Others have spoken or written about this word, it seems to be one that brings about emotion and a demeanour of defence. As if one is entering a battlefield where the soldiers are ones own brother and sister and the war booty is that of moral superiority.
Too often there are topics of interest or moments of discussion that quite frankly we fail to engage in the proper manner, is it now the case that we must speak down at others that we feel are not as ‘religious’ as us? I remember the days where it was seen as a ‘cool’ to be into ones religion. The friday gatherings the youth that formed so many friendships many of which are present today. This for me was a period where no matter who you were and from what background you were welcomed. If you were struggling to pray or had a problem with alcohol or girls then this was the place you were taken in and reminded about the religion.
These days it seems this notion has long gone and little do we realise of the tweets that we post or the manner in which we discuss topics of interest. What gets me most is that this attitude is masked with the notion of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. This phrase is thrown around so cheaply that we forget the mannerisms in which it should be carried out, now obviously this does not mean ‘sharia free’ zones or physically enforcing ones views. Sometimes the words we use and the tone in which we write them are just as powerful as the physical aspect.
I would say there is technique in which certain topics should be discussed or people should be approached, all too often the Muslim community loves to stick tags to each other. If someone did so and so 3 years ago then that tag remains with them for the rest of their lives. If one fell weak at the temptation of women then that tag would remain, often what is sad is that its those who claim to be leaders that fall into this trap. 10 years have passed and they still stick to nicknames or that image that has long been embedded in their minds, the notion of forgiveness seems to be well forgotten.
Yes this word is that 5 lettered verb that can either be the making of us or the undoing and of course all of us at some point have fallen prisoner to it and yes it is a struggle for that elusive key. I say the key truly is found within ones own heart.
Have you guessed the word?..
I leave you with the following verse from the holy Quran
O you who believe! let not (one) people laugh at (another) people perchance they may be better than they, nor let women (laugh) at (other) women, perchance they may be better than they; and do not find fault with your own people nor call one another by nicknames; evil is a bad name after faith, and whoever does not turn, these it is that are the unjust.