“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as just witnesses, and let not the hatred of others to you make you to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is near to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” (5:8)
1) It should be clearly understood that, justice should be freely available to everyone, be it, a leader of a country or a layman, a Muslim or non-Muslim and be it people of ‘green’ or ‘blue’ party. For this is the command of our Lord, Cherisher and Creator. His directive is that no discrimination should spoil our conduct. We should not give preference to anyone!
2) It is the nature of the arrogant, to fanatically advocate his party or view on certain issues against those of “different color” though it is evident to him that the truth might not be with him. They will, in any means, strive to manipulate facts or news so that it may appear to the people what it apparently not. Everything will be politicized. If a man of a red party speaks about something, a man of a blue party will try “bermati-matian” to deviate it to a wrong direction in search of popularity and supports, though later he might change his stand. That is why it is not surprise in politics to see a man who used to be labeled as “Maha Firaun” by his enemy, but now has a comfortable spot among his ex-enemies since he changed his “color” though the previous issue which led him to be labeled as such is still not settled.
3) An issue is judge with sentiment and prejudice. A fair and balance approach to a matter is left behind. Everything bad about his enemy will be propagated in his gathering. He overlooks the reminder from Allah about the hypocrites & teaching of the Holy Prophet;
“O you who believe if a hypocrite comes to you and bring news, investigate it…” Quran
“It is enough for a man to be called as a liar, if he tells (the people) everything he heard” Imam Muslim
4) It should be plain to all of us now, that truth is always the truth and falsehood will not ever escape falsity. Truth can always come from a foe, fasiq or even non-Muslim and should be treated accordingly. One might err in most aspects, but that will not make him wrong all the time. Islam does not deny the right & existence of a man regardless of colors and beliefs. The truth inclines to nobody. Not all things voiced out by the so-called secular people are vain. After the first battle of Badar the Prophet even offered the jahilliyah war-captives to teach Muslims of various aspects before being liberated. Even it happened to Abu Hurayrah r.a who learned Ayat al-Kursi from a satan. It was narrated that one day while Abu Hurayrah was in duty to watch over the zakah assets,he caught a man who tried to steel some foods. Amazingly this culprit taught Abu Hurayrah some verses from the Quran. To make it short, Abu Hurayrah then met the Prophet and told Him what has just happened to him. The Prophet then replied;
“ He told you the truth though he is actually a great liar! He is the satan” Al-Bukhari
5) In short, fanaticism and chauvinism have no place in Islam. A man or news should be judged fairly with a non-judgmental state of mind. An issue should be assessed in terms of its soundness and should be accepted readily regardless how “secular” he who voiced it out, and a falsehood should not be overlooked no matter how green (islamic) he is.
Be just: that is near to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do. (AQ 5:8)
December 22nd, 2007