One of the attributes I love in a person is to make him/herself become objective in certain situations. When we discuss topics, especially when it comes to Islam, I admire those that think and attempt to become objective just for those moments. A partner to this attribute is non other than akhlaaq. It is vital, so that we may maintain relevance, objectivity and emotionless reasoning. Without akhlaaq in discussion no one can become objective in reasoning.
Anyway, a few months ago an old acquaintance of mine from university FB messaged me asking me questions regarding shi’a fiqh and belief. Anyway after some discussion it came to Aisha. He asked me to listen to this lecture by Mumataz al-Haq; a guy whom I dislike quite a lot.. I said I will if you listen to a lecture by Sayyid Ammar about Aisha. Anyway, I linked him and went away to listen to Mumataz and write all the points down to reply to them. Took quite some time even though I had heard the same points frequently repeated (some of them are just illogical imo). Anyway I responded to the main ones and I asked if he’d listened to Sayyid Ammar yet. He hadn’t but we discussed Aisha anyway and eventually we just agreed to disagree.
Just to point out, I admire this guy a lot. Even in uni times he was very open-minded, especially to me and we just call each other out on things like it’s nothing. No awkwardness, but if you’re going to waste my time without trying to engage properly and putting equal effort in then what’s the point. If you want someone to see sense or make them understand your point of view at least be willing to participate at least at the level of the that person/s.
The point is, he wasn’t objective in his approach. He decided to let me do all the work, maybe in hope that I see sense randomly, without ever trying himself.
Akhlaaq people. Akhlaaq to the nth degree.