Gatherings are with trust

We can see in all cultures that many may have a wrong impression. Here the writer of the article also believes that in the West it would be considered a given that anything said to other people would not be private by default. But normally we would consider everything said between people as something for their ears and normally private unless otherwise stated.

 

Normally we would consider a form of ethics that the person spoken to knows exactly what can be shared and what not.

 

A sitting with two or more people is in the West like it is in the East considered a meeting between four eyes and four ears, where privacy is the rule of the day and one does not expect the other being a clarion.

 

We do not know why this writer thinks we in the West do not have any rules of privacy nor dignity. But spreading such stories is doing no good to neither societies.

 

The writer should also know that as for them the exceptions to the rule would be gatherings (meetings) that are considered public by nature. But even for those bible classes are intern, and as such would also have things there being said which would not have to come to the general public.

He should know that like Islamic classes or halaqas where an open invitation is sent to the community, Western people also know it is better to only relate what is part of the scheduled talk and not things said as an aside, especially if they are personal.

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Al Amatullah

اَلْمَجَالِسُ بِالْأَمَانَة (رواه أبو داود)

Gatherings are with trust.

مجالس (majaalis) is the broken plural for مجلس (majlis) which comes from the root جلس (jalasa), meaning “to sit”. Basically, a majlis is any sort of a sitting with two or more people.

An أمَانَة (amaanah) is a trust, and it comes from the root امن (amuna) which means “to be faithful, reliable, trustworthy, to be safe, to feel safe”. Other words from this root include آمين (aameen, related to the English word amen), and مؤمن (mu’min) which means a believer.

In Islam, it is considered a given that anything said to other people is private by default. This is opposite to how much of the Western world operates, where all communications are considered to lack privacy unless people enter into an agreement of privacy – and…

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