A new trend is brewing on social media, scores of tweets with pictures and videos are being shared to defend or defame a certain region or tribe. Unfortunately, youths today engage in mud sling on social media adding to the chasm and discordant relationship between the predominant tribes of the country.
“The root of all ‘isms’ is a perception of superiority”
Tribalism today has found its niche amongst the educated youths who see themselves as patriotic to their region by spewing insults and posting photos and videos of prominent citizens of their regions to prove their superiority over another group. Social media has made it possible for people from the ends of world or their countries to communicate instantly, instead of sharing ideas and experiences, our youths today prefer to attack one another bordering on ethnic and religious differences.
Uqbah ibn ‘Amir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“No one is better than anyone else, except by religion or good deeds.”
Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 4767
Concerning the Hadith cited above it is quite unfortunate that we engage in any forms of discrimination even though the messenger of Allah SAW had already made clear the stance of Islam on what elevates the status, one person, over another.
Never has there ever been a period in time in the existence of mankind where humans are as interconnected to each other as we are today, I urge us to take advantage of this in more productive ways because the sad reality is the many sociocultural problems plaguing our society today doesn’t discriminate against any region. What youths need to understand is, beyond tribal or religious adherences are problems such as unemployment, unfavourable business environment, corruption etc which affects everyone regardless of their tribal or religious affiliations
I do hope we could set aside our differences and work towards better accountability from our leaders and to push for more favourable reforms in our country.