Sunday, February 18

Every Kind of Word

I seem to forget what I come to write about by the time I log into Blogger, then "New Blogger," and finally, "Google." Inefficiency--so disgusting.

Oh yeah:

Gossip. Sometimes, it's in the form of "constructive criticism behind people's backs." I know because I've done it :(

Backbiting is another form of destroying something covered by Allah's Mercy with words. Words don't always need to be spoken--how many such words run through our minds every day? every hour? Yes, some words might be better not said, but it's still bad to think certain things at all.

Some words have the ability to completely undo other people--a defense mechanism? Perhaps--even so, there still is no excuse. On the Day of Judgment, we will all be completely undone, beyond our imaginations. So why are we sometimes so eager to undo each other in the dunya, especially when Allah, The Most Merciful, granted us Protection from being exposed?

Protecting each other, because Allah Protects us--that's what the above, as well as what most Muslims I've met, address. But should we be attributing the same right to ourselves? It seems that we often can sympathize for others when we see them become victims to these situations; What about when we undo ourselves with our words--the unspoken words that we don't protect ourselves from?

The rights of the self is something I've begun to think about. After all, we are exposed most to ourselves. Therefore, we are most vulnerable to ourselves, too, right? Who protects us from self-criticism?

I think the idea is that if we are really self-critical, it shows up in our speech, and our friends, eventually, fulfill their roles by correcting us--bring us to that moderation-Zen-like state we're supposed to aim for, if we cannot attain it.

But is social-network all there is to protect the self from itself? Certainly, Allah Protects us. However, along the lines of tying camels, there must be another construct...but is there? I suppose reading Qur'an--verses that instill hope, fear, belief, among other things--in addition to the cognitive support network internalizing Islam should create within the self to protect it from falling into extreme regions of the infinite spectrums upon which we seem to exist, is another potential mechanism. How many of us use it?

Perhaps Islam, when practiced correctly and with sincerety, protects the rights of the self better than all other networks/mechanisms. And, perhaps, more of us should explore this possibility--even if only to see where it takes us.

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