| Azlan Othman |
THE religious authorities have slammed social media users who have made slanderous remarks on Facebook and Whatsapp, pin-pointing the flaws of individuals which then goes viral. “It is regrettable to note that making slander remarks is not only confined verbally nowadays but also through the cyber world,” said the Imams in the Friday sermon yesterday.
The morals and emotions of the victim could be easily tainted by the Internet world. Sadly, it has become a trend nowadays in the society to commit such irresponsible acts and spread unfounded allegations which then go viral and become the talk of the town, the Imams added.
It could lead to demoralisation of the victim and his or her family members, and worst of all, the victim may commit disgraceful acts such as suicide.
The perpetrator would think that committing such act is just for the fun or as a source of entertainment, but little do they know that making slanderous remarks is big sin, which is worse than committing murder, and they would receive severe punishment in the days of the hereafter, the Imams continued.
It might be difficult for us to get away from individuals who make bad remarks but we must strive to stay away from such people and give advice to the perpetrator, urging them not to commit such malicious acts.
Making slanderous remarks could lead to misunderstanding, cause frictions amongst siblings and peers or even divorce among couples. It could also lead to the instability of a nation. Therefore, the Imams urged Ummah to be cautious and not to engage in such acts and to think wisely.