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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Adabs of Dialogue for Bloggers

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
May Peace and Guidance of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala be upon us all. Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.

As a Malaysian Muslim Blogger, I have been writing here and sharing my thoughts about Islam my faith and also about things that concern myself, my fellow citizens and issues that affect my nation, Malaysia.

Whether I like it or not, I am bound to be judged by those who have yet to know me personally for this blog is published on the worldwideweb, exposing myself to the global assessment by people who at times come across as very opinionated, judgemental, biased, discriminatory, assume this and that about me and what I stand for and against.

This is part and parcel of life and I acknowledge that it is as the Malay parable of old says ' Kalau takut dilambong ombak ; jangan berumah ditepian pantai!' meaning ' If you are scared of being tossed by the waves ; don't build your home by the seashore!'.

As such, a blogger like me has to be willing to take the comments and criticisms as they come according to the topics of the relevant subjects that I write upon.

It does not mean that I as a blogger have to approve and publish each and every comment as they come. To do so , I would be lying if I say that negative comments and accusations against me as a person do not affect my emotions ; do not hurt my feelings and makes a dent in my soul and my ego!

There are those who come in and hurl slander and libel against me as a person even though we do not know each other whatmore have personal differences or even are enemies in the real sense of the word!

I leave such slanderers to be judged and dealt with accordingly by Allah SWT! God Most High!

Why must people who do not know me in person have to resort to such vile actions?

What have I as a blogger ever done to those faultfinders? Who are they to make personal attacks against me as a person when I have never even known them?

Verily, these are those who only know how to criticise without knowing how to appreciate and if even my writings are contrary to their ideals or principles, do not realise that even I have my rights to speak as I feel or as I see fit!

Do I as a free citizen of Malaysia have to seek each and every person's consent and approval before I publish my writings as I see fit?

Do I come across as a person who is a 'narcissist' just because I have the utmost self confidence when I write about how I as a Muslim love my faith so much that to me, I'd rather not exist today upon this Earth if I have not been born as a Muslim? Walillahi Ta'ala!

A reader by the name of Ahmad Kamal Abu Bakar, with whom I have never even had an exchange of comments or even have come to know this person left me a comment accusing me of being a person with traits of a 'narcissist'!

Imagine, the audacity of this person to accuse me of being so without first according to me my rights as a fellow Muslim, that is a Salam and then followed by a spirit of goodwill @ in Malay, it is known as 'berbaik sangka' !

I just don't know what has become of such Malays! Gone are the days where before engaging in a dialogue, discussion or debate with another, at least the Malays of yore used to introduce themselves to the other first, state their identities, their background, their intention to start a discussion or a debate based on whatever topic, subject or grievance against something that we have said or done that has affected them personally or their family, race and nation generally!

Are the people living today no longer interested to preserve our inherited values and our 'adab's in the matter as personal and as sensitive as engaging in a discussion, a dialogue or a debate with a stranger even in this cyberspace?

Do we not have in us, the fitrah of being a humanbeing, whom Allah SWT has created with the goodwill of knowing how to behave, how to live with all other beings, that the very first exchange that we establish with someone whom we have yet to know in person, realise who they really are in depth, is nothing but a slander?

The very first comment that we post to the person is nothing but an accusation!

The very first dialogue with the stranger is nothing but a fitnah, a libellous 'ad homineum' attack so vicious, so offensive, so hurtful against the person that it is just a natural act of self defense for any rational minded, normal 'insan' to react and delete that offensive comment straightaway and refuse the offender room in his or her blog to allow such filthy slander or libel to remain in the blog rightaway!

It will be an act of insanity for any righteous blogger to allow anyone to simply come in and attack them without due rhyme or reason and as per the norms of proper dialogue as per our traditional values since the advent of civilisation!

In the Quran, in Surah Al Hujarat Chapter 49 Verses 7 to 13, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala very eloquently advices us to not commit injustice against one another by uttering slander as we please!
Reflect on all the mentioned verses and realise that we are all the Children of the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam and are each never free from sins or mistakes in our own individual lifes!

So, my dear brothers and sisters, please understand that if we do not know the person as to who they really are to refrain from jumping to any conclusions and go commit injustice against the other!

When I 'asked' whether Azhar Mansor is an apostate as being gossiped, rumoured and even published openly by the Sydney Anglican Church that he is so in their report online , I as a fellow Muslim naturally felt affected and wanted to know if it was true?

As someone who loves my fellow Muslims with the 'husnul zahn' @ good faith of an insan as asked of me by Allah SWT and His Messenger upon another, naturally I want to know the truth too!

I, who have sworn to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to dedicate the rest of my life to share whatever I have come to learn and to know about Islam with my fellow Muslims and my fellow humanbeings from all other ethnicities and faiths, naturally want to know as to whether there is any truth to such claims by the Christians against Azhar Mansor?

I, as his brother in Islam, naturally want to know as to why he who is being accused of committing 'murtad' against faith in Allah SWT is still silent about the whole subject and as to why it is so hard for him to openly state his position as a Muslim or as an apostate?

This is not libel! This is not fitnah! This is my way of wanting to know the truth about him and to help him defend his good name and reputation by blogging about it here in my cyberspace!

Wallahu alam as to what my nawaitu really is! Far from wanting to cause him any harm, I am willing to go and defend his honor as a Muslim if he is a victim of vile slander by those seeking to dishonor him if he is true to his Shahadah as a fellow Mukmin Wa Lillahi Ta'ala! Allahu Akbar!

To those who come in without following the 'adab's , the norms and the traditional way of engaging with a stranger whether online or in real life, please do not expect me to be as you wish.

Please do not expect others who don't even know you to open up his or her cyberspace and accept your barbs, your insults, and expressions that reflect your stupidity or your foolhardiness with open arms and allow themselves to be insulted , to be slandered and to be accused of whatever you have built up in your demented minds to publishing straightaway your vile comments!

I do not need your praises. I do not love being polished or being carried for no rhyme or reason for that is totally against my principles as a mureed.

My ego is already so swelled up with my 'narcissistic' tendencies as the reader Ahmad Kamal Abu Bakar, whom I think is from Negri Sembilan has claimed, to have you further adding to my nafs!

As a blogger I have come to meet only a select few of my fellow bloggers in person.

Amongst those who have come to meet me and know me as to who I am and what I stand for are Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi @ MENJ, YM Raja Petra Kamarudin, Jeff Ooi,YB Lim Kit Siang,Lim Guan Eng, YB Teresa Kok, Shin Shin, Elizabeth Wong, Salinan Karbon, Nik Nazmi, Sharizal Shaarani, Ronnie Liu, Meriza Anna, etc.

Only by meeting someone in person will we have an idea as to who they really are! Only by exchanging words face to face and seeing the person's mannerisms and the way they carry themselves in their conduct, speech and mannerisms, can we sort of make up our minds about them and even that is open to interpretations according to our 'ilm and knowledge.

As Allah SWT is my witness, I ask that those who have yet to know me in person, to at least respect my rights as a fellow blogger who needs nothing but your understanding, who needs nothing but your greatness of mind to allow me my own space here and in time to live out my life as I wish and to accord to me nothing but a much needed common courtesy of being allowed to express my thoughts and my views accordingly!

All goodness is from Allah SWT. My writings here are my own and I leave it to Him to judge me accordingly.

To those who understand exactly what I am saying here and can let me be as I wish to, I express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciations. Jazakallah khairan kathiraw and Thank you!

May Almighty Allah SWT bless us and guide us all. Ameen.