In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate; blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
"Anyone who obeys the Messenger has obeyed God..." (Nisaa 4:80)
AN 'ustaz' during his weekly 'tazkirah' (lesson) at a 'masjid' near my house recently reminded congregators not to indulge in oppressing fellow human beings and even animals because it is a great sin that would harm the oppressor himself/herself not only in the Hereafter but in this world.
He said the 'du’a' (supplication) of those being oppressed would not be rejected by The Almighty for the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him, s.a.w.) had said to Mua’ad Ibn Jabal; “Beware of the supplication of the unjustly treated, because there is no shelter or veil between it (the supplication of the one who is suffering injustice) and Allah.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
The 'ustaz' said each of us especially those in positions and power must be careful when dealing with those under us because 'with a stroke of a pen' we could do harm and damage to them to the extend of jeopardizing their future.
"Imaging by signing a letter of termination of a staff for example, we could destroy his/her future. So we had to check and double check to make sure we are in the right track before firing a worker. For example we have to check if the worker had been defame by others," he said.
The 'ustaz' said a 'boss' who fired a worker would not think much about the person he/she dismissed, but to the worker the person who kicked him would be always in his/her mind, perhaps for the rest of his/her life.
"It was because with a one page letter perhaps with not more than 10 words such as 'You are terminated from the company effective Nov 25th' gave tremendous impact not only to him but his family and those close to him.
"Thus we must beware not to dismiss a person wrongly because if that person raised his hands in supplication (du'a) to Allah SWT than 'we would be finished'," said the 'ustaz'.
Another 'ustaz' warned us to be careful with out mouth - a word or two uttered by us could gave great impact on an individual or people. He said if we bashed a person with hurting words and he/she replied back then 'his/her action' and 'our action' were even...
"But beware to those who keep silence, being patience and remain compose and choose not to react to our abusive words and actions; if he/she 'reported' the matter the Allah The Almighty and pleaded to Him to take action against us, then we would be in great trouble," said the 'ustaz'.
He then read about the life of famous Muslims personalities such as Sayidina Hassan bin Ali bin Abu Talib who would gave presents to those who said bad things about him.
The 'ustaz' said the person who curse or slander another person was actually giving his/her 'pahala' (rewards) to him/her and if his/her 'pahala' was no more with him/her, their 'dosa' (sins) would be burdened on his/her shoulder. That's why many people were 'bankrupt' in the Hereafter.
Nowadays hurting and defamatory words are hurled 'freely' in the internet, one of the latest one was 'Kepala bapak kau' (literally your father's head) which was 'made famous' by a leader of the country. It is only a three word phrase but have had become 'a new favourite' and sensation among netizens.
In the international arena, a few words spoken or written too could give high impact regarding the future of a person, society, race, state, country, religion and so on.
Regarding this matter, it was interesting to note that a 67 words declaration (the Balfour Declaration), issued by the British government 100 years ago, changed the course of history for Jews, Arabs and the rest of the world.
A 67 words declaration sealed the fate of Palestinians, Arabs and the Muslim 'ummah'. It put and began the misery life of the oppressed people of Palestine.
As Muslims we should do a lot of reflections and seek a way out. We should increased and highteened our 'du'a' to our Lord Allah SWT as supplication to God is the weapon of Muslims.
And to dear Muslims brother, be it Arabs, Persians, Indians, Africans, Turks, Chinese or Malays, lets be united, in the Qur'an, Allah SWT says: "And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you - when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided." (Ali 'Imran, 3:103)