By: Tom Pride
The following comment was posted on an online chat forum for Muslims yesterday inviting responses:
Some of the other members of the forum became suspicious by the strange comment and decided to check the new member’s ISP address:
More up-to-date checks of the ISP address by other members of the forum showed the comment was posted by someone working at the Daily Mail Group (the Evening Standard used to be part of the Daily Mail Group):
The whole thread has now been deleted from the forum but it can still be viewed on Google’s webcache here.
So it seems the Daily Mail ordered one of their journalists to pose as an extremist on a Muslim forum to try to elicit comments they could use for an anti-Muslim story.
Fortunately they were busted.
In a civilized society, a national newspaper journalist trying to stir up hatred and controversy with lies and subterfuge should be so professionally shameful it would normally lead to the sack for the hack concerned and investigations into standards of journalistic accountability at the publication.
In this age of ours, we see that usage of the internet has become widespread. This (internet) has granted people a means through which they write without being known. Yet, the fact that a person can write while remaining hidden in name and person may cause them to develop the feeling that they are not under watch. And consequently, they cannot be called to account by any ruler, judge or police.
Here, the reality of one’s īmān is truly revealed. As for he who fears Allāh, he would never be audacious enough to write something that he knows will anger Allāh , such as attacking the honor of a believer and recklessly speaking according to one’s whims.
At this point, the extent of one’s fear of Allāh is also shown because if you write whatever you like to write, the leader, ruler, judge or security personnel will not be able to reach you if they actually wanted to. So the only remaining matter here is that which is between the slave and his Lord. So if the slave desires to know their level of fear of Allāh, then this is one of the times in which true fear of Allāh, ta’ala, can be tested.