Seeing that we are exposed to disturbing scenes every time we check the news, we have almost become desensitized to it. It is our duty to help those who are facing oppression, and they too expect our support, hence, we must not let them down. To give with all your might would be a gift for them, and a great reward for you from The One who does not forget!
As Muslims striving in the cause of Allah, we should have our own criterion to determine if our society is in a positive state or in a decline. We should not depend on rulers or mass media which are not always honest or may be under coercive measures and far from independent to avoid bias or false perceptions. An analysis of history and especially Islamic history can be conducted to investigate this subject. Yet more importantly, the Prophet (SAW) has provided us with many of these barometers in his statements and actions, that provide a wonderful criterion to judge our neighborhood or even the world as a whole.