The Messiah Herald Issue 04 May 2017 - Page 18

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE NEXT ISSUE PRINCIPLES OF MORALITY Are we justified to judge others? W HETHER WE MEAN TO OR NOT, there comes a time when we are judgemental of others. In our minds, we categorise people according to our own worldview. However, this tendency to judge others is not supported by spiritual values. Every religion decrees that it is not a religious person’s business whether someone is good or bad. Abrahamic faiths believe that God has allotted a day in which he will judge the entire humanity: the Day of Judgement. Therefore, whether or not you are religious, wasting your thoughts and energies on judging your fellow men is folly. Their choices should not have an effect on you. If you are a religious person, tell yourself, ‘Is God affected by those who choose not to believe in him?’ The goodness or badness of others has nothing to do with you. By default, we subconsciously believe, ‘I am the nucleus of knowledge. Anything not aligned with me is wrong.’ That’s not true. When you think somebody is morally imperfect, you are actually comparing them to yourself. If you consider them to be imperfect per your understanding, then it is because you think you are the best. You can say this only when you have perfected yourself – however, nobody is perfect. Jesus famously said, ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.’ [JOHN 8:7] We as human beings are not in a position to punish anyone. If someone has committed a crime, they should be turned over to the authorities of the country they live in. According to religions, we have no right to prosecute anyone on behalf of God. 18 When we look at people, we judge them by their actions and our perception of their actions. However, we cannot see their intentions. If you believe in God, you should know that God judges people based on his own criteria, taking into account their future and their hidden intentions. HH Younus AlGohar notes, ‘When you compare, you are not in pursuit of being good; you are in pursuit of being jealous. The source of comparison is jealousy. You are not elevating the standards of morality by doing that. You cannot judge people because you do not know everything about religion or morality.’ COMING UP PART II Religious Manipulation: The Backbone of Terrorism Look out for the second part of this two-part series on emotional intelligence, in which we dissect the tactics terrorists use to religiously manipulate their recruits. We take a look at emotional complexes and imbalances, different principles of morality and how scripture is manipulated for the terrorist agenda. MESSIAH HERALD / ISSUE 04 / MAY 2017 MESSIAH HERALD / ISSUE 04 / MAY 2017 19