02: [#MuslimFreeStyle] Let’s Talk About Bullying
”O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers. (Al-Hujurat 49:11)
Have you ever experienced B.U.L.L.Y.I.N.G?
Who is a B.U.L.L.Y?
Sadly, bullying is a very common phenomenon in our world today.
It happens in schools and at work places; typically among children & teens although adults are not excluded; and can take many forms from physical to mental, verbal, social and cyber.
Is Bullying in Islam OK?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, bullying is defined as ”to treat (someone) in a cruel, insulting, threatening, or aggressive fashion.”
In the book, ‘The complete guide to cyber bullying’ book by NoBullying.com, bullying is ”described as a continuous behavior of
hurting, harming and creating distress and anxiety in others.”
No doubt, it is a behaviour that borders on abuse and maltreatment and has no place in Islam. Bullying at all levels is improper, insincere and inappropriate as it brings about pressure and oppression in many forms.
Bullying in Islam is a no-no, as it is clearly a type of oppression.
Bullying in Islam is not OK. It is unacceptable, although some Muslims use it ignorantly to commit great injustice.
A simple rule to remember is:
‘Do not bully, do not stand by bullies, and always help the bullied’
- What does Bullying mean to you?
- Have you ever been bullied, stood by a bully or supported the bullied?
- In what ways can you check bullying ~ in your school/workplace or community?
Its time FreeStyle It. Grab the Mic and let’s GO.
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, (SAW) said, “Support your brother whether he is an oppressor or is being oppressed.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, we help the one being oppressed but how do we help an oppressor?” The Prophet said, By seizing his hand.” In another narration, the Prophet said, “By restraining him or preventing him from committing injustice, for that is how you support him.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
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