Archive Pages Design$type=blogging

Fact Finding Vs. Fault Finding: On the Adab (Etiquette) of Criticism


There is a forum called Sufis Without Borders by Prof. Alan Godlas (Shaykh 'Abd al-Haqq) the main purposes of which are: 

(1) to enable those who have some knowledge of Sufism to share it with those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Sufism;

(2) to enable people who are practicing Sufism to share their insights about Sufism with each other; and,

(3) to foster harmonious relationships and dialogue between participants.

Now just like any other forum, due to our human limitation, some people sometime will start to use it as a spring board to criticize others and turning the space into yet another arena for peoples' egos to fight in. Judgement, more judgment, self-righteousness, my way or highway, our group is better than the rest because... etc.

Whenever such a thing happen, the founder of the Group, Shaykh 'Abd al-Haqq will always report and remind the etiquette of communicating in the group as well as remind the guidelines for moderation.

While reading it through, I found them very helpful personally in rectifying some of my own lacking and limitations and wanted to pay a lot of attention to them. I am moved to share this here as a post so that others can learn from this as these things are hardly being taught in our schools, colleges and universities or any other place in our societies. 


I. Criticism of Shaykhs (and Prophets) and their doctrines or writings

Many participants have their own shaykhs and are also devoted to particular prophets. Hence, if anyone were to criticize a shaykh or prophet or their writings, it could easily be offensive to them, leading them to drop out of the forum. This has in fact happened in the past. Consequently, criticism  of a shaykh's (or prophet's) writings, personality, behaviour, or legitimacy is prohibited.

----

II. Criticism of Members' Postings in General.

If you have a different opinion than another member, note that you have a different perspective and express it, but in doing so, refrain from putting down the other person. If you want to criticize a member's posting, you should email the person privately and ask if they want to know your criticism. If so, you can then email them privately your criticism.

Alternatively, you can take your criticism over to our Sufism, Politics, and Debates group.

Moreover, while all forms of criticism are not permitted on Sufis Without Borders, certain forms of criticism (all either unreasoned or disrespectful) have been voiced in the past and are particularly in
violation of the guidelines/adab of Sufis Without Borders; and if such criticism comes to the attention of the moderators, it will result in one warning; if continued, such criticism will result in the author being put on moderated status; and if continued further, it will result in the author being banned from the group. What follows are some examples of particular forms of criticism that are clear violations of the guidelines:

1) Criticism that is not-reasoned or not based in a documented fact (e.g. "What he wrote was is simply wrong!"). This means that even if you are privy to ma'rifah (gnosis) or haqiqah (Absolute truth), if you can't support your gnosis or truth with reason or historical fact, do not use it to criticize a shaykh's or anyone else's statements.

2) Criticism that is sarcastic or not respectful (e.g. "I'm appalled that your judgement would be so bad as to accept what he said as being true."),

3) Criticism that contains implicit or explicit threats or warnings (e.g. "That's a dangerous statement that he made."), with the exceptions that moderators are permitted to warn members who are violating or coming close to violating the guidelines.

4) Criticism involving accusations of saying things that are religiously prohibited (e.g. "What that shaykh is saying is bid'ah (prohibited innovation) [or haram (forbidden) or kufr (disbelief)].") Note the authentic hadith (as far as I can remember it) "When one Muslim accuses another of being a kafir, surely one of them is!"

5) Publicly calling for someone to apologize or accusing someone (either members or moderators) of violating the adab of the group - this is called "vigilante adab-policing." (Deal with the person privately and/or report the problem to the moderating committee.)

6) Criticism on the basis of authorities without support from reason (e.g. My shaykhs say that that is wrong.)

7) Criticism of particularly countries, ethnic or religious groups (like Muslims, Shi'is, Sunnis, Hindus, or Jews), or religions.

----

III. For discussion involving criticism and all kinds of contentious issues and argumentative perspectives, we have another forum: Sufism, Politics, and Debates http://groups.google.com/group/Sufism-and-Politics .

While scandal mongering about shaykhs or prophets, backbiting of Sufis Without Borders members, and personal vendettas against members are not permitted there, virtually anything else, including criticism of members' postings and criticism of the writings or doctrines of shaykhs, is permitted in the Sufism, Politics, and Debates forum.



There is a difference between fact (truth) finding vs fault finding. Those who have in God's Beautiful Quality Who Constantly Covers His Creature's fault from others - must also emulate the same. Thus the hallmark of saintlihood is to cover the faults of others, not exposing it. May we realize the difference between fact finding and fault finding.


Allahumma, 'a'inna 'ala dhikrika, wa-shukrika, wa-husni 'ibadatik. Wa-la taj'alna, rabbana, min al-ghafilin. Ameen.

O Lord, assist us in remembering You, thanking You, and in the beauty of worshipping You. And do not put us, O Lord, among the neglectful. Amen

COMMENTS

Follow the Author on Facebook

Name

99 names abida activism adab adamandeveit advaita advice alchemy alchemy of the divine Ali alka Allah almsgiving americandiary anab analysis antiwar art article ascetic attributes audio authority award bahai bahaullah bangla bangladesh baul bawa beauty bengali bhakti bible bill whitehouse biography blog book book review booklog bosnia breath bual buddha buddhism calligraphy carnival carolyn charity children Christ christian christianity Christology click comparative comparative religion compassion consciousness contemplative tradition conversation cosmology counsel creative creative thought creative thoughts crucifixion current affairs dante darshan death deception democracy desert spirituality desire destiny devotion Dhikr diary documentary donation download dreamwork DVD dying earth ecospirituality ego egypt eid end time endtime enlightenment eschatology esoteric ethics event evil exegesis exergesis experience faith fast fasting feminine folk forgiveness freedom from sectarianism fundraising ghayb gita globaloneness gnosis God golden sufi gospel governance grace gratitude guestblog guide on the path gurdjieff hadith hadra hafez hafiz haiku hajj haqiqat haqqu hasidic headscarf headscarves healing health heart hinduism history house rent humanright humor husayn illusion imamuddin imran-hosein in_quest_of_oasis inayat khan infographic inspiration integral spirituality interview islam islamophobia jesus Jesus Christ Jewish journalism judaism justice kabir kahlil gibran kenwilber Koan Koran krishna language last age law of attraction life link Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee love love. inspiration lyric mahmud shabistari maktub malamat mansur hallaj mary mary magdalene Mawlid meditation meditative quranic verse mercy metaphysics miracle miraj Mohammad mosque movie Muhammad music muslim mystic mysticism mysticsaint poetry mysticsaint prayer mysticsaint thought Nachman naomi naqshbandi nature news news. jesus tomb old age oneness origin original osho palestine paradox peace philosophy photography pir zia inayat khan pluralism podcast poem poem on God poetry poety poll porshee positive psychology poverty practice prayer presence present project Prophet Muhammad protest psychology qawwali question quote Quran quranic qurbani rabbi meir ben Baruch ramadan reality reincarnation relation religion Remembrance resource Resurrection retreat review roundup rumi sacred activism sacred geometry sacrifice saint saints saying sayings of Prophet science secret secularism self service Shadhiliyya shamanism Shamcher Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee shrine Sidi Sikh social media sohbet song soul sound speedlink spiritual spiritual materials spirituality Sponsored statistics story submission sufi sufi healing sufi podcast sufi poetry carnival sufi tale sufi tariqa sufi text sufi wisdom sufi-infographic sufihaqqu sufis sufism sufism wisdom sufism. hinduism sufitale surrender survey symbology tafsir tagore tantra tao teaching technology ted temple terrorism the secret thelogy thought thoughts time translation travel tribute truth unity upanishad vatican veda veil video view violence visit webcast wisdom witness woman workshop worship yoga zakat zawiya zen zen mind Zikr
false
ltr
item
Technology of the Heart: Fact Finding Vs. Fault Finding: On the Adab (Etiquette) of Criticism
Fact Finding Vs. Fault Finding: On the Adab (Etiquette) of Criticism
There is a difference between fact finding and fault finding. May we stick to the first and oppose to the last.
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lACFckEF_Xw/Wqs39dV3j4I/AAAAAAAAP8Q/9UmfJlIgfbQh9dsCJpCnwrNjo7h6UWREgCLcBGAs/s640/grapes-2715711_1280.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lACFckEF_Xw/Wqs39dV3j4I/AAAAAAAAP8Q/9UmfJlIgfbQh9dsCJpCnwrNjo7h6UWREgCLcBGAs/s72-c/grapes-2715711_1280.jpg
Technology of the Heart
http://www.techofheart.co/2018/03/fact-finding-vs-fault-finding-on-adab.html
http://www.techofheart.co/
http://www.techofheart.co/
http://www.techofheart.co/2018/03/fact-finding-vs-fault-finding-on-adab.html
true
9500025
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago