A Society Polluted with Sins
no doubt that at the present time societies suffer from various types of
spiritual deviations and psychological corruption, and have failed to develop
their manners at the same pace that they were able to secure material luxuries
for themselves. Such societies face a great number of acute diseases which have
overwhelmed the ocean of life with pains as days go by. Those who earnestly
struggle to avoid pains end up intoxicated with sins and in search of refuge in
the lap of lowliness in order to their spiritual pains and anxieties. Yet, the
sun of felicity shall never beam its bright rays lives.
These people have deceived themselves believing that they have become free of all restrictions and rules; and are now competing in the fields of Lowliness and failure. When we carefully examine the lives of these people who lack manners, we find that the rapid advancement of material methods the aims for which they were invented. They have made the material phenomena an axis for their hopes and wishes, and the gloominess of sins has overshadowed their societies.
Needless to say that unless noble traits become the judging point for good personalities in any given society the members of that society will not observe them but rather will become overwhelmingly influenced by the social mind which leads them to imitate others actions, ignoring any possible adverse affects. In the light of this we should realize that contemporary civilizations lack the ability to bring about healthy, noble characteristics, nor can they guarantee salvation or happiness for any society.
Dr. Carl, a famous French scholar, said: “We need a world where every one can find a proper place for himself without discriminating between material or spiritual needs. With this we are able to realize how we can live, for we realize then that advancing on the path of life without a righteous guide is a dangerous affair.
we realize this danger, it is amazing how we have neglected the search for
methods of reasonable thinking. The fact is that only a handful of people have
really discovered this danger. The majority of people are overtaken by their
lusts and are so intoxicated with them that, regardless of how much advanced
technology offers them, they are unwilling to give up any of their illegal joys
for the sake of a decent civilization.
today is like a magnificent river which runs down a steep slope, washing our
hopes and dreams into the sea of corruption and deviation, for the sake of
satisfying immediate desires and instant needs. Many people have devised new
needs and now struggle hard to fulfill these needs. In addition to these needs,
there are other things that bring temporary happiness to them, such as slander,
backbiting, aimless conversation, etc. which are in fact more harmful than
alcohol to their health.”
One of the social deviations on which we elaborate is slander; it is unnecessary to explain the technical meaning of slander, for it is known to everyone.
plays a devastating role in bringing about enmity and hatred among the different
members of society. If allowed to spread in any nation, slander will deprive it
of greatness, a good reputation and create an unamendable dissension in that
It is unfortunate that we must acknowledge the fact that slander has found its way into all social classes. This point confirms the fact just as the events of life are related, so are the spiritual and psychological deviations that may appear in a social class penetrating to all other classes.
As a result of the spread of slander, pessimism and suspicion shadow the social mind; people loose trust in each other and replace it with mistrust. With this in mind, we can safely say that unless society enlightens itself with brotherly thinking and noble qualities, it will never gain harmony or unity therein. A society which lacks the blessings of noble traits is surely distanced from life’s real characteristics.
Behavioral scholars mention a number of reasons for the spread of slander. The most important being: envy, anger, conceit, self-righteousness and suspicion. Undoubtedly, every action by any individual stems from a certain condition lying in his conscience, and as a result of a manifestation of such conditions, which are like burning coal under cold ashes, the tongue, the translator of man’s feelings, speaks out slander.
These people endeavor to achieve integrity and perfection. Individuals like this remove themselves from reality by refusing to bear the least bit of pain in the path of obtaining happiness. In this way, they fall prey to the rule of their lowly lusts.
has an opinion as to the best method of rescuing people from deviation and
moral corruption. In my opinion the most effective way is to encourage the
qualities of good will in people by awakening the calls of goodness and human
instincts in them and leading them to exploit the treasures of their minds on
the path of obtaining happiness. By bringing people’s attention to the effects
of ill manners and strengthening their will, we may become victorious over all
evil characteristics, and replace the rails of darkness with noble traits.
writes: “When we intend to fight an
undesirable habit we must first recognize its evil results. Then we should
acknowledge the habit and finally reflect on the incidents which made us
victims of such a habit. If we acquaint ourselves with the stages of this
habit, we will become triumphant over the inspiration of that habit by feeling
the joy of eradicating it.”
existence of the seeds of integrity in the human soul and by providing it with
the methods of defense, we are able to recognize the reasons behind misguidance
and confusion and eradicate them from our souls and consciences, erecting a
strong barrier in the face of our endless wants and lusts.
present the actuality of people to us and therefore are reflections of their
honor and reality. For this reason, if a man desires happiness he must select
his righteous actions in order to transform them into valuable seeds of
happiness. Men must also keep in mind that Allah is aware of all his actions no
matter how minor they might seem.
to one philosopher:
In order for us to bring our souls out of the darkness into light, we must strengthen all noble thoughts in our minds to counter any destructive ideas or inspirations. By guarding our tongues against slander, we take the first step towards happiness. In order for us to counter the wide spread of corruption, it is incumbent on us to create a psychological revolution among the people. We can do this by observing the rights of others which in turn will cause the roots of humanity and spirituality to grow, thus taking another step towards the advocacy of noble traits on which the survival of every society depends.
“Does one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? But you abhor it…” (The Holy Qur’an, 49:12)
Messenger of Allah (S) said:
have been guided to morality by the great Islamic school, backed by strong and
logical understanding. Islam considers any encroachment on the borders of
morality a great and reprehensible sin.
Islam did not stop at categorizing slander as a grave sin, but has made it the
duty of all Muslims to defend the honor of one who is being slandered.
Messenger of Allah (S) said:
It is clear that if an individual allows his tongue to slander his Muslim brother, then he has certainly violated the rules of morality, and becomes a criminal in the eyes of humanity and Islam. All Islamic schools have unanimously agreed that slander is a major sin; for the slanderer violates the Divine commands and crouches upon the rights of others, heedless of the Creator’s commands.
an absent person cannot defend his honor and dignity, a dead person is unable
to defend himself; therefore, it is the duty of every one to respect the rules
concerning the dignity of the dead.