What is it that you fear, my friend? Is it the eight legged creature which crawl the night in silence? Or is it those foul creatures which hide in the cupboards of imaginative kids and under our beds, my friend? It is not wrong to fear. Never wrong; it is one of the basic feelings of a human being; even the bravest of men have a fear of something in particular; bossy wives, perhaps. Whilst true believers fear nothing but Allah, we commoners sure fear a lot of things.
Fear is subjective , and there are various kinds of fear, my friend. A phobia is a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding. Paranoia is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself.
I believe that our society lives in a paranoia. My friend, there is really nothing wrong to be afraid of something , but to a limited extent. A good example is the belief that non-muslims have the obligation and tendency to put pig essence in every food that we eat, every beverage that we drink, and every single product we consume. There goes tales that say that food with conditioners labelled E*** got some serious pig liver in it. That chocolate with the red mark is made from pig skin. Coffee beans got some pigs; really? Coffee beans? Really? Even dairy milk is contained with pig faeces and bone shards. People everywhere are anxious and restless. Is it essential that one must be careful with what he consumes, but he should be afraid of something real. Something that exists. If my favourite drink really have pig essence in it, as so said the religious authority and the panel of investigation, then consumption should stop. But all these are mostly slanders of the social media, without any proof, just a picture with some labels ,and we are bound to trust that without question.
Didn't it ever come to you that such slanders are just dirty marketing strategies to eliminate competition? Like the widespread SMS that said that Munchy's biscuits are made with a mixture of liquor and alcohol, and the manager is a real evil guy? Seriously?
To add to the monstrosity of such ridicule, is the recent accusations that the cartoon series Upin dan Ipin is a Freemason conspiracy. The word Upin means " I hate the prophet". Ipin means " I like Israel". "U" on the kid's shirt is a symbol for USA, and "I" stands for Israel. Now, Upin dan Ipin is a Freemason conspiracy? Really? Whoever believes such nonsense should die , for their supreme bigotry and the capability to create stories out of thin air.
Paranoid, we are, more than anything.
We are most paranoid with Jews. Even the word itself triggers a negative reaction-like pronouncing the name Voldemort. It is true that the Protocols of Zion exists, and there are tremendous measures against us,but, there are good Jews, I say, and the Quran approves of this, my friend. There are those who fought against the occupation of Baitul Maqdis, who stand against the policies of the illegal country, Israel. And they do exist, my friend. Only those who are aggresive, those slayers of innocent children and terrorists should be condemned, fought and exterminated from this planet , for good riddance.
"They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the verses of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating [in prayer]."(Ali-Imran, 113)
But enough chitchat, my friend, our paranoia is used against us. The words Jews and Zionists are used in every slander that the national media produces, because they know how much we are afraid of it , and how much we despise them. Bersih is a Zionist propaganda, they said. The programs held by the opposition is sponsored by the Jews, they said. Anwar is a zionist agent, they said. He is a friend of filthy Jews and killers alike, they said. What the hell, I say.
"O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful." (Al-Hujurat; 6)
My friend, there is nothing wrong to be afraid, and to be careful. It is a must that one be careful with such things, but too much of anything is always not something good, or so said a friend of mine. Paranoid, we are really.
It is not wrong to be afraid, but at least put the fear in something real. Something worth fearing. Slanders about pig essence in food is baseless, without any proof, and we have no reason to fear. We have to learn to fear that our daughters in schools get pregnant , and there are thousands of babies without a father. This is real , my friend, and something we must be afraid of.
We have to learn to fear that the government rejects the application of Islamic laws, and all of us voters will be questioned for choices we made that led to this.
We have to fear that our masjid are being deserted by young men and women alike.
We need to fear that our children wear nothing but skimpy clothes they saw in magazines and the internet.
Because we will be questioned about things that we fear and care most not to ruin, and our priorities, my friend. Even for us to fear something, there are priorities we have to obey. Should burglars enter a house one night and threaten the residing family for money, the father should fear more of the safety of his family, more than he fears the armed burglars themselves, more than he fears the loss of his fortune.
Priority, my friend, is vital.
Fear not, my friend, for Allah is always there for us.
"They said, "Our Lord, indeed we are afraid that he will hasten [punishment] against us or that he will transgress."
[ Allah ] said, "Fear not. Indeed, I am with you both; I hear and I see."
( Taha; 35-36)