A message to those who spy and set people up

It appears that all societal values have been violated.

Go ahead and spy on people, disgrace what God has sheltered and make false accusations against others! Spy on others and monitor them at their homes! You deceive yourself into believing you are serving Islam! Spy on people and chase them!

Don't shelter people but enter their houses! Houses have no sanctities and citizens have no rights!

Yes, the truth is that hundreds of people wish they can spy on others.

The problem has never been in the lack of advice, teachings and texts that set proper values.

Hatred is as hungry as a burning fire that can never be extinguished

Turki Al-Dakhil

The biggest obstacle is related to conformity. Arab societies are one of most who listen to sermons and circulating them on our phones. But where do people who contribute to making false accusations against others and seek to disgrace them via spreading lies, come from? These people are also a product of our society. In other words, we have a problem applying these sermons which we circulate to our family and friends. However, all these texts which call for respecting basic values of not spying on others evaporate as fast as a click on a button. The Islamic Shariah includes clear texts against spying on others, and the way of life during the era of Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, and during the eras of caliphs that came after him, was based on these texts.

After false accusations were recently made against Saudi television host Ali al-Alyani, many have spoken out demanding condemnation and hope those who made the accusations will be convicted.

A message to these spies: Extinguish the flames of your vendetta. Hatred is as hungry as a burning fire that can never be extinguished.

This article was first published by Okaz newspaper on Feb. 15, 2016.

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Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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