Let Bygones Be Bygones

The NCP has gone and left behind a heavy political, economic and social burden that the new leaders of freedom, democracy and change have to shoulder. Sudan is now divided among political parties and armed movements with opposing and diverse agendas and ideologies which make it difficult to find common ground among them. And hence establish a set of guiding principles around which they can organize and move forward together. The situation really requires wisdom and vision to contain and control, otherwise the chaos and instability spread and destroys everyone and everything. When all hell breaks loose, there will be no survivor then. 
It seems that the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and the Freedom and Change Declaration Forces (FCDF) have an axe to grind with the NCP and its previous partners. They are taking a tough, rough and hostile stance towards them from the very beginning. They made it clear in their political speeches that they wouldn’t let the NCP and its allies have representation in governance institutions during the transitional period. Moreover, they called for dismantling all the institutions of the NCP within the country whether they are civil or military in an attempt to blow the cobwebs away overnight. These institutions belong to the State and the whole Sudanese people and should be secured and safeguarded.
Yes, people have had grievances and resentments but it is not time to get revenge or sort it out. It is time to bury the hatchet and look into the concerns and issues of the ordinary people who sacrificed their blood and lives to realize their legitimate hopes and aspirations. It is time to listen to the moaning of the patients who have been ridden with pain inside hospitals lacking basic services and infrastructures.SPA and FCDF should bear in their mind that the true reasons behind the popular movement that brought down the 30-year old regime were related to living rather than political motives. Therefore the priorities of the transitional government should be given to alleviating the living burdens placed on the shoulder of the ordinary man. Then it doesn’t matter who rules or governs Sudan. If they fail to meet this demand, they will surely ride the same train on which they came to power. The SPA should not forget its fundamental role in lifting all the forms of injustice inflicted on professionals under the former regime. Moreover, they should not turn their backs to the principles on which the SPA was founded. Those principles safeguard the rights of the workers who were crushed by poverty. Salaries and wages paid to them cannot satisfy the basic needs of a family for one week. Most of the public sector employees suffer humiliation at the hands of shops owners who despise and look down upon them whenever they make excuses for failing to settle their debts at the end of every month.
Negotiations between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the political forces to form a new government are still ongoing at the time of writing this article. A government of technocrats free from politicians is expected to be announced soon. Political and economic reforms should be the urgent issues on the policy platform of the new government. However, the success of this government depends entirely on political stability which is the full responsibility of all the political parties along with the armed movements. They should forget their bitter feelings and overlook causes of conflict among them. “ let bygones be bygones” should be adopted as a motto under which they work together. They say “to err is human, to forgive divine”.Political rivals and opponents should hold out an olive branch and wipe the slate clean.
In such circumstances, tolerance, forgiveness and forbearance are needed to promote love and peace among all people. They are qualities which ensure success and prosperity in this world as well as in the hereafter. The Quran and the Islamic history mentioned many events that show shining examples of them. Allah Almighty says, “ (O Prophet),good and evil are not equal. Repel (evil) with that which is good, and you will see that he, between whom and you there was enmity, shall become as if he were a bosom friend ( of yours) ”.Surah Fussilat 41:34.(Here the Prophet (peace be upon him) was taught this recipe for breaking the opposition. First, it was said that goodness and evil are not equal. For, in the first place, the good has a power of its own which wins the hearts.Second, it was said that evil should be resisted not by the mere good but by a superior good, as if to say: If a person treats you unjustly and you forgive him, it is the mere good. The superior good is that you treat the one who ill-treats you with kindness and love.  The result would be that your worst enemy would become your closest friend, for that is human nature itself. If you remain quiet in response to an abuse, it will be mere goodness but it will not silence the abuser. But if you express good wishes for him in response to his abuses, even the most shameless opponent will feel ashamed, and then would hardly ever be able to employ invectives against you. If a person doesn’t miss any opportunity to harm you, and you go on tolerating his excesses, it may well make him even bolder in his mischief. But if on an occasion he gets into trouble and you come to his rescue, he will fall down at your feet, for no mischief can hold out against goodness. (see Towards Understanding the Quran-Islamic Foundation UK) In view of this, let us see how Yusuf(Joseph) forgave his brothers “No blame lies with you today. ”and expressed good wishes for them “May Allah forgive you.” in response to their abuses and excesses. Allah Almighty says in his holy book : “ He replied : No blame lies with you today. May Allah forgive you. He is the Most Merciful of all those that are merciful.” Surah Yusuf 12:92. Yusuf (peace be upon him) responded with kindness and an exceptional superior good to the brutality and atrocity of his stepbrothers. They plotted their conspiracy against him just out of jealousy as he was favoured and privileged over them by his father ( Jacob) .“ So either kill Joseph or cast him into some distant land so that your father’s attention may become exclusively yours. And after so doing become righteous.” Surah Yusuf 12:9.

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