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“Take an Action” February 6, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Western Culture.

I don’t know how exactly or when did I find myself subscribed to the “American Family Association” ‘s mailing list.

The “AFA” is a non-profit, pro-family organization whose online “action site” promotes traditional family values, focusing primarily on the influence of television and other media on the American society.  What I liked about AFA’s e-mails that I keep receiving, and which they refer to as Action Alerts, is how they always include a way to take action now within the e-mail (or website). I respect that there’s always a facilitated way to actually take an action within their e-mails that are usually discussing one or more family/society threatening dilemmas, instead of just spamming people with endless e-mails and stopping at that point.  Instead, they show you how to TAKE AN ACTION NOW (see image below).

The "Take An Action" Link in AFA's E-mails

The "Take an Action" Link in AFA's E-mails

When they were protesting about Obama’s new health system, the “take an action” would redirect you to send an e-mail to your local governer explaining your reasons of rejecting the new policy; when they were angry at Pepsi Co for arranging pro-gay marriage parades, the “take an action” was to sign a petition and send e-mails directly to their managers.

Whether those petitions and/or e-mails are effective enough or not is something I can’t judge. Still though, it makes sense to be proactive and try to “take an action” regarding the things you dislike instead of just blabbering about them endlessly and critisizing them loudly wherever you go.

It sounds appealing to me, to be a little more quiet, a little less talkative, a little more proactive, and a little more effective, towards problems around us.  It’s time to focus.  It’s time to diagnose the problems more wisely, and try to correct them more calmly, and effectively.

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ:  مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ



1. DSH - February 18, 2010

Great topic!
I agree that we should think of something similar but not a family association! Something that can combine religion, scientific inspiration and moralities.
There is a website that helped me to get inspired with this idea first (http://www.balligho.com). If you subscribe to it, you can daily receive Hadeeth or Doaa. I myself could memorize many of them that I used to forget when I used to listen to in a lecture, radio or even after reading it once in a book. What if you send a story or Hadeeth and you let people take an action to change?! I guess we still need something similar rather than spreading stuff without taking actions!

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