Dear Dr. Saab, Salamun Alaikum,
I agree with you. The situation is of unimaginable proportion. On one side, we have nations actively accumulating and hoarding wealth, 80% of which gets sucked up by a handful few; on the other side, a child dies of malnutrition every six seconds. By the time people will end reading this post, between 6 to 12 children would have died. It really hurts to know that when I am eating the best of food, people are dieing for the want of it.
Unfortunately, well fed political leadership will only rant & rave. Under the guise of WTO & trade talks, they will represent their cronies, using deceptive and flowery talk which is normally called diplomacy. Again the idea is to control wealth instead of allowing free flow. Yet they call it open economy. In fact the economic system which the world practices currently only enhances this. Wealth gets 'created' by those who have the ability to influence the central banks. The trillions of dollars (notional wealth) that got printed to bail out the gluttonous institutions of usury & greed will be employed by the same people to amass more 'real wealth'. They will be used in buying crude, metals, food, estate, mines, etc and will control the masses. The buying capacity of the limited paper money of a common man will diminish still further as the real wealth gets hoarded in the name of futures trading. But as your rightly pointed out, the 'torment' is not far.
In fact, recent history has so many example of God's wrath. The tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands in SE Asia was one such message. One single wave traveling at the speed of a jet plane struck Thailand with unimaginable force. People who died were mostly tourists who were there for sex tourism. New Orleans, known for the nude parades got destroyed by hurricane katrina. During the earthquake that had hit the himalayan ranges in the Indian subcontinent, witnesses in Kashmir saw entire villages sliding down in the valleys and getting crushed under the rubble. China saw a devastating earthquake where a river became a huge lake & caused great destruction. The El Nino & La Nina phenomena that are causing havoc across the world are the latest examples. There are more examples like wildfires in Greece, Australia & US. Phillipines & Taiwan recently got plundered by tornadoes. Just last week, two big states in India saw the worst flooding & devastation in 100 years.
Despite all this fury of nature, people still don't realize the necessity to introspect. Probably the people immersed in hedonism, atheism, paganism, trinity & fatalism don't even know that they are themselves responsible. Some who know either don't care or they shrug their responsibility under the guise of waiting for Mahdi. The Quran rightly points out at 'deaf, dumb & blind' people.
Yet I feel that there is hope. It is because some selfless people like you are working hard to enlighten people with the eternal truth. This work needs to continue, grow and be duplicated in different parts of the world. That's where the leaders of future may come from. Such live examples motivate us youngsters to start on the path. You have correctly observed my heartache for 'implementation'. Only implementation will improve the state of affairs. The beginners of today may become the leaders of tomorrow, by Allah's grace.
I read this somewhere, 'followers are waiting, where's the leader?' (quite true for Mahdi waiters, though!)
73:19 This Qur’an is a reminder, a giver of eminence. So, whoever wills, let him set out on a way to his Lord.