Turkey’s New Year Eve massacre and moral decline
No one has the right to decide whom to pray for and to decide who is faithful and pious
The massacre that took place in Istanbul recently did not end with the slaughtering of people and shedding of blood. It was followed by a verbal attack against innocent victims.
There has been overwhelming anger against extremist rhetoric. They have been selective and send some to paradise and others to hell.
The biggest problem is the logic of justifying the attack by refusing to pray for the victims and wondering why they went to restaurants or to entertainment venues. Regardless of where they were, no one has the right to measure others’ faith.
Let’s recall the Prophet’s hadith: “A man said: Allah will not forgive so-and-so. At this Allah the Almighty said: Who is he who swears by Me that I will not forgive so-and-so? Verily I have forgiven so-and-so and have nullified your own good deeds.”
It takes a lot of courage to think that we have advantage over others and that we have the keys to forgiveness and mercyTurki Aldakhil
Right to decide
No one has the right to decide whom to pray for and to decide who is faithful and pious. This applies to extremist elements using social media. Why should anyone condemn someone else for a violation that’s between him and his God but forget to condemn murder which is prohibited by God and is one of the worst sins in all religions, customs and ethics?
It takes a lot of courage to think that we have advantage over others and that we have the keys to forgiveness and mercy. It is unfortunate to say that this only represents pure moral decline which we have been led to owing to a pattern of thinking that lacks awareness and a mindset that lacks logic.
This article was first published in Okaz on January 05, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil 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.