Foremost, I begin by saying, this is not a Tafseer, this is not a scholarly article nor a scholarly opinion, this is not a ruling nor a fatwa. This is a personal reflection of a chapter of the Quran and what it means to me. Just in case you want to read the passage before I share my thoughts and feelings, the surah (chapter) is 18 and the verses are 9 through 20.
This surah, Surat Al-Kahf, takes us on a journey through time. Where once there were boys who stood up for what was right but realized they didn't have the power to change the system. So what did they do? They retreated to a cave where they stayed in hiding. They fell asleep and by the miracle of Allah, they slept a really long time and eventually awoke. Now the Quran is meant to transcend all time, so how does this apply to us now? For one, was the situation they were in so different from us now? Is it not true that to stand up to society, and be a threat, to businesses like the pornography business, the alcohol business, international banking, Hollywood, music, and so forth and call them out for, not the benefit, but the harm they are causing could cost you your life. Don't even get me started on the cigarette companies...
Here is a very very very small list of some harms:
- Pornography addictions
- Social and Economic Debt
- Twisted View of Reality
- Cancer through smoking
But really, when pulling in billions of dollars in profits yearly, what's a few million to shut someone up who is a threat. Businesses tell themselves, "It might be hurting someone, but peoples' addictions are making me a lot of money," and these people want to continue to make that money, regardless if someone gets hurt or even killed.
As time progresses a change can be a great thing, but the fact is, you can't fight the inevitable. You do your part and try to be respectful and courteous, without losing who you are and giving up on your values. You stand up for what is right, but... learning from these boys, you don't have to be a self-proclaimed martyr. Sometimes it's okay to disagree and stay silent in times where words can do more harm than benefit. Sometimes it's okay to alienate yourself from a bad company or bad friends. Self-preservation can be the best preservation. At the end of the day, it's okay to retreat to your safe zone when you're friends are telling you to smoke, when you're society is telling you it's okay to call women the names they do. Standing up for what's right, doesn't mean you have to stand up and end your life.
Peace and Love...
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