The siege of the Quraysh and the art of coping with financial crises

A photo of the House of Representatives in the new administrative capital (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed)

When the disbelievers of the Quraysh surrounded the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, and his honorable companions in the people of Abu Talib for 3 years and cut off their food and drink to the extent that they ate the leaves of the tree and the bark, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was living a coercive life among his comrades, suffering with them the pain of hunger, thirst, and the all-encompassing economic boycott, and sleeping on the ground.

The Messenger did not separate from his companions for a single day, but shared with them the years of commercial siege, material pain, isolation, oppression and injustice. He did not live a luxurious life among people dying of hunger, in the face of the threat of genocide and mass starvation.

And when Mexico faced a severe economic crisis in 2018, the first decision taken by President Lopez Obrador was the sale of the luxury presidential plane Boeing 787, with which his predecessor was traveling, among other austerity measures that were implemented first for the presidency and then the government.

When Mexico faced a severe economic crisis in 2018, President Lopez Obrador’s first decision was to sell the luxury Air Force One.

He also decided to sell a large fleet of other aircraft at a public auction, including 39 government-owned helicopters and 33 small aircraft, with proceeds from the sale to support government hospitals.

Indeed, at the height of the financial crisis, Obrador offered to rent a luxury presidential jet for weddings, holidays and birthdays, to get a return through which wheat, food, medicine and medical supplies would be bought for the poor. A very poor country. “

Not only that, the President of Mexico decided not to go abroad in an attempt to save on presidential expenses. In case he traveled for needs to attend the annual meetings of the United Nations, for example, he would use commercial aviation like any citizen.

When Malawi’s economy was on the verge of collapse and the country of Southeast Africa was facing a severe financial crisis that almost devastated the country, head of state Joyce Banda sold the luxury presidential jet that her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika had bought, with the intention of buying wheat, corn and other foodstuffs to feed more than a million A person suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, and sharing a portion of the proceeds from sales for crop cultivation and grain production.

The Malawian president not only took austerity measures to support her country’s economy and cope with the financial crisis, but also cut her salary by 30% and vowed to sell 60 Mercedes cars used by the government. It also implemented a number of other austerity measures, including streamlining government spending.

Malawi’s president has sold a luxury presidential jet to buy wheat, corn and other foodstuffs to feed more than a million hungry and poor people.

This approach was followed by the leaders of other poor African and developing countries, who abandoned the privileges of the presidency and manifestations of luxury, extravagance and deceptive power, and pursued a policy of austerity and the sale of presidential palaces and planes, and preferred to reside in modest homes regardless of the feelings of their people and fought against major manifestations of corruption and pursued bribery scandals within their own countries.

Among them is Senegalese President Macky Sall, who implemented austerity policies, one of its most prominent features being the rationalization of public spending, including presidential spending and the abolition of ministerial financial privileges. He will not use the presidential plane to rationalize spending.

In general, when countries face economic and financial crises, governments and their governing systems move quickly to address them, so that they do not escalate and become difficult to deal with as greenery burns and dries up. , and the citizen enters the furnace of extreme poverty and the economy is in a cycle of bankruptcy.

And the beginning is by convincing the leader of his people and his flock practically that he is with them in the same boat as the Prophet Muhammad did, peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, with his companions during the imposed economic siege. by the disbelievers of the Quraysh upon them for a period of 3 years.

This will be followed by practical steps, including the sale of luxury presidential aircraft, the ban on the construction of luxury palaces and government buildings, the rationalization of government spending, and the ban on the construction of any luxury buildings.

The hungry and the poor are not happy that the country has the largest mosque, the church, the presidential palace, the largest parliament seat, the opera and art house and the tallest hotel in the world.

A hungry and poor citizen is not happy that the state has the largest mosque, a church, a presidential palace, the largest parliament headquarters, an opera house and art house, the tallest hotel in the world, an artificial sea in its shores, and an air-conditioned electric train for the elite, while the vast majority of the population lives on the shores of poverty and high prices.Unemployment and coincidence.

On the contrary, the citizen is satisfied with the availability of his basic needs such as food, beverages, housing, public human transport, health care and education, and that the government prohibits the implementation of brutal economic policies.

And that governments abandon the role of mediator and usurer who trades in living crises, or that their biggest concern is to seize the largest amount of money from the citizen in the form of taxes, fees and price increases, and even rob everything in the pocket of the citizen even if he is poor and needy.

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