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Vijay TV Episode, Knowledge, Being Just

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Several emails [allegations & counters] are making rounds on the efforts of one organization in blocking the “Neeya Naana” episode on “Should Muslim Women wear Purdah”. Here is some background info on that episode, and what should our attitude be as a Muslim. I’m not defending or criticising any organization as a group, or their motives or methods in blocking this programme.

Three weeks before the Eid al-Adha, some people sought 5 Aalimas/Knowledgable women to speak for the recording of this program. 4 were ready. But, Vijay TV only wanted 2. (A 3rd one went as a visitor). These 2 speakers  / participants were seated in the lower row, and the mic / microphone was mostly with those in the upper rows.

The problem was those in the upper rows supporting Purdah are either not knowledgable or didn’t know how to express their arguments. The opposing side caught on the mistakes of these people and pounded. In the games, like Volley Ball, if you know one or two weak guys in the other team, you pass the ball to their side. They will make mistakes, and your team scores.

Bottom-line: The knowledgable people weren’t given enough opportunities to speak, and the whole episode was engineered to tarnish the image of Islam. What else can we expect from a Rupert Murdoch’s channel?

Lesson: One must seek knowledge before preaching or debating

Allah says in Quran: Say (O Muhammad ): “This is My Way; I invite unto Allâh (i.e. to Islâmic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and Whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allâh) with sure knowledge…” (Yusuf 12:108)

Please click here to know more about the right & wrong ways to learn

A friend of mine wrote “Programs like the one in Vijay TV play up sterotypes about muslims, poisoning the mind of other communities. If Mr.Gopinath had done programs like ‘Is tying Thali a sign of women’s servitude to men’ and passed judgement – it is, one could have understood his stance on this issue. The reality is – people like Gopinath are pseudo-journalists passing of as intellectuals in India”

Being Just & Striving for Unity:

“O You who believe! Stand out firmly for Allâh and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Well Acquainted with what you do” (Sura Al Maa-idah 5:8)

Our dislike for a group should not make us blind to being just. We shouldn’t ascribe ulterior motives, or pass wrong information about them. It is sad that our group rivalry has reached such a low level. Please re-read the last line of the above verse “…and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Well Acquainted with what you do”

Here is a verse which captures how we enjoy our rivalry / in-fighting:

“Of those who split up their Religion (i.e. who left the true Islamic Monotheism), and became sects, [i.e. they invented new things In the Religion (Bid’ah), and followed their vain desires], each sect rejoicing in that which is with it” (Sura Ar Ruum 30:32)

What will be the result of this nasty fighting & arguing?

“And obey Allâh and his Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient…”(Sura Al Anfaal 8: 46)

Finally, some piece from Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Last Sermon

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds.

ஒருவருக்கொருவர் கோபம் கொள்ளாதீர்கள், பிணங்கிக்கொள்ளாதீர்கள், (மாறாக) அல்லாஹ்வின் அடியார்களே! (அன்பு பாராட்டுவதில்) சகோதரர்களாய் இருங்கள். எந்த ஒரு முஸ்லிமும் தம் சகோதரனுடன் முன்று நாட்களுக்கு மேல் பேசாமல் இருப்பது அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டதன்று என அல்லாஹ்வின் தூதர் முஹம்மது (ஸல்) அவர்கள் கூறினார்கள். அறிவிப்பவர் : அனஸ் பின் மாலிக் (ரழி) நூல்: புஹாரி (4045)

இறைநம்பிக்கையாளன் குத்திப் பேசுபவனாகவும் அடிக்கடி சாபமிடுபவனாகவும் இருப்பது இல்லை. மானங்கெட்ட செயல்புரிபவனாகவும், சண்டையில் தீய வார்த்தைகள் பேசுபவனாகவும் இருப்பதில்லை என்று அல்லாஹ்வின் தூதர் முஹம்மது (ஸல்) அவர்கள் கூறினார்கள். அறிவிப்பவர் : அபூதர்தா (ரழி). நூல் : ஹாகிம்

கடுமையாகச் சண்டையிடுபவன், மனதில் பகைமையை வைத்திருப்பவன் அல்லாஹ்விடம் மிகவும் வெறுப்புக்குரியவன் ஆவான் என்று அல்லாஹ்வின் தூதர் முஹம்மது (ஸல்) அவர்கள் கூறினார்கள். அறிவிப்பவர் : அன்னை ஆயிஷா (ரழி). நூல்: முஸ்லிம்.

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Written by S Ibrahim

Jan 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

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