tape 3 – alex “the labeler”

Imam Sadiq (a.s) said: “He who habitually tells the truth, his deeds are purified; God increases the sustenance of the one whose intention is good; and he who treats his family members well, God prolongs the length of his life.”

“You’ve heard of the butterfly effect, right? That if a butterfly flaps its wings at just the right time in just the right place, it can cause a hurricane thousands of miles away.”

Alex Standall was a close friend with Hannah. Alex tried to sleep with Hannah. However, she rejected him and he got mad. Alex then decided to make a “Hot List” and on the list Hannah’s body was rated one of the best. Her classmates did not think it was a big deal, but Hannah was angry about it. She did not like how her classmates were portraying her as an object. Because of Alex’s list, Hannah was continually sexually harassed.

Alex’s list was irresponsible and childish. It started to affect Hannah in a negative way.  We should think about other people’s feelings and consider how we will feel in their position.

Truth and intention are two words that go hand in hand. In the context of Islam, they are both required to be honest and pure. Our religion gives us freedom to make our own choices, yet what we do with those choices defines our true intentions.  In the above tradition from Imam Sadiq, he emphasizes the importance of telling the truth while having good intentions. Although Alex may have believed what he was saying, his intentions were to cause harm, which in fact he did.