SHAFAQNA – Since we learnt of the demise of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani this January 8, 2017, great many people have chosen slander to remember a man whose life was spent in service.
Regardless of what many may think they know of the Ayatollah, maybe … just maybe we ought to remember that his family is still very much in mourning, and that our prayers, and NOT our poisoned words must be offered in condolences.
Maybe we ought to remember that a soul departed and that Judgement is not in our hands, and should certainly no live on our lips.
Whatever faults he may, or may not have committed we should pray that his good deeds will far outweigh the bad.
We should pray that God will look upon him with Mercy and Compassion and recognise in his stance that of a Shia of Ali, and that of a follower of AhlulBayt.
Too often have we chosen division when it is unity we should have promoted. “Hold on the rope of Allah, and do not disunite,” the Quran calls on.
Disunity is the road to perdition … slander is the weapon of the weak-hearted and foolish.
A man died, a man whose memory should be celebrated for the light it allowed to shine forth … whatever else should be forgiven, everything else no longer matters.
Compassion should remain our anchor!
Remember that as he awaits Judgement so will we … what would you like your community to speak? How would you like to be remembered, and are we of those who speak ill of our dead?
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna