Dear Mr.Editor Brother,
Good Day!!!
Mr. Bra-Rabbit with me says that, “FEELINGS AND MERE FIGMENTS OF THE IMAGINATIONS ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR FACTS AND TRUTH.” Mr. Bra-Rabbit is who he is, any body can pick up his/her pen or sit infront of the computer and write (just as Steve Biko put it:) “I write what I like” or we can put it as , “I say what I like.” Since we are in a democratic world, we all have our own ways of putting forward our thoughts but the Truth; its a freedom of opinion and speech….. I as for one, I have nothing against that, when something comes up, we can debate on it, either agree or disagree on it completely or only on some points- thats normal if only we do it with honesty. No matter what the resuls, we can always come back to the only Truth that “WE ARE ALL GAMBINS!!!” As I put it, “The Gambia we already have, now what we need is Genuine Gambians.”
Allow me to lift the pen here, its time for some chow…You’re invited.
SB SABALLY

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TO BE RIGHT, BE WILLING TO ADMIT YOU ARE WRONG.

“ONE MUST NOT HESITATE TO CORRECT ONESELF
ESPECIALLY WHEN ONE FINDS ONE HAS MADE A MISTAKE.”

“Bismillah-ir–Rahman-ir–Raheem,
Al-Hamdu  Lillahi  Rabbil-‘Alamin.
Allah!-Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Lord of the Supreme Throne!”

First and foremost, to The Gambia  and  The Gambians, I’m saying, “As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum  wa Rahmatullah  wa Barakaatuhu,  —I am, at present quite well, and hope I shall continue so for a long time. I hope you (Gambians) are (all) quite well; I, at present, am blessed with that inestimable treasure, i.e. Good Health; which I trust will not be withdrawn from me, for a long time. I pray for you the same.
Mr. Bra-Rabbit  says, “THE GAMBIA, WE ALREADY HAVE. NOW WHAT WE NEED IS GENUINE GAMBIANS.”

Leadership is sacrifice!
Leadership is hard work, toil, blood and tears.
Of all the gifts on earth that there could ever be…
The one I cherish most of all is the love I have for The Gambia and The Gambians.
I love The Gambia.
That’s never changed, nor never will.
It’s deep in me, like something I were born with,
That I can’t cut out no more than I can cut out my own heart.
Be it in the grave or the prison—nothing’s changed. I’m Gambian born.
I’m always and ever a Gambian.

GAMBIANS…
Gambia, we already have. Now what we need is Genuine Gambians!!!
We’ve both got—responsibilities.
To the world.  To The Gambia.
But there’s  another responsibility—to what we FEEL.
Right or Wrong.
That can’t be denied, just so much as all those other things.
Gambia is all to us, Gambians, sky and air and earth and water, all that life is.
The Gambia is our night and day.
There’s no denying that.

GAMBIANS…
Truth hurts, Violence kills.
We’ve both got—responsibilities.
To the world. To The Gambia.
To Speak for the Voiceless…who had been stripped of their civil rights.
This is the time for us to stand up and defend the democracy that we believe in where each man is created equal in the eyes of the law.
Like the German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the years before World War II; we must:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
For the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
Defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
This is the time for us to stand up and defend the democracy that we believe in where each man is created equal in the eyes of the law.

Gambians!
Who does not love his country and people?
My heart is full of love for The Gambia and Gambians.
And I love this Gambia of ours so much that
I cannot think of living elsewhere than in the Gambia.
I have been born here and I shall die here, Insha-Allah.
But separation from The Gambia I cannot endure.

I don’t mind any trouble I may go through,
I don’t give a damn if the whole world turns against me because of The Gambia.
I won’t blink if I am being persecuted because of the love I have for The Gambia.
I’m in True Love with The Gambia.
A day without thinking about The Gambia is incomplete in my life.
I vow, I won’t surrender in any way I promise.
I will not surrender, I will not retreat.

Gambians! Gambians! Gambians!
Suppose you’re asked if you are feeling any anger toward the people (ANYBODY) who (might have) betrayed you, what would you say?
What a big question! Ah, no anger! Anger is like rust in the heart. It destroys not the enemy but him who is angry. So, why do we have to help the enemy destroy ourselves?  The only way we can conquer our feelings is to forgive and pray for our enemies daily—which I do! It is even said that, “Pray for those who spitefully used you.”  I am neither discourteous, harsh nor a noise-maker in the markets, and I do not do evil to those who do evil to me, but I deal with them with forgiveness, prayer, and kindness. We must restrain ourselves from any mischief, pride, and every kind of evil, for our higher life is based on our probation on this very earth.

When people hurt us and then apologize, we may say that we forgive them.
But like a DOG  that won’t give up its BONE, we may let our mind continue to chew on past insults.

Love thinks no  evil.  An accountant keeps the recording of figures in a book. Love does the opposite—it does not keep a record of wrongs. Instead, love forgives and refuses to keep it on the books.
If you want to remember something, you go over it again and again—like a child reviewing his spelling words. But love deliberately and consciously let’s go of past hurts and gives them to God.
It was said of one religious leader, “He never forgot slights done to him, which was his fundamental weakness. He might bury the hatchet for a time, but gave the impression of always marking the spot.”

Many would say that “Revenge is Sweet!” How about that? What do you think?
People differ in their thoughts and actions. And Allah has said that “And indeed whoever takes revenge after he has suffered wrong, for such there is no way (of blame) against them.” But I’d say that “The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness.” It is said that “repay no one evil for evil.” I’m sure all of us have experienced: If we don’t counter insult for insult or hurt for hurt, we’ll get stepped on. For some people, like myself, there are problems with trying to “get back” at someone. We lower ourselves to the level of the person who irritates / hurts us. This makes us vulnerable because we violate the principles of faith, humanity and love. Revenge appeals to our lower instincts rather than to the high strategy of goodness in good and genuine human beings.
The word of God is very clear: Getting even is never the answer. “’Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.’ Says the Lord”

So what are we to do when someone offends us as it is said that—-“eye for eye…”?
WHEN  SOMEONE  DOES  YOU  WRONG,  DO  WHAT’S  RIGHT—LOVE  HIM.  “We must continue doing good, and let God handle vengeance in his perfect time and way. Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. And Allah said in the Holy-Qur’an: “…and when they are angry, forgive.” “…but whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is with Allah….” “And verily, whoever shows patience and forgives, that would truly, be from the things recommended by Allah.”

Gambians! Gambians! Gambians!

IT  DOESN’T  TAKE  GREAT  PEOPLE  TO  DO  GREAT  THINGS—JUST  UNSELFISH  ONES.”

WHO IS TO BLAME?
[REF: Mr. Mathew K. Jallow’s reminder for having put Yahya Jammeh at the top…”] I am willing to assume the responsibility for putting Yahya Jammeh at the top…If anything, I would take the blame. This is one of the rarest traits in human nature, for we usually seek to put the blame on someone else.
If you point a finger at me and say, “You were on the wrong side…” And I also reply, “No, you are to blame…” The argument can go on for ages without solution.
One of the hardest things to learn is to take the blame, to say, “I was wrong,” or “I am sorry.” Why is this anyway? It is not always deliberate dishonesty. The real reason is simply that we look at it only from our own perspective. If we could calmly look at it from the other person’s point of view, it might appear entirely different.
FEELINGS AND MERE FIGMENTS OF THE IMAGINATION ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR FACTS AND TRUTH.
There are two sides to everything. You can never see both sides until you stop accusing and humbly listen to the other person instead. To solve a conflict or misunderstanding, you need to be willing to take the blame.
TO BE RIGHT, BE WILLING TO ADMIT YOU ARE WRONG.

FINGER-POINTING
You can’t point your finger at someone without pointing at yourself. Try it right now. Extend your index finger and thumb in a pointing position away from you, and then notice in which direction the other three fingers are pointing. They point directly back at you.
Remember that the next time you point out the faults of someone else. Instead of jumping to conclusions, we should give the person the benefit of the doubt and reserve our judgment until all the facts can be known.
Under the Mosaic Law, no charges could be brought against anyone unless there were two or three reliable witnesses. Jesus (Essa) echoed that standard when he taught how to deal with someone who offends against you.
So if someone has wronged you, first go to the person alone to seek reconciliation instead of badmouthing him before others. If the person refuses to admit his wrong and turned from it, then involve others to resolve the situation. And if someone passes a slanderous comment to you, refuse to pass it further. Instead, encourage the talebearer to follow these Biblical steps.
God’s children are to be channels of true and sincere love and truth, not maliciousness and lies.
Your Word instructs us not to judge;
So, Lord, we humbly pray,
Restrain our lips when we would speak
Those things we should not say.
SLANDER SEEKS TO DESTROY, BUT REBUKE SEEKS TO RESTORE.

TWO DEAD SPARROWS
Mr. Bra-Rabbit says, “If you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”
I was cruising along the highway at about 60 miles an hour when up ahead I saw two sparrows in a fierce battle at the side of the road. With feathers flying, they attacked each other with great fury.
As my car approached, they became locked in combat. Together they rose in the air and fluttered blindly into the path of the car. With a violent thud they smashed against the windshield, leaving a smear of blood and feathers. They were so preoccupied with their battle that they were blind to more serious dangers. Their quarrel cost them their lives.
How often we act like those two sparrows! We fail to realize that in a fight no one ever wins. Both are losers. We carry grudges, and our irritations get blown out of proportion. I don’t know what those two sparrows were fighting over, but it wasn’t worth dying for. Neither are our quarrels.
Learn a lesson from the sparrows. Forget your grievances, be ready to forgive, and admit it when you’re wrong. Ask Allah to produce in you “love, joy, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
When you feel like fighting, remember those two dead sparrows by the road side!
O My God, please change my heart,
And give me a new desire;
I want to be a man of peace,
Not controlled by anger’s fire.
WHEN YOU LASH OUT AT OTHERS,
YOU’RE SURE TO HURT YOURSELF.

Mr. Bra-Rabbit says, “One must not hesitate to correct oneself especially when one finds one has made a mistake.”

[REF: Mr. Mathew K. Jallow’s reminder for having put Yahya Jammeh at the top…”]
If anything, I would take the blame.
GAMBIANS!!! GAMBIANS!!! GAMBIANS!!!
I AM SORRY!!! I AM SORRY!!! I AM SORRY!!!
Please, forgive overlook and forget…
I hope this misunderstanding is no exception…
Please, believe me, I never meant to hurt “YOU.”
When two people are as close as we are, sometimes words are said that weren’t intended to hurt, and things are done that were never meant to upset, and yet they do. I’m not going to make excuses or try to explain what happened.
I forgive you. Will you forgive me?
PLEASE, FORGIVE, OVERLOOK AND FORGET.

Gambians! Gambians! Gambians!

WE now can pray a short prayer (Dua’):
“In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. May Allah Almighty guide us to His Straight Path in all our activities. May He give us Faith, hope, and trust in Allah, and in His benevolent government of the world. May He give us devotion and service in practical life. May He also give us love and practice of truth, in thought and intention, word and deed; patience and constancy, in suffering and in right endeavour, humility, the avoidance of an attitude of arrogance and superiority and protect us from the misleading trials; the apparent and the hidden ones. We pray Allah to grant us true and firm adherence to Islam and make us die therein.
“Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not into our hearts any Hatred or Rancour (or sense of injury) against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of Kindness, Most Merciful.
“May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Holy-Prophet, Muhammed (S.A.W.) and his family. May Allah shower His blessings upon him.
May Allah the Almighty grant us all, the understanding and the guidance to fulfill our duties and rights to one another, in the manner that has been explained to us by the Holy-Prophet ( S.A.W.) and may He create the bond of true and sincere unity between us all.
Aameen !!! Aameen !!! Aameen!!!

Sana-Bairo SABALLY
Monday, December 25, 2006

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