A guy saw a car leaving the parking spot, give his signal and waited for the car to move until suddenly this lady decided to enter the spot out of nowhere.  He took his phone out, start to film his confrontation with the lady who stole his parking spot. It becomes viral.

A man saw another man scolding his child who has just fell off the trolley in the mall.  Instead of approaching the man for help, he decided to film the whole incident and put the man to shame. Viral it.

Our society has begin to be easily offended, too defensive yet insensitive when it comes to spreading the sin of others.  We misuse social media as a platform to publicly humiliate others but at the same time when it comes to our own mistake, we want others to be considerate and take us as human. To err is human only applies to us, never others.

To err is human only applies to us, never others.

“O gathering who believe with their tongues but faith has yet to enter into their hearts, do not backbite the Muslims. And do not search into their private matters. Whoever searches for their private matters will have Allah follow up his private matters. And whose private matters Allah follows, He will expose him even

[if his act were done] in his house.” (Recorded in Ahmad and Abu Dawood)

Social media is never to be blamed for the level of irresponsibility we’ve been using it.  Social media IS a brilliant platform to spread awareness and strong messages to help build the society’s understanding on so many issues, including this issue of Social Media Abuse.

How many of us has this idea of filming certain act because we feel so angry towards one person’s action and there’s nothing more we can do about it?

Unless if it’s a crime, please keep yourself from falling into the trap of Satan to viral video of another human committing error.  Not in the form of filming, nor in the form of spreading. What you can do is to approach the person and offer him advice.  If you saw a crime, never act on your own.  Always report the crime to the authority.

“Verily, those who like that lewd sinful acts should propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter” (Surah al-Noor:19)

News of people bashing a guy who is accused of being a rapist until he was found dead is not an act of a civilize society.  Whilst in India, the society there chose to stand and watch girls being raped right in front of their eyes, we can be this well-mannered society by interfering to stop the barbaric act and hand the culprit to the authority.

It’s crazy enough we have to tell people NOT to rape. WHAT??? But it’s even crazier that people think everyone has the license to kill.

And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good. (Surah al-Baqarah: 195)

Even though the verse is about spending wealth in cause of Allah, the scholars agreed that this verse serves as a strong verification in condemning people from killing and harming oneself by any means, based on the basic maxim of the word in this verse and not merely on the specific reason of revelation.

SO WHAT CAN WE DO?

One can be a good, civilized citizen by interrupting an attempt of crime; be it rape, molest, robbery, even BULLY.

1.Put oneself into safety first

“O you who have believed, upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves…….” (Surah al-Maidah, 105)

Never underestimate to what extend the doer can go into harming you.  Understand the priority to make sure you are safe before offering the help to others.

2. Try to stop the misdeed

“……….Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” (Surah al-Rad, 11)

Do not be a coward buy turning your face away from those in need.  Imagine if he or she is your own brother or sister, or father or mother; you would wish others would be in help.  You have to help them.

3. Gather a number of people for assistance

“The believers are but brothers, so make reconciliation between your brothers and fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (Surah al-Hujurat, 10)

In this case, size does matters.  A number of people will ease the process of seizing (if relevant) the accused.  Strongly discontinue any act of contravene.

4. ALWAYS call the authority

Finally, leave it the people of laws.  A good human respects another mankind’s rights to be heard.  Any accused is innocent until proven guilty

“The burden of proof is upon the plaintiff, and the oath is upon the one who is accused” (Tirmidhi)

Taking matters in your own hands applies with this step.  Let’s stay civilize.

 

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