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To be forgiving of mistakes

Iqbal Ebrahim

To err is human, as the saying goes. We all make mistakes and some more so than others. We have all types of people in this world, the good, the bad and the ugly. Using the example of a common thing in our lives, we have people who like to take the mickey out of others, tease and taunt others, make jokes and pass nasty comments – yes we have come across these people in our daily lives. But how often is it that some people may sometimes wittingly or even unwittingly pass nasty comments, say the most absurd things that hurt us. This can be blown out of proportion and can build a lot of hurt and anger within ourselves and cause us to want to take revenge against that person.

As a Muslim we should realise that one of the most important signs of Islamic virtue is to be forgiving and merciful. In the Qur'an, Allah calls upon His faithful servants to be "forgiving: "Practice forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant. (Quran 7: 199)

Sometimes we are so hurt that our lower self finds hard to accept because we want to take ‘revenge’ for the hurt that we have had to endure, but we need to forgive because there are great rewards for it in the sight of Allah. We may feel so angry and hurt that we are unwilling to forgive a mistake however Allah makes it clear to us that forgiveness is the better path to take and encourages us to practice this form of morality. “The recompense for an injury is an injury thereto; but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah; for Allah does not love the wrongdoers” (Quran 42:40)

Further the verse continues in which Allah draws attention to the fact that willingness to forgive is a praiseworthy attribute of a believer: “But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would certainly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs” (Quran 42: 43)

Many of our problems stem from the fact that we do not forgive and overlook the hurt that sometimes comes our way. But carrying that hurt can be burden that we carry through our days inwardly holding the grudge. This has an effect on our lives as it can build hatred within our hearts and minds. The worst element of this is that we tend to wait for an opportune moment to get even as it were. This action can have a knock on effect over a long time to come – almost like tit for tat.

However in Islam and many other faiths forgiveness is a virtue that is linked to kindness and mercy. Even if we are in a position to retaliate or to get revenge on the hurt we suffered we should rather be magnanimous and large hearted enough to forgive that person. After all when commit sins and break the laws of the Almighty we feel guilty and turn to our Lord in sincere repentance asking for forgiveness. In the same vein we expect forgiveness and pardon for our sins yet we do not want to forgive others. As the Quran says: “Let those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude……… let them forgive and overlook do you not wish that Allah should forgive you?”

There are times when we think we cannot forgive the hurt that we may have suffered and carry that grudge within ourselves waiting for the right moment to retaliate; but we should remember that there is one distinctive quality of a believers is their showing no hesitation to forgive, even in circumstances where they are completely right and the wrongdoer is utterly unjust, since Allah recommends this as a model example of morality.


The Quran in many verses enjoins believers to be forgiving; “A kind word with forgiveness is better than almsgiving followed by injury. Allah is free of all wants, and He is most Forbearing” (Quran 2; 263). “But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs “. (Quran 42: 43)      

Islam urges forgiveness, but also recommends that we go a step further, by doing good to the people who have wronged us. According to the Islamic teachings, we have to build within ourselves the qualities of compassion, love, mercy, forgiveness and so on. For peace in our lives we must try to be compassionate, loving, merciful, and forgiving, among those traits.

Such individuals, who are by nature forgiving, get more respect from those around them and therefore prove to be more respected and liked. The Quran has stressed this quality many times as a necessary ingredient for the smooth functioning of society. ‘Praised are they who restrain their anger and pardon the faults of others; and God loves those who do good to others’ (Quran 3:134). And: ‘But forgive them and overlook their misdeeds, for Allah loves those who are kind’ (Quran 5:13)

 This is the rationale offered by the Quran in this matter: ‘The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is good, then lo! He, between whom and thee there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a bosom friend.’ (Quran 41:34). “…….Those who give in times of both ease and hardship, those who control their rage and pardon other people-Allah loves the good-doers.” (Quran 3: 134)

Islam urges forgiveness, but also recommends that we go a step further, by doing good to the people who have wronged us. This is the rationale offered by the Quran in this matter: ‘The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is good, then lo! He, between whom and thee there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a bosom friend.’ (Quran 41:34). According to the above quotation from the Holy Quran, The emphasis is on forgiveness rather than compensation for a wrongdoing.

The Bible also urges the same: ‘You have heard it said that an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you……whomsoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also’. (Mat 5: 38 – 39) From the above verses the virtue of forgiveness is seen to be beneficial. We should avoid extremes like tooth for tooth, but rather we should turn the other cheek as a more practical approach in our lives.

Do not feel ashamed to forgive and forget. Do not get angry and lose your temper quickly over the mistakes and failures of others. On the contrary, we should be patient and sympathetic with them. Anger and the desire for vengeance can become a never ending cycle. Sometimes we may feel that forgiveness is a sign of weakness, on the contrary, it should be seen as a sign of strength of character and mind.


Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has taught us that exercising self-restraint, especially in situations where we would be justified to exact retribution, should be something that every believer should aspire to. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: ‘The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.’ We should learn to take life’s things with a pinch of salt. As a friend of mine likes to say: I am not ‘fat’ I have just developed a thick skin.

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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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