What does it matter what the leech or the peach do?
Posted on November 20th, 2010

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai  Dehiwela.

Reading the piece written on “when the Leech attacked the peach” written by the globally known celebrity Koluu (Daily Mirror 19/12/2010) I cannot help but feel a bad taste in the mouth. I do not belong any  of the classes mentioned in the article. But all these seems to be just simple malicious gossip.

Gossip is sweet and interesting, as long as you are not at the receiving end of it. Reading the article I was just imagining the feelings of the persons concerned. How they must be feeling. How the society must be making them feel. Most of all if it does  not mean the ones actually putting on the hats , or the ones on whom the hats are put on.  

None of us are infallible. None of us are perpetually the hi fi or the lowly. None of us deserve to be laughed at in public. I think coming from a distinguished personality, I am sorry to say, it is bad taste.

The Quran teaches us in Sura Al-Hujurat  49:11

O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong.

 I am sure all religions teach us this  same value. Entertainment is a vast area. We need not hurt others to entertain. We see this despicable habit creeping in to our journalism (if we can call it that) in the tongue in cheek columns in major newspapers. i think it is, to say the least, is of bad taste.   

Let’s be gentle on others. We may need it at other times.

 By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai

3 Responses to “What does it matter what the leech or the peach do?”

  1. De Costa Says:

    Let kill teenager who choked a baby when feeding by beheading. Let drive nails to women workes who do not obey men……
    Let’s be gentle to others ! what a hypocrat the Mareena ! When Saudis do bad things it is the Sri Lankans fault.
    When Sri lankan do bad things it is also Sri lankans fault.

  2. mjaya Says:

    Well I know a place where you can get a good laugh. Its known as the Saudi “justice” system.

    After all where else in the world can you divorce you wife for….
    watching a TV show with a male host alone!!!!!

  3. Siri Says:

    Mr De Costa, you should know that Saudi has no real legal system. They make up their own laws as they go along to suit themselves. In this incredible country if you go in a taxi and the driver has an accident, he will point to the passenger and say he had the accident because the passenger asked him to go where he went. That is the law there. The biggest mistake that President George Bush made after nine eleven was not to go into Saudi Arabia and take over that place instead of going to Iraq and Afganistan. We could have had cheap gasoline and there would be an end to Terrorism by effectively cutting the funding for the Terrorists.

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