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Bridges of Minnesota and Life



Based on Friday Khutba by Imam Arafi, on Aug 3 2007, at the Islamic Association of North Texas, Dallas Central Mosque. Compiled and expanded by:

Dr. Adel Elsaie



35W Bridge Collapse LIVE VIDEO ACTUAL Minneapolis Minnesota



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 a year.

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 obsolete.Photo

"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 program."

"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 infrastructure.

"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 functionally obsolete.

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 functionally obsolete

Bridges of accepting Islam, the western way, are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete

Bridges of Dictatorships are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete

Bridges of secularism are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete

Bridges of pluralism are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete

Bridges of Islamophobia are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete

Bridges of women nakedness are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete

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 Hellfire