A Simple Thought: Tuesday, 29th November ’16

A simple thought from The Community on Friday: When we were growing up (aah, how it seems like just yesterday), we were exposed to a great treasure – at home, at school and at madrasah – discipline, good manners or what we called akhlaaq. Indeed, as the commemoration of the passing away of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) portends to the legacy he left behind of good manners, cultured social behaviour and a general pleasant disposition of personality.
With time, society stopped giving it adequate importance as the pursuit for socio economic progress intensified, and it was either contended that there just wasn’t enough time to be nice to each other, or that true progress was synonymous with the big ugly American as impersonated by hollywood, who was essentially rugged, selfish, and loud. Conceivably, it may have been a combination of both these factors that eventually drove society towards a state of utter alienation.
Adam Blattner in a paper he wrote in January 2006, aggregated thus: “Ethics involves the sphere of interpersonal, group, and community politics at the level of values–not just what can be achieved or how to achieve it, but more what should be sought, in the realm of social harmony and fairness. It is the complexity of the other side of individualism– other than taking care of oneself, what do we want our collective to do or refrain from doing? Ethics looks at our proper relations, our duties to each other, individually and collectively.”
Tragically, Muslims societies, confused about the complexities of their religion, its ordinances and jurisprudence, remain vastly gullible to the atrocious but easy proliferation of foreign values that conflict with their own value systems. The respect that the young have nowadays (exceptions acknowledged), is for everyone to see in public as shown in speech, treatment, greeting and other social interactions. Those parents who unfortunately got swayed by a value tide, ultimately find themselves insubordinated by the own children, who also then become a problem to society. Not spending enough time with our children guiding them when they need guidance, more often than not, leads to a situation of social anarchy, to say the least.
Sanjoy Roy, in his recent essay says “It is true that human life today has become speedy and hectic. Life has become too much diversified and fast. There are national and international societies that can meet within the shortest possible time, because time and space have been conquered. Naturally it is commonly thought that good manners that bound the social relations have now fallen out of use. I, however, disagree with the view.” What do Muslims feel about this?

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Mohamedarif is a marketing professional and educationalist with a penchant for writing as a hobby since childhood. As he experimented writing about sporting events at first and then current affairs, he quickly developed a skill for observation of his environment and began to write on reform topics, especially in connection with the community. To further feed his pursuit of writing, he founded several newsletters and bulletins at his school and at the Husayni Madrasah in the 1980's, all the time learning from others already in the field not just about writing, but also about pre-press and production processes. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Knowledge Magazine in 1995–1996. A decade later, importing a flurry of ideas into his new home, Nairobi, he first founded a two page community newspaper then became a regular writer of the Friday Faculty before establishing the Community on Friday, a fully fledged Madrasah magazine in 1996. And while his writing at the community continued, he simultaneously started writing for a business weekly, pairing in with his newfound role as a marketing professional. During his time in Nairobi, he wrote several speeches for sitting chairmen and presidents while also giving some himself, developing his concurrent role as a public speaker and trainer.

With changing times and a decrease in advertising sponsorship, as well as a fall in overall readership, Mohamedarif transformed this publication into an electronic blog. Thus was born the Community on Friday in its present format.

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