GOOSE SENSE
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GOOSE SENSE

Today the ummah lies in a state of unprecedented fragmentation which seems to continue relentlessly and unabated. We all want to work for the upliftment of Islam but instead of working together everyone seems to be doing their ‘own thing’ resulting in fruitless efforts and poor productivity. The infighting amongst ourselves further aggravate and impede our progress in this regard. This could well be the ploy of the enemies of Islam as once said by George Curzon, the former British Foreign Minister,

 “We must put an end to anything which brings about any Islamic unity between the sons of the Muslims. As we have already succeeded in finishing off the Khilafah, so we must ensure that there will never arise again unity for the Muslims, whether it be intellectual or cultural unity.”

Thus as evident from the above, the disunity of Muslims is something coveted by its enemies but do we allow them to gain the upper hand or do we rise above them and prove them wrong? Do we succumb to their sinister plots and plans and continue fighting amongst ourselves over trivialities or do we fight back?

 The solution is that if our common goal is the upliftment of Islam then we need to work together.

If we closely study geese when they head south for the winter, flying in a "V" formation, we would be amazed to learn what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.  From here we learn that:
 

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. Here we learn that:
 

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
The lesson here is:

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What message do we give when we honk from behind?

Finally - and this is important - when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group.
 

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that and not allow any external forces to disrupt or impede our progress.

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