I'm a Muslim and to be specific, I try to follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah as the noble companions did.
Now, I would like to draw attention to a few things I've observed on Islam.stackexchange.
- I see that there is a mixed audience of Sunni, Shia (and many other sects) and even non-Muslims.
As a human, I cannot read the heart of anyone. But from what is apparent, I noticed a variety of questions from different types of people:
- Those honest Muslims and non-Muslims who want to learn something
- Those Muslims and non-Muslims who just want to pick on the other person's sect (or on Islam in general) and find fault.
- Those who are 'shopping' for a verdict (fatwa) and go out their way until they hear what they like.
Sometimes if a person sees or receives an answer that he doesn't like, he'll simply down-vote it. This is nonsense. It's like a person asking a scholar for permission to have a temporary marriage for a week and if he says no, the scholar is abased. Islam doesn't work like that.
As a result of these incidents I think there is a greater chance for the hypocrites to manipulate our community (the Muslims, regardless of our sects). There is more chance of meaningless down votes and as a result even a prominent scholar or student of knowledge will be mocked at. There is more chance for people to bring down the image of stackexchange.
I fear that as a result of the hatred and confusion building up the whole purpose of Islam.stack... maybe lost. More fearful is the possibility that people may lose sight of the reality that they will be questioned on a day when they shall stand all alone in front of their Creator. It's turning out to be no different to a parliament of an evil government.
And although many benefits can be gained from a stack site like this, the damage could be greater - aoozubillaah.
I honestly respect all those people for what they believe in, even the disbelievers. I honestly don't think there's anyone who likes to go to hell. But I don't necessarily accept someone else's deen as correct. And similarly I can't stand it when someone (anyone) mocks at my belief.
As such, I think we need a few structural changes on this area of the stack.
Either break the two key groups - Shia and Sunni - onto different stack sites rather than one single Islam site. This way no question/comment or answer will be tolerated if it attempts to slander or mock at either site or their belief. If there's a real need to do so, they can take it outside to a different platform - not the stack; the stack is not the only place for a forum or anything similar. There are plenty of slander sites out there.
Bring a feature to categorise the question/answer according to belief.
Introduce a rule that no downvotes are allowed without a comment.
My key concern is that we safeguard Islam and do what's best for us in this world and in the hereafter.
So does anyone have a better suggestion or should we break the site into two parts to accommodate a single belief system?