by Abu Abdallah

It's between the lines!

We are often told that we live in the Information Age. However, much of what we take as information is in fact misinformation. Different parties with different interests at stake choose to convey their messages to audiences who often are not given the chance to reflect on the so-called news items.

It is essential that readers, viewers and listeners stop to think about what their minds consume. First, as too much information or misinformation always drowns the essential news, it is crucial to identify the items that are of most important and/or most urgent nature.

Each one should have his own set of priorities to look for when

analysing the media. The next step is to discriminate the facts from
matters of opinion. Thirdly, the audience must be able to assess the
intent of the communicator. Cross-checking information, comparing
different media channels and looking into what is not reported are
useful tools. A critical mind is a weapon against brain-washing.

An excellent example of biased reporting was the documentary on Tariq
Ramadan shown on "Envoyé Spécial" last week. To start with, the tv
channel France 2 accepted the assignment of investigating on Tariq
Ramadan from a man who had previously stood against him in a libel case.

Secondly, the interviews recorded were truncated. Allegations were
made that the normal viewer would not be able to verify. In many
cases, the reporter lied and played on well-known clichés to discredit
Tariq Ramadan. In substance, the thoughtful observer should ask one
simple question: " If Tariq Ramadan is as dangerous as suggested by the
reporter, why not bring him to justice under the arsenal of existing
legislation be it on anti-terrorism or anti-semitism?" This will not
be possible for the complete lack of evidence on the issue, unless
evidence is forged against him. If a tv channel funded by public money
has dared encourage such biased reporting, it may not be impossible for

other public institutions to deviate from their mission..

In face of such powerful plots to change the face of truth, civil
society has to be on the alert. This starts by critically assessing
what the media convey to us and reacting promptly to subjective
reporting. The mass-media have become the battle-field of modern times.

"...jusqu'à ce que leur vienne la Preuve évidente." ( Le Coran 98:1)

Le Coran est la Preuve évidente. Ailleurs il est décrit comme une
Lumière ou encore un Discernement. Ce qui indique que ce Livre fait
appel à notre intelligence. Le lisons-nous toujours en cherchant à
comprendre ce que Dieu veut nous dire?

Contrairement à certaines religions, l'islam interpelle notre capacité
de comprendre. Il n'interdit nullement la réflexion, la rendant, au
contraire, une obligation pour chaque être. La logique n'est pas
incompatible avec la Révélation. Le Coran est la Preuve et il se soumet
à l'épreuve de la raison. Parcequ'il est la vérité révélée, ce Livre
n'est nullement menacé par l'effort du lecteur cherchant à le
comprendre. Ainsi le croyant, loin de s'enfermer dans le texte
coranique, s'ouvre au monde en découvrant le Coran.

Comprendre que le Coran est la Preuve évidente signifie que développer
un esprit critique est une nécessité pour chaque être. Chaque
affirmation doit être prouvée, chaque information doit être objective,
chaque opinion doit être juste. L'islam ne laisse aucune chance à
l'ignorance, à la superstition, aux préjugés, à l'inexactitude ou
encore à la malhonnêté intellectuelle. La demarche scientifique moderne

doit beaucoup à la rationalité des premiers penseurs musulmans.

A l'heure où le culte de l'illusion et une pensée unique ignoble
menacent notre monde, les musulmans doivent devenir des gens doués
d'intelligence. Comme nous l'ordonne le Coran.


Century Welfare Association

Let Our Deeds Speak For Us.

Founded January 1969