A classmate once asked me to proofread her paper about an advertisement analysis in English class. I was reading through it and was impressed that she did such an awesome job. It was the type of paper I’d read by a professional. And I was right. A few nights later, I’m looking stuff up online, and we were using the same advertisement, so it was only natural that I’d stumble on a site which she would have stumbled on. I was reading the article, and was sitting there with a confused look on my face. I coulda sworn I’ve read this before. And then it hits me, o..mi..gawsh…she didn’t! She did! 😯
I didn’t really have it in me back then to slip the teacher a note telling her about the student, but I saw that student many times since, and I can’t help but mutter tsk tskk in my head. It sucks. Everybody wants the great job to get the great salary that gets them the great house and car and life. But they don’t want to work for it. Whenever people plaigerize, they just reveal their character. They don’t give a dang about the work of another person, and others are meant to just do things for them. Sure you’ll get an A for the assignment, or whatever recognition you want, but you didn’t learn anything because you didn’t put any effort into. And you know what, maybe you will get away with it. But as a Muslim, remember that Allah is watching.