weaken the community and make it vulnerable to both physical and spiritual attacks. The Quran warns us: ‘Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them: for Satan is to man an avowed enemy.’ (Quran 17:53).

With so much anger in this world why don’t we turn the tables on Satan by changing our attitudes and turning to our Lord and Saviour for guidance in order to make the world a better place?  ‘.…….. for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord.  And those who avoid the greater sins……… and when they are angry, they forgive.’ (Quran 42:36 – 37)

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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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