With the current lock down in place and the uncertainty and fear in our hearts and minds about Covid – 19 and all the related problems we are more focussed on the present life and our daily existence and think very little of the life after death to yet come.
I have taken the liberty, or shall I say the opportunity and have decided instead to use the following light hearted words that carry a very profound meaning and I am sure that during these trying times they will find appeal with many readers.
Over time I have read these messages that some of them were shared with me by friends and I have taken to reading them whenever I need some inspiration or even just a smile, or just a small reminder that life needn’t be that serious if we can see the truth beyond the humour, and the humour beyond the truth.
I hope that you too will find as much inspiration and enjoy them as I still do whenever I read them. No fire and brimstone or table- thumping lectures here just a common sense approach to life through a light hearted clever play on words.
Life has its daily challenges but remember, like a rose, life was meant to have its thorns. Just as the crushing of a rose flower brings out its sweet perfume, so the difficulties of life release the sweetness within us. If we let them, they can bring out qualities such as love for others, tenderness, compassion, humility and closeness to loved ones. But more importantly it should bring us closer to our Lord and Creator.
You can be sure of 10 Things Allah Almighty Won’t Ask..…
Allah Almighty won’t ask what kind of car you drove, He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation…
Allah Almighty won’t ask the square footage of your house, He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
Allah Almighty won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, nor what labels they had, He’ll ask how many less fortunate people you helped clothe.
Allah Almighty won’t ask what your highest salary was; He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
Allah Almighty won’t ask what your job title was; He’ll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
Allah Almighty won’t ask how much money you made; He’ll ask you how you spent it.
Allah Almighty won’t ask how many friends you had; He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
Allah Almighty won’t ask in what neighbourhood you lived, He’ll ask how you treated your neighbours.
Allah Almighty won’t ask about the colour of your skin, He’ll ask about the content of your heart and character.
Allah Almighty won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation; He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.
So what are you waiting for……..?
Some things we need to ponder upon….…
Give Allah what’s right — not what’s left.
Man’s way leads to a hopeless end — Allah’s way leads to an endless hope
A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing
He who kneels before Allah can stand before anyone.
In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma –but never let him be the period.
Don’t put a question mark where Allah puts a period.
Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the mosque for a face-lift.
When praying, don’t give Allah instructions — just report for duty.
Haven’t been to Mosque recently, hurry up, before six strong men arrive to carry your body to the mosque…….. for your funeral prayers.
We don’t change Allah’s Message — His Message should change us.
The mosque is prayer-conditioned.
When Allah ordains, He sustains.
WARNING: Exposure to Allah may prevent burning.
Plan ahead — It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
Most people want to serve Allah, but only in an advisory position.
Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your reading the Al-Quran.
Exercise daily — walk with Allah.
Never give the devil a ride — he will always take over and want to drive – to places he wants to take you to.
Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
He who angers you controls you.
Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
Give Satan an inch and; he’ll be a ruler.
Be ye fishers of men — you catch them and He’ll clean them.
Allah doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Read the Al-Quran — It will scare ‘hell’ out of you.
Smile, think and even seriously ponder over the subtle messages of these little gems of wisdom – they may just help us all to look at life from a more positive angle and who knows maybe embrace a life changing attitude.
Money can build a house but it takes love to make it a home. Faith gives us courage to face the present with confidence and the future with expectancy. Listen with your heart as well as with your ears.
When you pray, you open a channel to the reservoir of Gods almighty power
Worry ends where faith begins
If we never experienced failure we would never appreciate success
Faith is the soul of success. The people who accomplish the most do so not because they never run into problems, but because they believe there is a solution for everyone.
God’s message and guidance is like a radio station broadcasting all the time. You just have to tune in and receive His signals.
To feel rich, count the things that you have that money can’t buy.
No problem is too big or too small to take to God in prayer. Many consider prayer a last resort, but God meant it to be our first and surest line of defence.
You don’t have to walk life’s path alone; the great God of the universe will take your hand and walk by your side. As busy as He is, He is never too busy for us.
Faith and trust go hand in hand. If you have faith in Allah, you’ll trust Him to answer your prayers in the way He knows is best.
The Central Bank has by way of its Monetary Policy Statement informed us that the Botswana economy is likely to contract by 8.9 percent over the course of the year 2020.
The IMF paints an even gloomier picture – a shrinkage of the order of 9.6 percent. That translates to just under $2 billion hived off from the overall economic yield given our average GDP of roughly $18 billion a year. In Pula terms, this is about P23 billion less goods and services produced in the country and you and I have a good guess as to what such a sum can do in terms of job creation and sustainability, boosting tax revenue, succouring both recurrent and development expenditure, and on the whole keeping our teeny-weeny economy in relatively good nick.
Joseph’s and Judah’s family lines conjoin to produce lineal seed
Just to recap, General Atiku, the Israelites were not headed for uncharted territory. The Promised Land teemed with Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These nations were not simply going to cut and run when they saw columns of battle-ready Israelites approach: they were going to fight to the death.
Parliament has begun debates on three related Private Members Bills on the conditions of service of members of the Security Sector.
The Bills are Prisons (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Police (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and Botswana Defence Force (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bills seek to amend the three statutes so that officers are placed on full salaries when on interdictions or suspensions whilst facing disciplinary boards or courts of law.
In terms of the Public Service Act, 2008 which took effect in 2010, civil servants who are indicted are paid full salary and not a portion of their emolument. Section 35(3) of the Act specifically provides that “An employee’s salary shall not be withheld during the period of his or her suspension”.
However, when parliament reformed the public service law to allow civil servants to unionize, among other things, and extended the said protection of their salaries, the process was not completed. When the House conferred the benefit on civil servants, members of the disciplined forces were left out by not accordingly amending the laws regulating their employment.
The Bills stated above seeks to ask Parliament to also include members of the forces on the said benefit. It is unfair not to include soldiers or military officers, police officers and prison waders in the benefit. Paying an officer who is facing either external or internal charges full pay is in line with the notion of ei incumbit probation qui dicit, non qui negat or the presumption of innocence; that the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies.
The officers facing charges, either internal disciplinary or criminal charges before the courts, must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Paying them a portion of their salary is penalty and therefore arbitrary. Punishment by way of loss of income or anything should come as a result of a finding on the guilt by a competent court of law, tribunal or disciplinary board.
What was the rationale behind this reform in 2008 when the Public Service Act was adopted? First it was the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.
The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered “innocent until proven guilty”. In terms of the constitution and other laws of Botswana, the presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial, and it is an international human right under the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11.
Withholding a civil servant’s salary because they are accused of an internal disciplinary offense or a criminal offense in the courts of law, was seen as punishment before a decision by a tribunal, disciplinary board or a court of law actually finds someone culpable. Parliament in its wisdom decided that no one deserves this premature punishment.
Secondly, it was considered that people’s lives got destroyed by withholding of financial benefits during internal or judicial trials. Protection of wages is very important for any worker. Workers commit their salaries, they pay mortgages, car loans, insurances, schools fees for children and other things. When public servants were experiencing salary cuts because of interdictions, they lost their homes, cars and their children’s future.
They plummeted into instant destitution. People lost their livelihoods. Families crumbled. What was disheartening was that in many cases, these workers are ultimately exonerated by the courts or disciplinary tribunals. When they are cleared, the harm suffered is usually irreparable. Even if one is reimbursed all their dues, it is difficult to almost impossible to get one’s life back to normal.
There is a reasoning that members of the security sector should be held to very high standards of discipline and moral compass. This is true. However, other more senior public servants such as judges, permanent secretary to the President and ministers have faced suspensions, interdictions and or criminal charges in the courts but were placed on full salaries.
The yardstick against which security sector officers are held cannot be higher than the aforementioned public officials. It just wouldn’t make sense. They are in charge of the security and operate in a very sensitive area, but cannot in anyway be held to higher standards that prosecutors, magistrates, judges, ministers and even senior officials such as permanent secretaries.
Moreover, jail guards, police officers and soldiers, have unique harsh punishments which deter many of them from committing misdemeanors and serious crimes. So, the argument that if the suspension or interdiction with full pay is introduced it would open floodgates of lawlessness is illogical.
Security Sector members work in very difficult conditions. Sometimes this drives them into depression and other emotional conditions. The truth is that many seldom receive proper and adequate counseling or such related therapies. They see horrifying scenes whilst on duty. Jail guards double as hangmen/women.
Detectives attend to autopsies on cases they are dealing with. Traffic police officers are usually the first at accident scenes. Soldiers fight and kill poachers. In all these cases, their minds are troubled. They are human. These conditions also play a part in their behaviors. They are actually more deserving to be paid full salaries when they’re facing allegations of misconduct.
To withhold up to 50 percent of the police, prison workers and the military officers’ salaries during their interdiction or suspensions from work is punitive, insensitive and prejudicial as we do not do the same for other employees employed by the government.
The rest enjoy their full salaries when they are at home and it is for a good reason as no one should be made to suffer before being found blameworthy. The ruling party seems to have taken a position to negate the Bills and the collective opposition argue in the affirmative. The debate have just began and will continue next week Thursday, a day designated for Private Bills.