Facebook and Da’ee
With a deep penetration of Facebook in our society, from a teacher to a student, from father to son, from a bureaucrat to a Class IV employee, from a religious scholar to a liberal, from a madam working in the office to a Muhtarma at home all literates and illiterates of political, social and religious parties are active on Facebook. Some use it for the entertainment and others with an agenda. There is hardly an issue that netizens fail to bring on this virtual discussion table.
For people associated with the Islamic movements, the problems arise.
Should we be on facebook?
I will answer it in affirmative. Yes, you ought to be here.
Look your friend list provides you with an audience that you cannot even think of in the real world. Take a look at your friend list and find out if any of your ‘Ijtima’ can bring them all together. No, they hate your label. They will not come at your invitation. Some may have apprehensions to assemble under your banner. Some of them have a preconceived false notion about you. Some are totally ignorant and haven’t heard even the name of your movement.
Come on brother, you have an opportunity to deal with all of them.
You can formally introduce your mission, modus operandi and the methodology. The people who have been misinformed can be rightly guided. All you have to do is to write a short paragraph (post), a video clip or a comment. Not a big deal. You want to lose it? A Da’yee does not easily give up such opportunities.
Is Facebook a Fitnah (something cursed)?
Facebook, as such, is not a Fitnah. We make it so. If we are not disciplined, not nourishing our soul and mind with the divine teachings of Allah SWT, we can easily get swayed by the satanic temptations.
And this distraction is not limited to Facebook only. The devil can take you to adventurous destinations other than Facebook. So it is up to you and you only. We as Muslims are supposed to constantly do ‘Istigfaar’ day and night and seek refuge in Allah from the evils of the creation. With this much of explanation, I think the Fitnah theory stands null and void.
However certain guidelines that we need to observe are here:
(i). Make limited use of it. Let it not become an addiction. You can make a schedule of ‘when to use’ and follow that strictly. I’d personally recommend the evening arrival for that fetches you a large audience. Note that I did not say ‘night’ which is meant for sleep.
(ii). Don’t give your opinion on everything that happens around or is being discussed. Stay focused. Everything over there is not meant for you.
(iii). Take your time to react (like, comment, post or share). Don’t go with a rush. Your activities are being watched by your friends and can seriously disrepute you.
(iv). Keep an eye on your friend list. Let the numbers not grow unabated. Make judicious use of block, unfriend, unfollow, delete options. Social media trolls and those uploading obscene content forfeit their right of friendship in the Islamic circles.
(v). Write the language that you are most comfortable with. People generally have a tendency to write in English when they can write better Urdu.This ‘language enforcement’ spoils the whole idea that you are sharing.
(vi). Posts must be written with an intention of ‘promotion’ not publicity. In the former case, you are earning for your Aakhira (day of Judgment) while the other tantamount to destroying your good deeds.
(vii). The disagreements should not breach the moral and ethical standards no matter how strong the provocation from the other side is. Stay calm or leave the conversation.
(viii). Age factor needs to be appreciated. I have seen young boys criticizing people of their father’s age on Facebook in a casual and a crude manner. The spelling mistake is not a punishable offence. It must be excused.
(ix). To avoid controversies it is prudent on part of a writer/critique to escape the names of individuals. Discuss ideas, statements, policies and paradigms with little reference to the individuals. And last but not the least
(x). Facebook can seriously damage your habit of book reading. The only remedy in this regard is to follow a timetable that lays emphasis on regular book reading.
Disclaimer: Views expressed are exclusively personal and do not necessarily reflect the position of Oracle Opinions.