New Rules and Deleted Comments

Alhamdulillah, as Muslim Apple continues to mature as a person and as a blog, I feel the need to revamp the comments policy.

My tagline which some of you may remember from the early days of Muslim Apple when I was still using the red and brown Quentin theme is now only visible on the Muslim Apple’s House page and on some RSS feed readers. It reads:

“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say good or remain silent.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

The full hadeeth can be found here.

The use of insults and coarse or foul language will not be tolerated.

The people with the worst akhlaaq will be the farthest away from the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam. And he described them by saying:

“Atharta’oon, al mutabayhaqun, al mutashaddaqoon.”

All of these three words have the same characteristics in that they are vulgar, crude, and coarse in their manner of talking. They are arrogant and look down upon people. They have bad akhlaaq and they show it to other people. These types of people will be the worst and the most hated by Allah and the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam, and will be the furthest from him on the Day of Judgment.

Before my Islam, swearing was common among my circle of friends. We did not consider it something significant. After my conversion, among the habits of jahiliyah that I began working on to change was my language. I do not swear and I have an intense dislike of any use of coarse or vulgar language in my presence. So on Muslim Apple, any comments violating this policy will be deleted.

In sha Allah, the following posts will be edited or deleted in the next 24 hours:

Mr. Angry on Flying While Muslim

Lubz on Muslim Fury at Being Offended

Gabriel Hernandez on Caryle Murphy, Yasir Qadhi, and the Headscarf

Q8iBloger on Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI

Laypeople will not be allowed to make takfir upon other Muslims.

Shortly after I converted, I participated in discussion on the IslamOnline forums and a sister with whom I was having a disagreement voiced doubts about my conversion and called me a Jew as some sort of insult. The experience while hurtful was actually very beneficial to my growth and development.

I do not like being put in the position of having to defend others against unfair or untrue personal attacks. If you want to attack someone, please do not do it here on Muslim Apple.

I ask my commenters to first protect themselves and to protect me from fitna and oppression by guarding our tongues.

Ameer al-Mumineen Umar radiyAllahu anhu once said: May the mercy of Allah be upon the person who gives us our mistakes as gifts.

If I make a mistake, please advise and correct me.

Abu Dujanah radiyAllahu anhu said: I was successful in life because I kept silent on matters which did not concern me.

And one of our teachers once advised us with these words: Most of the time people that use vulgarity in their arguments have no knowledge. Real scholars do not use vulgarity. Anger is not a valid proof in an argument. Stay away from the people of vulgarity.

Recommended Lectures:

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi: I Have Only Been Sent to Perfect Good Manners

Shaykh Waleed Basyouni: Dangers of the Tongue

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Author: Ify Okoye

Muslim woman, RN, & rebel with a cause.

2 thoughts on “New Rules and Deleted Comments”

  1. Salaam Alakium,

    I decided to moderate comments on my blog because of ignorant and hateful comments. Some bloggers have had some really bad experiences, and have decided to go with moderation. I’m for freedom of speech, but some people only know how to spew hate, so I don’t let my readers read such stuff. Freedom of speech comes with responsibility. And some people can’t argue intelligently, so they will just make ignorant statements, so I cut them right off.

    I think you will find that comment moderation will bring more peace and balance to your blog environment.

    Wa Salaam

  2. Asalamu alaykum,

    Yes, I agree. Remember when I first started, I had all the moderation and restrictions in place, commenters needed a wordpress account, and everything was moderated. Several people mentioned to me that it was difficult for them post comments so I relaxed the restrictions twice. Alhamdulillah, most of the commenters here are responsible but if it were to begin to get out of hand, I would definately consider re-instating full moderation.

    Wa salaam

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