Headline, November 13 2020/ ''' '' REVILING THOSE OTHERS '' '''

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THE HOLY QURAN HAS A STRONG MESSAGE for those who revile others. It admonishes.

''Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance. Thus into every nation have we made their deed seem fair. Then unto their Lord is their return, and He will tell them what they used to do'' [6:108]

The verse make an important point by saying that all will be judged by God only - a point repeated many times in the Quran. So we should not making sweeping generalisations about and pass judgments on the faith and actions of others, let alone revile them.

!WOW! TO TODAY'S GLOBAL OUTREACH AND PLURALISTIC outlook, let us build our relations - individual or communal, real or virtual - on the basis of mutual respect and dignity - rather than indulge in reviling and blaming others.

Let us make sincere efforts to learn more about others, and understand, appreciate and admire them.

Progressive societies today are building on the premise of not just mutual respect and recognition; they go a step further by admiring and celebrating each other in the areas of culture, faith, tradition and civilisation.

THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY is one of the most complex, one of the most fragile, one of the most inclusive undertakings - Mankind ever had the honour and opportunity to attempt.

The heroic Founder Framers permit : No evil, no reviling the other, no mischief, no bias, no backstabbing, no character assassination, no fake news, no bad-mouthing, - [will never ever be tolerated or even considered.]

In The World Students Society we have absolute one Law and one Bye-Law to steer by : ''Great Things Attempted. And Only Great Things Done.'' The Founder Framers and the students, will be a role - model to the world by building every relationship on the basis of respect and dignity.

ONE OF THE GREATEST TEACHINGS OF THE HOLY QURAN : That is universally important relates to preventing the reviling and ridiculing of others for one or other reason.

Many individuals and communities have the destructive habit of feeling superior to others. Rather than learning from others, they try to teach' others at all times.

We often learn about others, particularly sects, from our hostile sources depicting of those whom we do not like or approve of, perpetuating a bad image of them through generations, because of hostile communal histories.

Critical and contextual study of these materials is hardly done, and a given image is perpetuated. This often leads to giving nicknames and associating bad images with a whole community.

How much God disapproves of this attitude can be gauged from so many verses in the Holy Quran. For discussion in this article, a few samples are selected. To start with, the Holy Quran sets a general rule for the Muslim community and it says,-

''O, you who believe! No people should ridicule other people for they be better than they [are]..... Do not speak ill of one another, nor insult one another with [offensive] nicknames...... And do not spy on one another, nor backbite one another.......'' [49:11-12]

The warning that the other may be 'better' is enough to make us humble at all times and discourage us pointing fingers at others. This is important for a very deep reason as well.

When we describe others, we actually describe ourselves. We create others to suit our own image! Are not our judgments based on perceptions, opinions and preferences we have been exposed and limited by our, parents, teachers, elders, colleagues, friends and books. So, do we not see the world around us, not as it is, but as we have been conditioned to see it?

This subjectivity obviously colors our view of others and distorts their image. Alluding to this, the Quran warns ''........Let not the hatred of some people lead you away being just. Be just, for this is closer to piety, and fear Allah.....'' [5:8]

What could be the meaning of 'just' here? This perhaps means seeing people as they would like us to see them, not the way we want to see them.

This research in tradition is called the phenomenological method, in which a researcher tries to understand the phenomenon as it it is, and not the way it should be. Judging people all the time from our own standards is a recipe for distortions.

The Quran also focuses on those who talk about others behind their backs. The Holy Book says, “O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs.

Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it. ...” (49:12). The backbiting could pertain to individuals as well as to communities.

The honour and serving of the Great Works on Enlightenment continues. The world Students Society thanks learned author, Educationist Jan-E-Alam Khaki.

With respectful dedication to Mankind, Leaders, Grandparents, Parents,

Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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