Should We Hate Saad Lamjarred?

Arguably one of the biggest artists in the Arab world, the Moroccan Saad Lamjarred is facing yet another sexual abuse case. For the third time since 2010, Saad Lamjarred has been arrested for sexual assault or a similar crime. Just a few days ago he was arrested in France. He has yet to be convicted of any crime, but should we be convicting him publicly? Is it fair to assume that since he’s been accused three times, he must’ve done it?

As usual, in our Arab society, people jump the gun and assume guilt right away, before knowing facts and details. However, that’s not the point I want to discuss with you today. Regardless of whether he’s guilty or not. Regardless of the legal aspect of this situation. Should we all hate Saad Lamjarred? Should we all put him down and say his career is done? Is that the right thing to do at this time?

I don’t think so. Here are my thoughts on why we shouldn’t hate Saad but help him. Saad Lamjarred is someone that is lost. Someone that is pleading for help and needs it bad. Through his negative actions he is pleading for attention. To repeat the same mistake a third time, there must be something really wrong that isn’t being fixed. Saad feels alone right now. But the thing is that he’s felt alone for a while now. Loneliness is a human’s worst enemy. People act out of character when lonely. Some go as far as committing suicide. Others commit crimes. I think Saad is lonely and needs everyone around him now more than ever. We have two options, one is to hate him and move on to hating another person in need. This first option is the typical way we deal with such situations and it clearly hasn’t panned out. The second option is to embrace him, let him know that he’s not alone, and stand by him to help him heal and recover. Without us around him, he won’t be able to reintegrate into society. Which means we’d lost yet another person that we cannot afford to lose.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. This is a discussion and not an argument. Also, this isn’t a popularity contest about who likes him as a musician. Saad is a human like all of us, and that is what this discussion is about.

Roni – @RoniAJM