Whom to Blame?

Who is responsible for the societal degradation? We have a habit of putting the blame on others and never accept our failings and weaknesses.

 In the ancient times, when any nation was deeply involved in any malpractices, they’re heavily penalized by Almighty. However, as humans continue to explore the world, make social, economic and technological advancements, they succumb to worldly desires, and thus become inured to these deprivations.

Social Evils

Social evils like adulteration and bribery are rampant in our society. During childhood, we heard a story about a milkman who was punished for milk adulteration. And he was only adding water, just water. Oh! Look at the current scenario when we request our milkmen to add, just water, not any hazardous substance. They always nod in affirmation but must laugh at our naivety. These moral deprivations are so deeply rooted in our system that it’s almost impossible to uproot them.

I still remember plays about bribery which hammered the messages about the repercussions of this social vice. As time passes, that evil penetrates every stratum of society and we become oblivious to the fact that this life is nothing but a temporary abode. We all have to play our part in this world and then accountable for our deeds in Hereafter.

Whom to blame? Who is responsible for societal degradation?

If we cast a cursory glance at our business community, a large proportion of them would never reveal the defects of the products. In case of any complaint from the customer, they would replace the product but never lower the price. And if that particular item is last in stock, and you want it badly and willing to accept the minor defect, even then, you’ll never get any concession. However, in West, they’d immediately respond to your query and make a reduction in the price.

Our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also asserted the fairness in trade. According to him, parties involved in transaction should be fair and honest (about the defect in commodity) with each other. In doing so, the blessings in trade would be increased.

Rizq is a multifaceted term.  It (sustenance) is not just limited to material gains, it also takes into account our mental calmness, peace at home, health, family ties and everything that brings benefits for us all.

A lot of green grocers never weigh justly and earn a few rupees from every sale. The same goes for most of the vendors who think that a profit earned from each customer would add up to a significant sum by the end of the day. They never consider the barakah {in rizq (sustenance)} they’re losing in doing so. Rizq is a multifaceted term.  It (sustenance) is not just limited to material gains, it also takes into account our mental calmness, peace at home, health, family ties and everything that brings benefits for us all.

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