Investigative Reporting! By Majid Al Suleimany Reply

For Sunday September 2nd 2012

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Investigative Reporting!

  • As to the ones who forge such lies, they are the ones who do not believe in the revealed signs of God. Thus it is they who are the liars.” (16:105)
  • The Prophet (pbuh) also said: “The complete believer may have any characteristic in his nature except treachery and lying.”
  • A Muslim can be a coward or a miser but can never be a liar.
  • The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was asked, “Can the believer be a coward?” He said, “Yes.” He was asked, “Can the believer be a miser?” He said, “Yes.” He was asked, “Can the believer be a liar?” He said, “No.”
  •  On the Day of Judgment. Allah, the Almighty says: “This is the Day when the truthful shall benefit from their truthfulness. For them are Gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they shall abide, forever and ever, God being well-pleased with them, and they well-pleased with Him. This is the magnificent triumph.” (5:119)

I was watching this programme in Al Jazeera titled – Africa Investigates! The programme is a master-piece Journalism where Journalists go underground to investigate various aspects of things – mainly crime and corruption ‘infested waters and patterns’ in life – and at dangers, perils and risks to them – even including their own lives too – but they still do it not because of the thrill and excitement – but mainly to report and expose evils and crimes in society!

Another such nice programme is Al Jazeera Correspondent – where their correspondent returns home to undertake such investigations and expose. And reporting on news and topics far way from what we never see or will be reported in the usual news and coverage!

In actual fact if we in the Arab World need an example of a Television Channel that vows to expose and tell The Truth – than Al Jazeera is the best example to quote and a feather in their cap in coup and in achievement. To such an extent that even people in The West – and including Asian and African countries switch to Al Jazeera if they want to find out the Truth – and not the old famous channels of the Past! No wonder many people are really scared and worried about Al Jazeera – and what they can bring – and expose!

I do not consider myself as a Journalist but fell into writing by default and inadvertently. Writing has been my hobby and passion since I was 14 years old. I have now published eight books – and two of the latest are Behind The Wheel! – www.bethesafedriver.com and Between Us Only! – The Sequel – Three! – www.myown-ebooks.com The later carries all my articles in the last three years – and are there mainly for records and for future legacy – rather than profit – as there is no money in books and writings – at least as far as we are concerned – like I always say in my books – and in my columns and in my websites!

I liked these programmes of Investigative Reporting – Africa Investigates – and I do not mind watching the same episodes again and again – exposing the hideous and rampant crimes and corruption in their societies – and at great risks and dangers to themselves. Other equally good programmes are Panorama in BBC – and Sixty Minutes too in CNN – and others similar. There are many such other programmes in the Regional Televisions.

I remember first-hand this interview of one person in Tripoli in Libya during Ghaddafi time – and he was saying that he heard so many stories going on – but the TV channels are going on their businesses as usual – and not even reporting that Benghazi had fallen. I do not watch much Arabic Channels unless I have to – but watching the Syrian Television – and comparing to what I see on Al Jazeera – I wonder aloud if I am still on earth – or have gone with Discovery to Mars!

As a Columnist – I get many letters of ‘gripe and beef’ from Readers who want me to tell their stories – but I have had enough of my own situations per se to want to get involved with others – though I know well the following quotes:-

  • On the authority of Abu Saeed Al-Khurdari, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah say: – Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart; and that is the weakest of faith – Muslim 79
  • The world suffers now not because of evil people– but because of good people that have decided to remain silent – Albert Einstein

Truthfully, my head is already swollen and red banging it against brick walls – but I really admire these Journalists courage that can risk everything – and that includes their own lives too! They are my heroes!

So please forgive me if I consider to pass – or ask for a ‘rain check’ – and or ask to be excused. I know some may get disappointed – and some do get annoyed and angry at me – but my fingers have been burnt too many times before! To the extent that even those now doing good and great things to me just get my casual thanks and appreciation. I am that very much tired …and afraid too – of everything now in life!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

 

 

The Month of Forgiveness! By Majid Al Suleimany Reply

Wednesday July 25th  2012

 At The Workplace! – Outlook!

The Month of Forgiveness! 

  • Indeed the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah (God) is the one with the most Taqwa (Righteousness/God Consciousness) – Surah Hujaraat – 49.13.
  • Allah’s special mercy comes on the families (nation) that are united, harmonious and peaceful – especially in Taqwa and in the Fasting Month – The Hadith.</stron*30 Sha'ban 1437*

    Please read also!

    Ramadhan Kareem!
    https://majidall.com/2012/07/20/between-us-only-ramadhan-kareem-july-22nd-2012/

    Please also read – So that you might be Righteous in Life!

    So that You might be Righteous!

    ADDED BIT!

    06 June 2016
    Monday يوم الاثنين

    _Salmaan رضي الله عنه reports:_
    _On the last day of Sha’ban Rasoolullah صلي الله عليه وسلم addressed us and said:_
    *(regarding Ramadhaan)*..
    This is a month, the first of which brings Allah’s mercy, the middle of which brings his forgiveness and the last of which brings emancipation from the fire of Jahannam.
    Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Jahannam. _*(Bayhaqi)*_g>

This Ramadhan (2012) I got a nice message for the month from one person. The number was not registered in my Mobile – but I decided to accept the nice message and send one back in reciprocity! Unfortunately, the person decided ‘to spoil it all’ by asking me if I really knew from whom the message came from? And asking me to ‘keep trying to guess’! I politely declined ‘the offer’ – and had decided to just register the person as ‘Sender Good Ramadhan Message’!

That was not enough for the person – because he did not give up! I guess the reason was ‘he or she thought I would be very much surprised to receive this kind of message from him! It seemed to me that the person ‘was keen to be found out’ – so we can take it off from that level! But if you are not telling – who am I to push you to come forward and tell me?

It dawned on me that this could be a person that I had crossed with and upset in the past – and he is making a subtle move to come forward – and say it in his own ways and styles!

The day before Ramadhan we had a family get together – because it was a long time since we had one together as one whole family – and also to celebrate some of the children finalists good examination results – and one or two who had got promoted – and of course with a new car to show the rest of us too – with the old bangers going over 7 years now – and cannot afford a new one still yet!

Frankly, I try to be ‘my level best’ in these types of social gatherings nowadays – and just to show you how bad things have now become in society – because definitely there will be one or two determined to get you pissed off and upset – for just some rice and morsels – and make the rest of your day to be upset and to be annoyed!

 

The thing that they can easily find fault to upset and annoy you is in your passion of writing – and nitpicking minor things to be made mountains from molehills on a driving pursuit and purpose to do their bit. They like to call it as ‘constructive criticism and feedback’ – but if you ask him to explain himself clearly in more details – than just the one sentence or two he picked out of context – he fails miserably!.

But then he will say to you that you are now becoming over sensitive – and the age element has definitely kicked in – for you to behave like this way! The question to ask here – if this can come within – who needs enemies outside? A famous Arabic expression says – rightly too! – A thousand enemies outside the house are better than one within! 

Things have gone so bad nowadays – because at Family get-together times even – you get people – after years and years of being sidelined and being marginalized – have now received promotions that have gone to their heads – being contemptuous, cynical, satirical and pompous! Looking down on others the lesser lucky and fortunate in life! 

Like I always like to say – a few more Baizas has changed the person completely – in an adverse – and negative way! That is why if I am not invited to any social gathering nowadays – it is not ‘sour apples’ – but honestly – I feel that the person has done me a good deed indeed! 

A friend of mine had sent me this saying – which I will share with you! The most testing time for a woman is when her husband has gone poor and broke – and for a man is when he has become rich and famous! He gives me his own life story as proof of what he is saying here – when he became astute poor –and with losing his position and job! With children even – and or no children either! 

So I messaged to the person – There is something that you perhaps do not know about me! I always try my level best to avoid conflicts as much as I possibly can! I also can promise you that I never cast (throw) the first stone either! But after cautioning you after several trespass and interferences – I can turn nasty to even shock you! I then come down charging – like a bull in a glass shop! Admittedly, some may even say – his reactions outdo his silence and patience at the outset. Taking it from the 90/10 principle of reacting to situations! 

As a Writer, Author and Columnist – I will be naïve and stupid not to realise that I have upset and annoyed people – and will continue to do so – so long as I keep writing on in my life! Even if I decide to stop – I will upset those who want me to continue – and even write much more than before! Like Louis IV had said – Whichever side I take or whatever I will do, I will still be blamed by the other side! 

In all my life and in my pursuits – I have always aimed to change the things I can do so by myself if I can do so – and if not – speak or write about it! In weak moments – yes – I have gone to the lowest levels in Religion – of saying – I am against this – but I am afraid – and have now joined in silence the Silent Majority! 

Like the unfairness and injustice being faced now by me – but there is nothing that I can do on my own – though have talked about it several times in my columns here!

In the spirit, graciousness and kindness of the Holy Month – I ask for forgiveness for those that I may have upset and annoyed – and even by default and inadvertently! I still believe to speak the truth always as I see it – and ready to change my mind if shown and or convinced otherwise! 

But I also feel deep in my heart and in conviction – body and spirit – that only a person that really cares, feels and does not want ‘things to go bad and or wrong’ – will tell you exactly what he thinks – for the general good, remedy, corrections, peace, harmony and for future generations, history, legacy – and for our destiny too. In that way you will forgive me too – for I will hardly change! 

Ramadhan Kareem! Take Care! 

By:- 

Majid Al Suleimany 

www.majidalsuleimany.com