Scandals, ideological issues exposed by terrorism
There are people who think they defend religion by distorting the reputation of others
Terrorism continuously contributes to exposing ideological problems and reveals gaps in arguments and speeches and it has also helped shed light on the moral aspect.
The purpose of sharia Islamic law is civilization. In his book al-Mustasfa, Abi Hamed al-Ghazali said the aim of sharia is to protect people, their religion, mind, children and money. This is the core of the five necessities which Sharia scholars from al-Shatibi to Ibn Ashur focused on.
This is the pillar of legislation and religion and the core of its necessities.
Meanwhile, there are people who think they defend religion by distorting the reputation of others. We have seen how some social media users fiercely criticized the victims of the recent Istanbul attack on New Year's eve and voiced their joy of attacking innocent people. They worship God through reflecting bad morals and making rude statements and blatant libel.
We have seen how some social media users fiercely criticized the victims of the recent Istanbul attack on New Year's eve and voiced their joy of attacking innocent people. They worship God through reflecting bad morals and making rude statements and blatant libel.Turki Aldakhil
This phenomenon shows the domination of habits over worship and the domination of individual acts over worship allegations. It exposes moral decline and personal deviations, and it is being falsely categorized as defending religion.
Terrorism is exposing many diseases in societies. Since we have not reformed ourselves, we are about to destroy one another. And God is our helper.
This article was first published in Okaz on Jan 8, 2017.
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.