The Search for ‘Big Brother’

Assalamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Ever since I read the scary 1984 by George Orwell I have been most fascinated by the ‘concept’ of Big Brother.

And now, through the TV show on Channel 4, all of us can now become, to an extent, ‘Big Brother’.

Isn’t it amazing what people will do when they know when they are being watched?  And when they know that every action and speech of theirs is going to be scrutinised, isn’t it brilliant to watch people checking themselves and controlling what they say – or not?!!!

In the book, the main character is part of a society which is, in his view, repressive, tyrannical and controlling.    This repressive state watches the actions, words and even tries to monitor the thoughts of every citizen in the state so that they do not upset the values and ideals set by ‘Big Brother’ and do not alert the suspicions of the ‘Thought Police’.

The state creates a certain ‘normality’ which it tries to mould every one of its citizens into, and flushes out the minority who don’t follow this thinking and indeed, try to think for themselves…..

…..BUT, I promised myself that I wouldn’t discuss the socio-political questions raised by the book and thus bore my readers to death – no!!  What I will do, however, is tell you about how close we are and yet how far we are…..

What do I mean?

Well, according to the ‘Big Brother’ concept, there is someone who is watching everything that we do, listening to everything that we say, and knowing everything about our lives.  And it isn’t so difficult to believe that this is true, especially in today’s world of high tech surveillance in which the vast tracts of data and personal information we divulge everyday are constantly being monitored by the powers that be.

So if mere mortals can do this, then why is it so difficult to believe that there is a Supreme Being, a Creator, someone who sees everything, someone who hears everything and someone who knows everything also being capable of doing this?

It is the belief of Muslims that this Supreme Being is in fact a reality – it is ALLAH.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

‘And whether you keep your talk secret or disclose it, verily, He is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men).

Should not He Who has created know?  And He is the Most Kind and Courteous (to His slaves), All-Aware (of everything).’

Qur-an [67:14]

‘And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.’

Qur’an [2:256]

“Have you not seen that Allâh knows whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth? There is no Najwa (secret counsel) of three, but He is their fourth (with His Knowledge, while He Himself is over the Throne, over the seventh heaven), nor of five but He is their sixth (with His Knowledge), not of less than that or more, but He is with them (with His Knowledge) wheresoever they may be; and afterwards on the Day of Resurrection, He will inform them of what they did. Verily, Allâh is the All-Knower of everything.”

Qur’an [58:7]

And so that is the belief of a Muslim, the belief in the Omnipotence of Allah.  That there is nothing which Allah does not see, nothing which Allah does not hear and nothing which Allah does not know.

From the scratchings of a tiny ant, to the movement of enormous planets, from the sunrise in the East to the sunset in the West, from the big speeches broadcast out loud to the murmurings of the heart which even we are sometimes not aware of, Allah is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing, the All-Knowing.

So, the next time you slow down for that speed camera so that you don’t get caught speeding, just remember that although the camera did not see, somebody else did…..

The search for ‘Big Brother’ is over – we have found our One, True Allah.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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One Response to “The Search for ‘Big Brother’”

  1. very very true
    its only when you reflect on your life and see how much you are ingulved in “dunya-(world)” that you forget that there is always the supreme being watching over you

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