Tuesday, 3 October 2017

LESSONS FROM THE NOUMAN ALI KHAN ALLEGATIONS: THE PROPER WAY OF HANDLING ALLEGATIONS OF SPIRITUAL ABUSE

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Over the past few days, the Muslim social media world has been a whirlwind of allegations, claims, mud-slinging, some back-tracking, and under-the-bus throwing. Onlookers are feeling a range of emotions including shock, sadness, anger, and confusion. Many are angry but cannot articulate exactly why. Many are asking questions to truly understand, only to be scolded for being insensitive. Some involved want to blame the Muslim community for the varying reactions but it cannot be denied that the recent allegations against Nouman Ali Khan (NAK) have been grossly mishandled.
There are many considerations when handling cases of spiritual abuse. In my own experience in dealing with these cases, I had to consider social factors, verifying evidence, veracity of the claimants, politics, covert manipulation, and moral issues. But before anything is to be considered, I had to define “spiritual abuse” and the benchmarks to be used. As an attorney, I found it most helpful to use my legal reasoning and analytical skills in order to decrease room for error in my analyses.  The purpose of this article is to introduce and make the case for the application of legal reasoning in addressing cases of spiritual abuse, even if outside of the courtroom.
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