Thursday, August 14, 2008

Concerning Greed

A journalist from one of the Sunday papers called me last Thursday to get my opinion on the tv show, Aliens in America, so I articulated a fairly meaty response and I spoke to her for about ten minutes about the double entendre in the title (Justin also being an alien along with the Pakistani chap etc) And about salaah in movies.


I find it ridiculous really - that Hollywood will spend months doing continuity work and getting fabrics dyed in a sixteenth century manner to recreate some sense of realism but will cock up Salaah so easily. I mean - they get military advisers to brief them on how to chuck grenades and hold an assault rifle - why cant they get an Imam or someone to advise them on how we pray.


Someone tell me which madhab Morgon Freeman is following in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. In fact - the only movie where the salaah looks more or less correct was at one part in Kingdom of Heaven - but even in that movie they were reading in jamaat but were metres away from each other. Someone needs to create a facebook group called 'Bring Back Jalsa (Tashahud) in Hollywood Movies'. How many movies have you seen where they go straight from Sujud to Taslim.


OK, so coming back to Aliens in America, I tell her all this and on Sunday when I check the paper all she attributes to me is one measly little quote saying that I do not find the show offensive. Damn journalists :).


Which brings me to my next concern - Did anyone flip through the Sunday Times Extra this weekend? catch the Muslim chap with the Masha Allah beard and black topi on the front page?


DISGUSTING!


For those who haven't read the article (click on the link for article and pic), the chap defrauded the tax man for 4 million rand. Again, I am conflicted because on one hand I'm expected to cover the faults of my fellow Muslim brother, but I'm sick and tired of all this shit. Seriously. We read about things like this in the paper and we just shrug it off. It has become so common that it doesn't even fill us with shame or anything. Where did we go wrong? Appearance is not a yard stick for piety.


Why are muslims like this?


Ive heard Moulanas say that we shouldnt pay taxes because we live in a non muslim country. What bullshit is this? The same Kuffar government fixes your street lights and potholes, amongst a myriad of other services. This whole thing reminds me of a Hadith I read in Sahih Muslim


Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:


"Do you know who is the one who is bankrupt?" They said, "The bankrupt is the one who has no money and no possessions." He said, "Among my ummah, the one who is bankrupt is the one who will come on the Day of Resurrection with prayer and fasting and zakah (to his credit), but he will come having insulted this one, slandered that one, consumed the wealth of this one and shed the blood of that one, and beaten that one. So they will all be given some of his hasanaat, and when his hasanaat run out, before judgement is passed, some of their sins will be taken and cast onto him, then he will be cast into the Fire." [Muslim: 4/1998, hadith no. 2581.]


Whats happening to us? We fight with each other over petty issues, but things like this go uncontested? We live in an age where Ulema are plentiful. We dont need to import any. In fact - we can start exporting them thats how many Ulema there are. There are several Mufti's at my Musjid alone, Yet we live in this moral decay. Dont blame the West or music or mxit or anything like that. Its nothing more than sick greed.


I see so many double standards out there and walaahi it sickens me. Muslims who lock their wives at home and dont let them out but have no problem pushing them in the shop for months when they go on Jamaat. Muslims who neglect their Fardh Salaat but listen to naath the whole day. Muslims who have massive displays with 'Festive Greetings' and 'Merry Christmas' but dont show the same joy for Eid. Forget about that - what about the people who make their Muslim employees work on Eid day while they sit at home. Dont these people deserve to celebrate Eid as well? I understand that in some situations it cant be helped. But in most it can


What about the child who calls the Gardener 'boy' or refers to the Domestic as a 'girl'. Or the people who would give their domestics food that they wont even give their dogs. I would slap my child if they did not respect our helper. But I'm going to make sure they never do. Its the parents that are to blame. Look, We all have our faults and shortcomings and we must have faith that Allah is all merciful, but we need to reflect on whats happening and try to improve ourselves. Do not mistake my concern for 'preachiness' or anything like that. I just feel we need to take stock. I'm so scared that Islam will become like Christianity and we leave it in the Musjid and the rest of the time we arent mindful of our duties to our Creator and our fellow man. I am guided by the MJ benefit principle. Its quite easy really - Before I do anything- I ask myself - Is there any benefit ? I think we fail to realise that by helping others we are actually helping ourselves.


Lots of things swimming in my head - I attended the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) conference this weekend, a lecture last night by Prof Rasha Al-Disuqi and I had a lot of fun tonight but i'l save those for another blog. I do not want my posts to make for wearisome reading.


I dont want to sound preachy or holier than thou - My faults and flaws are out there for everyone to see. I'm just so sick of whats happening.

Love and Peace

MJ