Many Judges and That too without a Degree

By Umer Raza Bhutta

Let me start my article with verses from Quran.

“O you who believe! If a Faasiq (liar — evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done”. [al-Hujuraat 49:6] – and

“And, for what your tongues describe, do not utter the lie, (saying) this is lawful and this is unlawful, in order to forge a lie against Allah; surely those who forge a lie against Allah shall not prosper. A little enjoyment and they shall have a painful punishment.”  (Surah an-Nahl 16:116-117)

I fear we can take many different meanings out of these according to how and how much these verses hit us. Anyway, I am not entering into this argument. Let’s move on.

Last year I wrote an article on cut and paste syndrome, which is available at my blog. That article based on our new found love of Facebook and an urge to share everything that coincides with our sense of amusement. Over time this habit has taken a very dangerous turn.

Very recently our facebook pages are studded with political inclinations. The election 2013 has not only brought good things to surface but has also exposed many. I am amazed to see how people feel comfort in sharing abusive language on social media.

They not only stop here but feel no harm in labeling any politician, journalist or any one they hate as an agent, a traitor, even a devil and equate him/her with disgusting animals. We have seen in recent times many such sickening & fabricated pictures, fictitious news items and quotes that were targeted towards ridiculing those who are seen and heard on TV channels. These people who paste them on facebook with their own smiling & dignified pictures might also have come across in the real world as civilized, polished and upright. I doubt those who paste these through their account know the veracity of these items neither they have any confirmation or proof to what they have pasted. Above this there are many such facebookers who in a single attempt paste a quote from Quran, Hadiath or any religious personality and paste their favorite modal’s half nude poster. This might be their freedom indeed and I do not want to challenge them. Yet I feel while ridiculing any political leader, celebrity or any person a confirmed proof must be accompanied. The confirmed proof for them is the phrase “I know it, Don’t you know it – everybody is talking about this”. Can there be any proof or it is all what they heard from someone, seen anywhere and smelled it from a mile.

Mr. Chief Justice of Pakistan through his justice movement that ended in 2009, if nothing else, has actually created many Judges on-line. Everyone on Facebook is a Judge and wants to be a Chief Justice, that too without a degree.


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