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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

When Good Men Do Nothing

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” that’s not just what Edmund Burke said, It is true and absolutely correct. In whichever way you look Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

Time and again those who profess to be good seem to clearly outnumber those who are evil, yet those who are evil seem to prevail far too often. Seldom do numbers determine the outcome, what matter is if those who claim to be good men are willing to stand up and fight for what’s right. We have seen this sad and awful scenario being played out over and over again throughout the world amongst different peoples, and it is happening right here in Maldives today.

When good men do nothing, they get nothing good done. To be good, one must do good. It is sad and disturbing to note that too many good Politicians and the many Independent institutions formed by acts of Majlis to secure and protect sanity in our society are doing nothing. They are standing idly by, they are mere spectators. They are sitting on the sidelines instead of actively participating and working for the good. If good wins, they’d be happy to join in the celebration though they did nothing to produce the victory. If evil wins, they would still as traitors to the constitution and people of Maldives have secured their mean and personally vested interest and claim it was not their apathy that helped produce the undesirable result.

When good men do nothing, evil triumphs, and evil men must be opposed. Allah commands to all those who are good, not just to avoid evil but actively oppose it. All those who do nothing about sin and evil, do in fact help the sin and evil to prevail. One who is silent when evil is around him becomes a partaker with evil. The silence of the people speaks volumes of their indecisiveness and inaction. Their failure to stand up, speak up and speak out permits wicked and evil men to run rampant. The failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude for what is criminally wrong.

To the Police and the Military of the Maldives I have to say "He who is not with the Law is against the Law”. In the fight against evil there is no middle ground, there is no gray area, and no neutrality. Those who are not actively and vigorously fighting against evil are helping evil to triumph. As law enforcement people you know that the Force of Law will catch up with its perpetrators, if now today, tomorrow, and you shall be judged by your own actions.

When good men do nothing, they are no longer good. Many have the mistaken notion that good is merely the absence of doing that which is wrong. Not so! One is good not merely because he does no evil, but because he is actively working for what is good.

The conduct of this government is absolutely shameful. What about those supposedly "good" men who do nothing? Those who stand on the other side and watch the constitution of Maldives is being slandered, crushed and devoured, they cease being innocent bystanders and idle spectators. Their failure to act not only allows evil to triumph, but makes them just as guilty as the spiritual cannibals they refuse to reprove and rebuke. Today, the Chief Judge of the Judiciary of Maldives has been kidnapped on the orders of President Nasheed, tomorrow it may be you, or your loved one. 

Be not deceived; those who fail or refuse to do good in the face of evil are sowing dangerous seeds. They are doing nothing good they are helping evil to win and have ceased being good and have become partakers of the evil they did nothing to stop. And fear not the consequences of opposing the evil of the wrong doers, for Allah favors those who fear Him. 

Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not sit by and do nothing. Stand up and be counted, speak up against evil and speak out against evil men and their evil deeds. A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions, but by his inactions, and in either case; he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." - Martin Luther King, Jr.


  1. Karusathey Mohamed AhmedJanuary 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The good mean you say must stand up and uphold the values they eschew in a free and democratic society. What you say is right. Now is the time to stand up for the gross and blatant disregard for the constitution and say enough is enough. the government is fully entitled and it is fully entitled to take action through due process against any and all injustice.

  2. I have always maintained that President Mohamed Nasheed is a mentally disturbed person. He suffers from a compulsive disorder syndrome related to substance abuse. Though not in it's very final stages when his actions would be erratic and unpredictable, even now he seems to display such unpredictability in day to day affairs as President of Maldives. It's a shame and a very sorry state of affairs. As for us in the international arena, we will do our best. We shall continue our policies of tolerance patiently. To change the head of state or not, to replace the Military tough man or not to identify those perpetrators who violated the constitution and challenged the Supreme Court ruling is a Maldivian responsibility. You decide, we will respect your decision.


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