Thursday, January 04, 2007

Message for Friday - Reconciliation is better than revenge


G'd says in The Qur'an (5:45):
And We prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoes it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judges not by that which G'dh has revealed: such are wrong-doers.
If the fiasco of the Saddam Hussein execution still fresh in the minds of the world's people, it is obvious why many view his execution as an emotion based, sectarian execution, especially when the greater crimes that he committed such as gasing the Kurds never went to trial.
One sect is inflamed as has sought retribution triggering another sect to seek it as well - the culture of revenge is puffing up bigger and bigger by the hour.
In order to have peace between a person or a group of people, someone has to swallow their pride and think of the long term injury of their venegful actions.
ولا يجزي بالسيئة السيئة ولكن يعفو
Ayesha stated that the Prophet Muhammad did not reward an evil act with an evil act, but he pardoned.
Pardoning does not mean not persuing justice. Justice, however, is an idea that has the objective of producing equality. Peace cannot be obtained without equality in society. Hence when one is treated wrongly, an act of retaliation may satisfy an emotional feeling, yet may produce more harm in the long term.
And surely G'd knows best.

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