May 17, 2021


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The population of the United States is growing at a very slow pace

Although the population growth of the United States has been very slow for the last 90 years since 1930, it has slowed down in the last decade (2010-2020).The U.S. Census Bureau reported the information on Monday.Note that the US census is held every 10 years. This is part of the report completed last year.
According to the report, on April 1 last year (US Census Day), the population of the United States was 331.5 million, or 331.5 million. That’s only 7.4% more than 10 years ago. And this is the second lowest increase in any decade since the census began in 1890. In 1930 it was 7.3%. Even during the Great Depression, population growth has not slowed down. One of the main reasons why population growth has stagnated over the past decade is that the majority of whites have lost the ability to bear children due to old age, and another is the tightening of immigration practices.

Population disparities have led to changes in congressional districts in several states. Increased in Republican states. Democrat states, on the other hand, have lost seats. New York State lost one seat to just 69. For the first time in 60 years, New York lost a seat in the House of Representatives. Now New York has 27 seats. A total of 435 seats in the House of Representatives are shared in this way after the census every 10 years.

Christine Coslap, a technical expert at the U.S. Census Bureau, said the number of seats in New York State would have increased by 26 if there were 69 more people than before. Many feel that this is due to the fact that many people did not take part in the census due to the Corona epidemic.

Texas, on the other hand, has increased by two seats. One in Florida, but not in Arizona. California also lost a seat.

BD-Daily / Salah Uddin

5. Self-protection from injustice: Fasting not only teaches tolerance towards others, but also a way to protect oneself from injustice. Maryam (AS) was told to avoid the ugly questions and unjust behavior of the society, ‘If you see any of the people, say so, I have vowed to fast for the sake of mercy. So today I will not talk to any human being at all. ‘(Surah: Maryam, verse: 26)

. Inspiration for holiness: Fasting inspires people to live a sinless holy life. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever stays awake at night in Ramadaan with the intention of reward (Taraaweeh and Tahajjud), Allaah forgives all his previous sins.’ (Sunan al-Nasaa’i, hadeeth: 2202).

. Social Harmony: Fasting removes hatred from people’s hearts. So harmony and love are created in the society. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Ramadaan is a month of patience. Fasting for three days every month removes anger and hatred from the heart. ‘(Musnad Ahmad)

. Self-protection from fitna: By fasting, the servant is saved from fitna and chaos. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘The fitnah that people fall into when it comes to their family, wealth, children, neighbors; Prayers, fasting, almsgiving, (justice) orders and the prohibition of injustice removes it. ‘(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 525)


What to do in building an ideal society

It is necessary to observe fasting properly for the benefit of the aforesaid welfare. Jabir (ra) used to say, ‘When you fast, keep your ears, your eyes, your tongue from lying and haraam. You stop hurting your neighbor and all you need is stability and a calm mind. Let your fast and the day without fasting not be equal. ‘(Khawatin Hour Ramzanul Mubarak, page 17)

May Allah bless everyone to fast properly. Amen.

Author: Former Chief Scientific Officer

Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, Dhaka