According to the online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns. In the medical profession the term is now avoided in favor of diagnoses of specific mental disorders; the presence of delusions or hallucinations is broadly referred to as psychosis (L. M et al; 2002).
In line with the above exposition, it can be safely opined that many seemingly sane people in the world today are actually mad. Their kind of madness is unique for the reason that it’s free for everybody to get and contagious. To briefly examine some common acts of madness displayed by presumed sane people.
A selfie is defined as a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a digital camera or camera phone held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This madness called selfie, going by observation on social media platforms and real life experiences is the reigning champion of all time madness. People take selfies anywhere even if they can be killed, anytime and anyhow. In an article titled “selfies cause narcissism, mental illness, addiction and suicide?” published by Guardian Liberty Voice, Rebecca Savastio presented the opinions of professional psychologist who all agreed that selfies can cause mental illness and warn parents to pay close attention to what kids are doing online to avoid any future cases like what happened to Bowman (he attempted suicide because of selfies). Thankfully, due to the diligence of his parents, he is alive today, but had his parents not gotten him help for his addiction to selfies, he may not have been as lucky.
Unfortunately, many muslims are not left out of this craze despite the severe warning and threat given by the rasooluLlaah with regard to tasweer (image making)
‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Those who will be most severely punished by Allaah on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, see al-Fath, 10/382)
Some take pictures during virtually all act of ibaadah and even during some appalling period like funeral processes.
Obviously, many people are suffering from a particular madness called nomophobia – fear of being away from phone. Many people cannot just do away with their phones. They use their phones where it’s inappropriate. While driving on the road, walking on the street, lecture rooms, in social gatherings, religious outings and even while chatting with their spouse. Many marriages are at the brink of collapsing because one of the spouses is overusing their phone. A lot of problems come with nomophobia. One is that, considering the different conditions people use their phones, it poses serious health challenges to the users. Germs are ubiquitous, and they are very likely to be transferred from one place to another through the phone. Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at Queen Mary in 2011 indicated that one in six cell phones is contaminated with fecal matter. Under further inspection, some of the phones with the fecal matter were also harboring lethal bacteria such as E.Coli, which can result in fever, vomiting, and diarrhea (badr et al; 1996). Some scientist have equally linked glioma tumors — a common benign tumor, a rare but deadly form of cancer to excessive use of phones. The greatest danger of phone addiction is the destruction of interpersonal relationship with actual people. People no longer care about others. Because of phone addiction, we do not see those lovely people extending their greetings with a smile on their faces; we ignore details of very important things in life, we are simply bad-mannered to the real life persons by giving undue importance to our cybernetic friends.
This madness is common among the youth but some elderly people are not spared of the lunacy. We read that early men were naked and some of them actually wore leaves. As civilization advances, man started using clothes as covering for their nakedness. The fashion of today takes man back to Stone Age. It allows for scantily dressed persons to assault the public. Another annoying trend common with their nudity industry called fashion is the shaving of eye brows and fixing artificial eye lashes. If the trend is not checked, catapulting the society into the Stone Age where nudity is the order will only be a matter of time. Religious organizations are equally not spared of this malady.
We are in the era of all forms of jalbaab and hijaab. Some muslim women tried without daleel to make the hijaab fashionable, stylish and sexy such that they are seen by the people and complimented with “you are so beautiful”. Even the men have taken the bankrupt celebrities as models, wearing tight fitting clothes, torn clothes and terrible hair styles all in the name of style.
May Allaah save us from ourselves, ameen.
By Jaleel Qaasim Aboo Maymoonah
29th Dhul Qa’adah, 1438 AH.