Tongues on Fire

*Dedicated to one Mahwish Rizwan who specially requested this topic AND helped with the creative content*

Disclaimer: All characters and incidents are fictitious. Any resemblance ought to be worrisome.

“Omg! Guess what?! I heard from Ayesha, who heard from Amna whose maid works for this teacher who hears all sorts of stuff in the faculty room and she heard it with her own ears that that you know the Dars wali Auntie?Her daughter was talking on the phone with a guy! Astaghfirullah O_O”

How many times have we gotten pulled into such conversations (little gossipers aren`t we)? Lets examine the case with “clinical perfection”.

Firstly, HOW do you know for sure? Spreading rumors are we Bushra, tch tch:

“O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.” (Surah Al-Hujurat: 6)

Secondly you are casting doubt on someone`s character: “O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin.” (Surah Al-Hujurat: 12)

Third, you are either falsely accusing someone (slander) OR backbiting:

“Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “God and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of God said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” (Muslim)

“…neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting).” (Surah Al-Hujurat:12)

“Those who accuse chaste, honorable women (of illicit sexual relations) but do not produce four male witnesses (who will witness that they personally saw the act being committed): flog them with eighty stripes, and do not accept from them any testimony ever after. They are indeed transgressors” (Surah An-Noor:4)

Lastly Bushra you need a life, seriously. And then there`s the unique Paki celebrity culture. Just because they are public figures does not make it alright:

“O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (Surah Al-Hujurat: 11)

So stop posting all those  Meera, Veena, Amir Liaquat, Ch. Shujaat videos and for God`s sake enough with Zardari too. Oh! Here`s a revolutionary idea: Don’t vote for him!

Why are we so quick to judge others? In fact who are we to judge others? And that too by our own set of rules or the standards that society sets for what is “acceptable” and what is not. We get petty and mean and end up missing the bigger picture ourselves:

-You know those Saudis they`re such bad people, you should see what they wear underneath those Burqas.

-The Molvi sahib you know, he just married again, how come he gets all those beautiful Auntis.

-Haye Allah!Why is she praying in public?! Or why is she praying when she does not do Hijab?

-Why is she so fat? (huh?)

Sigh! “Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not a religion”-Charlotte Bronte

Its just sad when people take their self-righteousness and bring Islam into the picture, when Allah (swt) says categorically:

Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and every act of obedience to Allah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture [the Taurat (Torah)]! Have you then no sense?”. (2:44)

“O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do”. (61:2,3)

“(Shu`aib said:) I wish not, in contradiction to you, to do that which I forbid you.’‘ (11:88)

Finally: There`s a time and place for Amar Bil-Maroof Wa nahi Anil-Munkar and behind the back isn`t it! No Bushra it just ain`t, sorry!”

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