Based on Friday Khutba by Imam Arafi, on Aug 3 2007, at the Islamic
Association of North Texas, Dallas Central Mosque. Compiled and expanded
Dr. Adel Elsaie
35W Bridge Collapse LIVE VIDEO ACTUAL
A bridge in Minnesota tragically collapsed on August 1, 2007, killing an
unknown number of innocent people. As reported by the Associated Press:
The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, was in
the midst of repairs when the bridge buckled during the evening rush
hour Wednesday. Dozens of cars plummeted more than 60 feet into the
Mississippi River, some falling on top one of another. A school bus sat
at an angle on the concrete.
Those that are interested can see
pictures of the catastrophe at Hot Air.
According to a report card released in 2005 by the American Society of
Civil Engineers (ASCE),
160,570 bridges, or just over one quarter of
the nation's 590,750 bridge inventory, were rated structurally deficient
or functionally obsolete.
The nation's bridges are being called upon to serve a population
that has grown from 200 million to over 300 million since the time the
first vehicles rolled across the I-35W bridge. Predictably that has
translated into lots more cars. American commuters now spend 3.5 billion
hours a year stuck in traffic, at a cost to the economy of $63.2 billion
America's gross domestic product in 2006 was $13.2 trillion-we can
afford to have world-class infrastructure. As a stepping off point, we
should insist that our elected representatives publicly acknowledge the
risk of neglecting the bridges, roads and the other essential hardware
that goes into making a modern civilization. Then we should hold them
accountable for setting priorities and marshaling the requisite
resources to repair our increasingly brittle society.
The American Society of Civil Engineers warned in a report two years ago
that between 2000 and 2003, more than 27 percent of the nation's almost
600,000 bridges were rated as structurally deficient or functionally
"It will cost 9.4 billion dollars a year for 20 years to eliminate all
bridge deficiencies," the group said, adding that "long-term
under-investment is compounded by the lack of a federal transportation
"America must change its transportation behavior, increase
transportation investment at all levels of government, and make use of
the latest technology," the society's wide-reaching "Report Card for
America's Infrastructure" added.
The organization estimated that 1.6 trillion dollars were needed over a
five-year period to categorize US infrastructure as in good condition.
"This really should be a wake up call for America," Democratic Senate
Majority leader Harry Reid told reporters in Washington. "We have
infrastructure that is deteriorating and deteriorating."
He said ever since the September 11 attacks of 2001, efforts had been
geared to protecting against terrorism rather than maintaining basic
"Since, 9/11 we have simply taken our eye off
the ball," he said.
The war in Iraq could ultimately cost well over a trillion dollars - at
least double what has already been spent-including the long-term costs
of replacing damaged equipment, caring for wounded troops, and aiding
the Iraqi government, according to a new government analysis.
The Bush Admistration spends money on wars,
and killing people, and ignoring the infrastructure in USA. They
are satisfied with bridges that are structurally deficient or
This raise a question in the mind of Muslims and believers:
How many bridges in our life that are
structurally deficient or functionally obsolete?
Bridges of arrogance are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete
Bridges of greed are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete
Bridges of not respecting elders are structurally deficient or
Bridges of accepting Islam, the western way, are structurally deficient
or functionally obsolete
Bridges of Dictatorships are structurally deficient or functionally
Bridges of secularism are structurally deficient or functionally
Bridges of pluralism are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete
Bridges of Islamophobia are structurally deficient or functionally
Bridges of women nakedness are structurally deficient or functionally
Bridges of not following Islam As Taught by Prophet Muhammad are
structurally deficient or functionally obsolete
Bridges of holding to this materialistic world are structurally
deficient or functionally obsolete
God taught us in the Holy Quran to say every day "Show us the straight
way [bridge]", [1,6] at least 17 times.
And Muhammad, the Apostle of God said:
On the Day of Judgment, everyone one will pass over a bridge over
the Hellfire, people will be divided into 3 groups:
1. The first group will pass over the this bridge like lightening
2. The second group will pass over this bridge as slow as their
hesitation in following the true religion.
3. The third group will not pass this bridge, and will fall in