Great Obstacle lies before great goals

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | November 29, 2015, p. 10

William Blake once said: "Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street," This is quite true. It is a fact that to achieve some great goal, great acts are needed. It is only after scaling the heights of a mountain that one reaches the top. Just raising slogans or making speeches at big gatherings does not result in great work being accomplished.

In order to undertake any great work and bring it to its conclusion, it is necessary that we try to estimate and understand the situation thoroughly. It is necessary that we be willing to take stock of our resources and external possibilities and only then go ahead. We must fully grasp the fact that, when we begin our journey, we are going to confront many other travelers on our way.

We should also be willing to make every sacrifice that our cause entails; this may mean expenditure of time and money; it may mean the relinquishing of opinions or the suppression of emotions. Sometimes we have to reckon with others, and sometimes it is ourselves that we have to reckon with. There are times when we can walk and time when we can only halt in our steps.

No great goal is ever realized without facing difficulties, without surmounting great obstacles. The entire process involves a great struggle. Activity that benefits the coming generations when we have passed away, which shapes our future, which changes the course of history – demands untiring struggle and infinite wisdom. Those who think that organizing processions and raising slogans is all that is required are grossly underestimating the importance of the task at hand. Such actions serve only to worsen the situation .They cannot produce any enduring benefit for posterity.