Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad
In an age of half-truths and lies, the media does it all the time, we hardly ever see a media story about anything that we actually know about that doesn’t annoy us by telling a half-truth or telling a lie or focusing on what’s unrepresentative or using the wrong kind of a vocabulary and we get annoyed by the public conversation that jabbers endlessly but doesn’t really seem to be serious about finding out what’s really going on.
You can read a Western newspaper from cover to cover every day for a year and still not be able to name a single mainstream Muslim leader. Why ? because will they really want to persuade themselves and their readers that these zealot people are the ones so we should be listening to or some tiny little marginal group that’s doing lesbian weddings in New Zealand or something thats what they like to focus on aside but representative, you can’t – the West is not capable of recognizing who are the Ulama of Islam where is the consensus, what is normative. That’s another of the lies of the age which is particularly annoying. An age of mass communication has turned into an age of mass deception and lying as well as an age of mass obscenity. An age of mass cursing. It’s this opportunity for presenting bayan which is one of the characteristic nobilitys of the human species.
This unprecedented capacity to communicate has been consistently abused by bani Adam to represent lies and untruths and this is a tragedy and it’s another of the subversions of the religion unfortunately because the people of truth (صدق) tend to look at that world and are so repelled that they don’t feel it’s their natural habitat. Generally the lower the human life-form the more likely they are to splurge somewhere on the Internet and the awliya are busy with their prayers. So that in the longer-term truth will out. Eventually people, educated people, will want to know well who really speaks for Islam and if you talk to them they do actually want to know – who is representative of Islam ? in Turkey for instance – they do want to know and it’s possible to tell them who is the mufti of wherever. You can tell them what was the mufti of Istanbul during the recent troubles. What was he doing. You can tell them
Most people are skeptical about the madness of mass communications and public chatter so that it is possible to explain the truth and we need to be doing this much as that environment may seem to be inimical and hostile and to naturally favor falsehood over truth because on the screen it’s hard even to read the face of the person who’s telling you the lie which used to be a giveaway. The old faculties of ferasa (to look deeply at something to see what lies behind it) are diminished. You don’t know who you’re talking to now, and so it’s full of liars, hypocrites, spies, sexual predators – it’s a paradise for lowlife individuals and religion has to figure out how to overcome that deep diminution and lowering and coarsening of the world’s conversations and you can see the consequence that is having with the politics. The coarsening of political discourse every way due to the fact that the internet is limiting everything – bringing it down to the lowest common denominator and a really successful political speech now is one that gives you sentimental sound bite after sentimental oversimplified soundbite rather than a kind of Churchillian long masterpiece of a political statement based on principle and statesmanship.
This is where we’re going and democracy is not actually very good at handling that because it’s based on the perceptions of the masses. If the masses are now looking at YouTube clips and seeing people’s moronic obscene comments and you get bad votes, there have been a lot of bad votes in Western democracies in recent years, so we have to figure out how we can be detached from that world of lying – lying politicians, lying journalists, lying commentators, think tank denizens.
It’s a world of lies (كزب ) but in the long term truth has an inherent power and an authority
جَآءَ الۡحَـقُّ وَزَهَقَ الۡبَاطِلُؕ اِنَّ الۡبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوۡقًا
“The Truth has come, and falsehood has vanished. Surely falsehood is ever bound to vanish.
Surah Al-Isra v 81
and it can’t be overthrown once it’s made itself manifest when falsehood has made itself manifest and people can really see what it is
اِنَّ الۡبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوۡقًا
one reason why we should be hopeful monotheism is a very strong truth. Virtue is a very strong truth. decent behavior compassion these are strong truths. Eventually, these things inshaAllah will prevail and the chatter will die away.