Once there were two students walking along a river. During their conversation, one
of them just so happened to glance over at something floating in the river. It did not take
long for him to realize that it was a baby! Without hesitation he jumped
into the river to save the infant from drowning. When he jumped in he realized that there
were at least ten more in his immediate area, all of them screaming and crying as they
Quite naturally he started screaming to the other student. "Help! C'mon man! Get in
here! Look at all of these babies! We gotta help 'em!" The other student, however, kept
walking upstream, despite noticing a river full of babies, with more and
more floating downstream.
For every one that the first student saved, eight passed him. There were just too
many. "C'mon man! Don't you have a heart?! I can't grab all of these babies alone!"
The second student replied, "I'm going upstream to find out who's throwing all of
these babies in the river."
The point of this short story is to demonstrate the importance of going to the source
of the problem to have a greater impact.
Many people address each of society's social ailments as separate entities. Thus we find
numerous organizations that target a specific poison......The solution to racism, spouse
abuse, child abuse, crime, pollution, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and
other social ills is one. Each problem does not require it's own organizations and groups
to eliminate it. The solutions for all of these is one. That one, is Islam. The list below is
just a small example of how Islam addresses each and every problem