We are consumers of war

The growing profitability of the arms industry has not gone unnoticed by fund managers more generally. The Canada Pension Plan (CPP), to which every Canadian earning a paycheque must contribute, holds in excess of $1 billion in investments in thirty-seven of the world’s top one hundred arms-producing companies. I could easily fill the next one hundred pages of this book with the ominous holdings of some of North America’s most respected investment plans, but it would only be restating the obvious: we are consumers of war.

Damned Nations by Samantha Nutt, MD. Page 37

No matter what sign they see they still won’t believe

It is certainly We Who have revealed the Reminder (the Qur’an), and it is certainly We Who will preserve it.

Indeed, We sent messengers before you ˹O Prophet˺ among the groups of early peoples,

but no messenger ever came to them without being mocked.

This is how We allow disbelief ˹to steep˺ into the hearts of the wicked.

They would not believe in this ˹Quran˺ despite the ˹many˺ examples of those ˹destroyed˺ before.

And even if We opened for them a gate to heaven, through which they continued to ascend,

still they would say, “Our eyes have truly been dazzled! In fact, we must have been bewitched.

Al-Qur’an, Chapter 15 (Al-Hijr), Verses 9 to 15

A lesson for people of insight

Do you not see that Allah gently drives the clouds, then joins them together, piling them up into masses, from which you see raindrops come forth? And He sends down from the sky mountains ˹of clouds˺ loaded with hail, pouring it on whoever He wills and averting it from whoever He wills. The flash of the clouds’ lightning nearly takes away eyesight.

Allah alternates the day and night. Surely in this is a lesson for people of insight.

And Allah has created from water every living creature. Some of them crawl on their bellies, some walk on two legs, and some walk on four. Allah creates whatever He wills. Surely Allah is Most Capable of everything.

We have indeed sent down revelations clarifying ˹the truth˺. But Allah ˹only˺ guides whoever He wills to the Straight Path.

The Holy Quran – Chapter 24 (Al-Noor, The Light) – Verses 43-46 – Translation: Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran