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Avoiding the use of words that have been distorted by the media

Published: 24/08/2011 12:25:00 PM GMT
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The other day, I was trying to explain to someone that we need to call people to Islam with wisdom and avoid using words in public that are Islamically correct, but that have unfortunately been distorted and misused by the media. Otherwise, people will not have a good impression of us if we use these words aloud whilst in public places.

He countered that we should not avoid speaking the truth, since the Prophet (peace be upon him) was forthright and said whatever he had to say, even if it meant his being beaten in the process.

What can I say to him?

Answered by

Sheikh Sâmî al-Mâjid

You should know, my brother, that our objective is to guide people to the true path with “wisdom and beautiful preaching”.

Allah says: “Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best who have strayed from His Path and who receive guidance.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 125]

Therefore, if the phrases you are asking about may disturb people or disquiet them due to their misuse by the media, then you may avoid using those terms. It would be better for you to employ other terms that convey the same meaning and avoid the discomfort and misunderstanding that might otherwise ensue.

Not all truths must be proclaimed from the rooftops at every occasion. This is to be handled according to what good will come out of speaking up. If more good will be achieved by not using certain commonly misunderstood or misused words, then that will be the preferred course of action.

The way our Prophet (peace be upon him) called people to Allah’s religion during his stay in Mecca is a clear proof for this strategy. At that time, he was compelled to call people to Islam secretly.

What is important is that you should always speak truthfully. Never speak anything false when calling people to Islam.

Allah says: “But say not – for any false thing that your tongues may put forth – ‘This is lawful, and this is forbidden’ so as to ascribe false things to Allah. For those who ascribe false things to Allah will never prosper.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 116]

May Allah guide you to righteousness and wisdom.

Source: Islam Today

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