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Friday, September 11, 2009

Free speech. The audacity of it in a multifaithed nation.

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Dear fellow Muslims and Malaysians.

Ever since the opportunity to blog and express oneself in the cyberspace came into being, we have seen so many take up the new found space and platform to air their grievances and even go tot the extent of attacking all those whom one doesn't agree with and has an 'axe to grind' figuratively speaking.

Even I am prone to do that when I am not happy with the Malay Sultanates for neglecting their responsibilities of looking out over the Islamic affairs of their sovereign states and those under their rule.

So have I voiced out my dissatisfaction's with the ruling elite when they do not put to practice what they preach or propagate over the mainstream media.

In a sense, I am one of those who engages with a form of citizen journalism if we can call blogging for the truth as such but then again, whether one likes to admit it or not, each of us who do blog have our own vested interests and do look out for what we love, treasure and strive for in our own individual ways.

Yet lately, I see so much hate filled blogs mushrooming online under the battle cry of this and that especially those politically fired blogs who do not mince their words and expressions of unbridled disgust against their self imagined or thought to be enemies no matter that they be from the same ilk, background or faith?

This wave of hatred spreading through the blogosphere has breached the unspoken code of ethics that any normal, self respecting opinionated writer or blogger would honor and uphold without any bias if he or she is an honorable person in the first place.

Now where does one stop when it comes to the matter of considerate voicing out of one's opinion without having to be crude or uncouth in one's mode of expression especially online here in cyberspace?

Have we forgotten that as Muslims, each and every word, expression or article that we publish whether it contains the truth or falsehood will be taken into account to be used for or against us in the Yaum al Akhirat @ Hereafter?

Have we who are Muslims forgotten that there are two ever vigilant Malaikats on the right and left of our shoulders each recording the good or bad that we do?

It saddens my heart to see my fellow Muslims waging an unceasing war against fellow Muslims calling each other vile, filthy names here in the blogosphere that we would not even dare to dream of uttering such foul epithets to others at their face!

Do they forget that here we are in the holiest, most sacred month of our short temporal lives?

Does Ramadan mean nothing anymore to these bloggers who curse, insult, rant and rave as they please lambasting their fellow fasting Muslims at will and have no remorse of having descended to the pits of uncouth online barbarism at its worst?

Surely, we can put a stop to all these drudgery that is being stoked and fired up by all the online blogs and so called online free alternative and pro news media?

I see so many online news organizations give room for hatemongers to wage wars against each other in the name of 'free speech'.

Really?

Are we all really, really absolutely free to do as we wish?

Then why is it that we then see some folks resort to suing the pants off each other to avenge their blemished reputations or honor?

Did we lose our sense of self respect and responsibility over our each and every action along the way since taking up this form of 'free speech'?

Where and when does this lunacy end?

When the Malaikatul Maut @ Angel of Death is ready to grasp our souls and wrench it out of our long suffering mortal self?

I really wish that my fellow Muslims and citizens from every walk of faith or creed will cease blasting each other here in the blogosphere and cherish what we have instead of falling prey to our egos.

You can't go blaming the Devil and claim that he made you do it?

Sorry! The horned one and his legions of satans are under lock and key in this sacred holy month of Ramadan.

So you don't get to wriggle your way out of that deep trench of foul mannerisms that you voluntarily threw yourselves in when you started to abuse this new found platform and space of 'free speech' as you claimed and thought it to be so.

Reality check!

We are not free to abuse others.

God Almighty curses those who do so!

Sūra 104: Humaza, or the Scandal-monger

Section 1 (1-9)

1. Waylun likulli humazatin lumazatin

1. Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and-backbiter,


2. Allathee jamaAAa malan waAAaddadahu

2. Who pileth up wealth and layeth it by,


3. Yahsabu anna malahu akhladahu

3. Thinking that his wealth would make him last for ever!


4. Kalla layunbathanna fee alhutamati

4. By no means! He will be sure to be thrown into That which Breaks to Pieces,


5. Wama adraka ma alhutamatu

5. And what will explain to thee That which Breaks to Pieces?


6. Naru Allahi almooqadatu

6. (It is) the Fire of (the Wrath of) Allah kindled (to a blaze),


7. Allatee tattaliAAu AAala al-af-idati

7. The which doth mount (Right) to the Hearts:


8. lnnaha AAalayhim mu/sadatun

8. It shall be made into a vault over them,


9. Fee AAamadin mumaddadatin

9. In columns outstretched.

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This is Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala giving us the warning!

Dare we go against him?

Please.

Think of what we are doing?

Is it worth suffering for in the Narr al Jahannam?

Please refresh our memories. Ponder on what Surah Al Asr has to warn us about?

Sūra 103: ‘Aṣr, or Time through the Ages

Section 1 (1-3)

1. WaalAAasri

1. By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),


2. Inna al-insana lafee khusrin

2. Verily Man is in loss,


3. Illa allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati watawasaw bialhaqqi watawasaw bialssabri

3. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

Sadaqallah!

Sadaqallah hal aliyyul adzhim bil sultanik!

May we repent and purify ourselves from this misconstrued thinking that we are so free to hurt and slander others just because we can do so in this cyberspace?

Surely we are not.

We shall reap what we sow and that is the truth and we all know it!

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala forgive us of our sins and mistakes and grant us a better future both here on earth and in the hereafter.

Amin.

Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

Have a blessed Jumaat dear Muslims. Make the most of Ramadan al Mubarak.

This is the month to purify ourselves, both in body and soul. Don't be as ghouls!

We can do it. We can make a change as to how we express ourselves.

With dignity and responsibility. It's all up to us. Isn't it?

Blog with care.

Insya Allah!

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.
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