Do not Block Roads: An Open Letter to the General Public

Do not Block Roads: An Open Letter to the General Public

By Younus Rashid

Dear People,
I took this open platform to reach the maximum people for conveying my suggestion with hope welling within me that we will get together to put this bad custom at bay. People usually block busy roads to get their demands fulfilled or to protest against anything. Upon being asked why they do so, their response is invariably along the following lines: “we have some genuine demands, and we want a solution from the concerned authorities”.
As people block roads for their demands or needs, they make others suffer for hours, and at the same time, they claim to be the modest people of the 21st century, it sounds illogical because their actions makes hundreds and thousands tsuffer. It is not a good sign of modesty. We should have a sense of self-belonging towards our own society.
Most of the times, travelers, especially office-goers, students and many other people who have to reach their destinations on time, get stuck in traffic jams after people take to roads to register their protest. No doubt, people have a right to protest and assemble without arms. However, roads needs to be spared from all this as it leads to a loss of precious time.
My suggestion to people facing any type of problems in form of non availability of drinking water, outage of electricity or any other issues, is that they must go and hold a demonstration or peaceful protest outside the concerned department. Their demands and grievance will not only get immediate response but also officials facing them will remain more cautious towards their areas. It will further save time and redress problems swiftly.
Coming on roads sometimes costs a lot; ambulances and other emergency squads does not have time to wait. It is time to change the way of demanding and protesting. It is our responsibility to mark the end of this hell on roads; we need to change our mindsets.
By blocking roads, people go against Deen-e-Islam, which does not permit us to block roads. We are Muslims but when we cannot change our way of doings, then we are Muslims by name only. Let us understand this Hadith reported by Abu Barza: I said, “O Prophet of Allah, teach me something that will benefit me.” The Prophet(PBUH), said, “Remove harmful things from the roads of the Muslims” [Sahih Muslim Hadith no. 2618]. This Hadith clearly indicates that, roads should always remain free from barriers.
With regards

—The Author is pursuing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and is Executive Member of All J&K Students Union [AJKSU]. He can be reached at: younusrashid786@gmail.com