By: Alex Goldman
This week’s shooting at the DC Navy Yard was the latest in a long string of breaking news reporting to get many of the essential facts wrong.
In fact, the rampant misreporting that follows shootings like this is so predictable that OTM has unintentionally developed a formula for covering them. We look at how all the bad information came out. We suggest ways that the news media could better report breaking news. This time, we’re doing something different.
This is our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook. Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, we’re looking at the other end. Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad. We’ve even made a handy, printable PDF that you can tape to your wall the next time you encounter a big news event.
My dear brothers and sisters, my dear fathers and mothers, each and every one of us is looking for the formula of happiness. We all want to be happy. Nobody gets up one day and says, ‘let me take the formula of depression. I’ve spent countless years happy, I need a change.’
Nobody says that. Everybody wants happiness. And if we look at those who spoke about happiness, we find that some of them said that happiness was in the attainment of financial standing or material wellbeing. Some of them said happiness was in the attainment of many children for example. Some of them said happiness was in having a handsome or pretty spouse.
But if we really research those who got what they wanted and thought was happiness, we find that they never really attained the formula of happiness. They might have attained a portion of what gains happiness, but in terms of attaining happiness and its formula, in its totality, then they did not most definitely attain it. And they would testify to this themselves. Allah in his book given that Islam is the complete way of life and has taught us everything good and warned us against everything bad, has indeed taught us the formula of happiness. Allah says…
Laa ilaaha Illallah
Listen to this, Allah says, ‘for the one who does good deeds from both the males and the females and they are believers…then for them Allah will give a resilient life, a happy life, a fulfilling life. And the price of living a life full of good deeds is not restricted to happiness in this world, rather it follows on into that which is known as ‘the perpetual life’. May Allah makes us one from amongst those happy both in this world as well as the Akhira. Ameen!
So this here, O servants of Allah is the formula of happiness.