I am Human
On a particular slow day at work (which comes very often lately) and while I was isolated in my cubicle I overheard a conversation between a colleague (which I’ll call Khalid) and a visiting friend (which I’ll call Waleed) … here is my own version of that conversation:
Khalid: so how’s work?
Waleed: what work? I get paid not to work
Khalid: (laughs) did you talk to your boss?
Waleed: no one works over there they only give the people they want.. what should I do if they don’t give me work?
Khalid: but this makes your salary “haram” (unless someone can come up with a better translation: religiously forbidden)
Waleed: no I asked a religious scholar about it and he told me since “neyetek” ( hmmm lets just say: you are willing to ) is to work then you salary is “halal” ( not forbidden … not to be confused with our version of kosher)
Me: @@ !
Now just to clarify something .. I am not an eavesdropper .. but this conversation found its way into my ears and kept me thinking .. when did we reach the point when a simple question of morality and ethics has to be answered by a “religious scholar”?! If every simple thing about right and wrong has to be addressed to a “fellow human” who may have his own shares of mistakes then where is our conscious here? what is the role of this amazing creation of God we called “Brains”?! and what is the purpose of such creation if really only few people need it? and why should we even worry about making mistakes and being punished if we just could hire someone to make our decisions and suffer its consequences?!
Some may think that I am exaggerating with my thoughts here but I am not and this is a serious problem that we are driving ourselves deep in… it is a problem when the human heart and brain turns into that of a robot … when a woman sees a person in desperate need and had to make that call to the “religious scholar” if its halal to help him/her or when a man needs someone to tell him that accepting a monthly salary to stay at home is right or wrong … then yes i believe we may have a problem here … but then again (on a more positive thought) every problem comes with a solution… what’s yours?