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Liars and lying

Iqbal Ebrahim

Lying comes in many forms surely I don’t have to explain it to you. We all have done it: Gossip, slander, misrepresentation, breaking of promises, and most of all, making deliberately misleading and vague statements. Whether we like to admit it or not, we are all prone to it and have done it one time or another or even continue to do so, on a daily basis – the habit of lying. Because of its abhorrent nature we have created prettier names for it and coined such excuses as fibbing, white lies, forgetting, bending / stretching the truth a bit, misinterpretation, miscommunication, and so forth, but admittedly they are lies nonetheless.

‘O People shall I inform you on whom it is that the Evil ones descend? They descend on every lying, wicked person, into who ears they pour hearsay vanities, and most of them are liars’. (Quran 26: 221-223)

Lying is the source of many evils, because those of us to whom lying comes easy, we actually begin to believe that we can get away with any misdeed by covering them up with suitable lies. Thus the cycle begins and we go on to commit numerous other sins or crimes with ease, impunity and no conscience at all. We can become so obsessed with lying that in order to appease our inner-self we have created those ‘pretty’ names for it. There are many of ways to try to convince and make yourself feel that you haven't lied, but deep down, you know that you are misrepresenting the truth and if you feel that way, deep down within yourself, it is very likely that you have lied.

We are all prone to it at one time or the other: If you say, ‘I will be there around six’, and you do not intend to get there until seven, you have lied. If you say to someone who is waiting, ‘I will be right there’, while you know you are running one hour late, you have lied. If you say to your child, ‘I will get you some ice-cream if you do this’ while you did not mean to do so, you have lied.

Lying is a sin, according to the Quran: ‘And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is).’ (Quran 2:42). This was elaborated further by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he said: "Verily, truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to the Paradise. A person speaks truths until he is recorded by Allah Almighty as a truthful person. Whereas, lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Hell-Fire. A person lies until he is recorded by Allah Almighty as a liar."

Lying has a cycle and unfortunately it perpetuates itself. Those of us who have perfected the art of lying do not continue to tell simple lies that can be proved to be false. When we tell lies we fall into the cycle of having to remember those lies so that we don’t get ‘caught out’. We move further or rather deeper in the game and become hard core liars. And when you have spoken a lie you will feel a sense of restlessness because you know that what you have said is contrary to the truth –  and you are now constantly in fear of being caught out. And in the process you begin to think of further lies. And the question is: How long will you then continue fooling yourself and none other?
The worst thing about lying is that hard-core liars never admit that they are lying. In most cases, no matter how hard you try, a well-oiled liar can get out of even the most of situations where it has been proved that they had lied. In fact, at times, their inner conscience become so clouded by their lies that they do not even notice that they are lying – yet they go on spinning falsehoods by way of habit.

The constant uttering of lies makes us become desensitised to lying and for some of us it brings excitement and pleasure. While lying we may feel excitement during the very moment of lying. Afterwards, when we “get away” with the lie – there is the false sense of pleasure that comes with a type of relief, pride in the achievement of getting away with it, or even feeling smug. This is attitude becomes destructive for our general and social well-being. Lying can become the source of evil leading to many wrong things, hence liars cannot really be true believers because it is against our belief and faith. A true Believer will find it difficult to bring himself or herself to tell a lie. In other words, the habit of lying cannot exist in a person whose heart has true faith in Allah.

A verse in the Bible says: ‘Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord; but they that deal truly are His delight’. (Proverbs 12;22)

On the receiving end many of us when we know we are being lied to, feel a sense dismay, disappointment and even anger. This can create an uncomfortable barrier between people when we feel that we are being made a ‘fool of’.

Unfortunately lying can begin at home at an early age. How many times have we promised our kids a ‘gift’ if they do something and never follow up on our promise? You know simple things such as: ‘if you behave yourself I will buy you an ice cream / sweets’, and never do so. For example when someone calls you on the phone and you tell the kids to respond: ‘he is not at home’. Yes we teach them those little lies!

Being honest, truthful and trustworthy are the cornerstones of being a believer. Honesty is one of the greatest of all moral virtues. From it, springs forth many of the noble human qualities like integrity, chastity, and valour. Some people might suppose that honesty is restricted to words. This is not the case. Honesty can manifest itself in our actions as well as in our innermost state of being.

Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said: ’Truthfulness is tranquillity, and lying is restlessness.” Meaning that when you have spoken the truth, nothing else but the truth, you will feel a sense of peace and calm because there can be nothing contrary to it – because in reality and no matter how much anyone tries to misbelieve you, they will find nothing else but the truth.

‘O, you, who believe. Keep from disobedience to God in reverence for Him and piety, and keep the company of the truthful (9: 119). AND: Only those are the believers who have truly believed in God and believed in His Messenger……. Those are they who are truthful and honest in their profession of faith’ (49:15)

‘Do not confound the truth by mixing it with falsehood, and do not conceal the truth while you know.’ (2 ; 42)

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): ‘ Promise me six things and I can promise you Paradise: speak the truth, keep your promises, fulfil your trusts, remain chaste, do not look at what is unlawful, and avoid what is forbidden.’

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Export Processing Zones: How to Get SEZA to Sizzle

23rd September 2020
Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factory in Kenya

In 2005, the Business & Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) pitched the idea of the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to the Mogae Administration.

It took five years before the SEZ policy was formulated, another five years before the relevant law was enacted, and a full three years before the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) became operational.

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Egypt Bagged Again

23rd September 2020

… courtesy of infiltration stratagem by Jehovah-Enlil’s clan

With the passing of Joshua’s generation, General Atiku, the promised peace and prosperity of a land flowing with milk and honey disappeared, giving way to chaos and confusion.

Maybe Joshua himself was to blame for this shambolic state of affairs. He had failed to mentor a successor in the manner Moses had mentored him. He had left the nation without a central government or a human head of state but as a confederacy of twelve independent tribes without any unifying force except their Anunnaki gods.

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23rd September 2020

If I say the word ‘robot’ to you,  I can guess what would immediately spring to mind –  a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and  tv shows.  Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name,  Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama,  Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…

Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us  inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator,  Box in Logan’s Run,  Police robots in Elysium and  Otomo in Robocop.

And that’s to name but a few.  As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves.  And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of  robotics in the workplace.

ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.

A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles.  It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.

DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,

AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour

These examples all come from the aptly-named site    because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.

This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count!  For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars.  It’s a theory, at any rate.

Already, customers at the South-Korean  fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic.  The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners.  Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.   

‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP. 

Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions. 

Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders.  Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.

These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly  Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.

And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth.  Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.

But there may be more redundancies on the way as well.  Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable?  So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid?  Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons  may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!

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