The vulgar abuse that two BBC radio presenters – Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross – poured onto the answer phone of a 78- year-old man has rightly brought condemnation on the two individuals.
A few voices are even questioning the editorial policy of the BBC. However, very few people look at the underlying values in society that has elevated these presenters to the level of ‘stars’, and similar behaviour that is now the common currency of modern culture in the west.
Two months ago a repulsive insult to the Prophet Jesus (as) was exhibited as a ‘work of art’. Earlier this month, a slanderous insult to Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his family was published in the USA as a ‘work of literature’. Now, cruelty and abuse of a 78- year-old is a piece of entertainment!
Numerous people in western societies are prosecuted to sadistic and cruel behaviour towards children, adults, and even to animals. They get their kicks, like these presenters, from the discomfort of others just like bullies in schools, or pupils who take pleasure in making the lives of their teachers hell.
That no one makes a link between these things is tragic. People complain about the symptoms but not the cause. In many cases, the perpetrators are just as much victims of the values as those whom they harass. A society which actively encourages and breeds these values through its laws, its media, and its common culture is taking children born in a state of natural innocence and corrupting them.
In the translated meaning, Allah (swt) tells us in the Qur’an that “Surely, We created man in the best of stature. Then We reduced him to the lowest of the low, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds.” [TMQ At-Tin 95: 4-6]
It is a welcome thing that increasing numbers of people in western societies are questioning such behaviour and want it stopped. It is a sad thing that lone individuals in the Muslim community do not recognise the harms from these liberal values and are calling for the freedom to insult others – even the Prophets of Allah. May Allah guide us all to the straight path.