Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Social Networking in Islam [COMPLETED]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Asalamu alaikum!
Back with another "Techie Tuesday".


All image's made by Owh So Muslim!

If you like posting blog articles, tweet's, tumblr post's, facebook status', are you concious of the impact which each of those can cause? Remember we are Muslim's, everything we do or say is recorded, both good and bad. There is no 'delete' button in our book. 

When we are online we can become so invested or sucked into the world wide web we can become highly distracted.

The internet is a great place to learn, inspire, teach, complete errand's and chat with family and friend's.
However if it is abused then the internet can be a highly destructive place.

Owh So Muslim have released a fresh-out-of-the-oven batch of image's to helpfully remind us of the etiquette's of social networking in Islam. I thought I would incorporate them here as I have been wanting to write a piece on this subject on some observation's and personal struggle's.


This applies everywhere. Pop-up's, what other people share online, spam you name it, even if you don't go out and search for the haram it may just be that it will find you. What to do? Lower your gaze. If it's a Muslim sharing inappropriate media, message them privately with your concern and polite dawah. Also, just because you are on your own browsing those site's or typing that comment, it doesn't mean to say that your angels sitting on each shoulder have switched off. Plus we all know that Allah sees all. Remember to have the correct niyyah (intention) when doing everything in life. Don't let these harmful thing's come back and bite you in the backside. I don't want to be 'that sister' but just remember that it could be one harmful post/action which puts you between Jannah and Jahanum. As a friend, from me to you, i'd recommend going through your old posts, files, archive's and removing whatever it is that, you know in your heart or heart's, is not acceptable, and ask for forgiveness. 

If you look deep down inside, are you googling, typing, or watching for Allah SWT?



Considering the amount of information at our finger tip's and ease of access, there are alot of gullible people around. If you don't have time to check your source, don't share and spread it further as it maybe a lie. There are many companies out there dedicated on making money off of gossip and tabloid's, we should not be funding this sin. Stop the fitnah.
Also, be wary of the sin's of the tongue, Nouman Ali khan goes into detail about that here. There's so much reward in speaking the truth and sharing true, positive beneficial information or news. Speak a good word, or remain silent. Also it is a sin to speak falsely of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) or claim he said such and such when you don't know the truth. It's no surprise that there is alot of bad thing's in the world but we can counteract that with happiness and truth, especially article's concerning our Rasool.



A few thing's here have already been covered. Please do not forget yourselves when typing, especially when it comes to swearing. In life, thing's can just slip out if you haven't taught yourself to guard your tongue. However when typing on the internet, there's the thought process of using a particular profanity, then you type it, and then you hit send/share. There really is no excuse to be sharing these kind of word's. If you don't know how to express yourself in other way's, a great tip is to read more, increase your vocabulary. Again, you don't want your life book to be full of nasty, hateful word's and you can easily change that.

Others have to read what you share, please do not make them be a witness to your bad behaviour on the day of judgement. Not to mention that our bodies will speak and have to say what we made them do, what the eyes saw, what the hands touched, what the ears heard and so on. I have seen people on facebook apologise for a rant and someone else (a Muslim) told them, along the lines of "don't worry, it's your wall, they don't have to read it" like they don't know what facebook is. Yes, it is your own wall, but if those status' are open to friends/public then someone can come along and scroll down and can read it without knowing what it's about. When I read that comment, it really made me sad, how fellow Muslim's can be selfish, have such a bad attitude and encourage negativity rather than encouraging the sister to do better the next time (if there ever was one). 


You can use the internet for alot of great thing's. Set up a blog to help other's in the world (recipes, travel blogs, how-to's etc), twitter account to share authentic hadith, tumblr to post islamic reminder's, facebook to promote a charity event, make dawah video's on youtube. As long as it's within the guidelines of Islam, go for it! Set up your little corner of the internet and you will be pleasantly surprised by how far and wide it can reach, inshaAllah. Remember to have the correct intention before starting.

You are what you eat, and your subscription list can become who you are. Remember the hadith about the perfume seller? Who we assosiate with, what we watch, what we read and do all have an effect on us. 
 
The Prophet ﷺ reminds us of the importance of good company in this hadith (record of the Prophet ﷺ): “A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace.” [Bukhari, Muslim] 
You may wish to take a walk down memory lane at all the thing's you have posted on the internet and see if any need deleting, so they don't harm anyone else who may stumble across it in the future.

If you are subscribed to some not-so-great thing's, it's easy to hit unsubscribe. If you find something is having a negative effect on you, dragging you down, changing you for the worse: unfollow. This life is too short to be wasting time on thing's which aren't of benefit to you on the day of judgement. Afterall, that's why we are all here, right??


Time management. Organisation. Night owl's. 
If you find that social networking  is taking far too much of your time - snapping a pic for instagram, uploading, scrolling twitter, reading your facebook, then checking your comment's on your IG photo, then writing your @replies, liking a funny cat picture on facebook........you need to prioritise.

Even if it means removing the apps from your phone so you can only check them on your computer. Try not to let something as insignificant get in the way of your Islamic duties. Think about which will benefit you more when you most need it. Time yourself if needs be. We can all get sucked in at times but if you balance it or do more islamic duties and feel satisfied with your day then that's great. Evaluate your day before you fall asleep at night. Think about if you passed away would you be happy with what you did that day or would you be regretful? Tomorrow is a new day and inshaAllah you (and onyl you!) can change it for the better.


Thanks for reading.




2 comments :

  1. Assalamulaikum Sister Yara,
    Thanks for sharing.
    I think whatever we do if it is in accordance to Islamic teachings insha Allah everything will be fine. Not only you get benefits in this world but also a pleasant reward from Allah in the hereafter.
    Wassallam.....

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