USE SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBLY
(S. Ameenul Hasan )
A friend of mine had asked this question.
” Well, I will be interacting with several students from my town. As per my observation all these students are very active in using Social networking sites for Islamic cause but unfortunately they are busy sharing communal contents which in fact leads to communal hatred. Hence my effort will be to guide them on what we should be discussing and also to make them understand what is the impact of sharing such communal posts.”
My observation/advice would be…Action can be changed only by changing the mindset. Hatred countered by hatred begets more hatred. Yes, we know there are certain elements in India who nourish on prejudice. They eat, drink, and sleep hostility. But a vast majority are still peace loving. But the apprehension is that by the communal response of our emotional younger generation , the hatred mongers of majority community would be justified and validated.
Why does our young gen behave that way ? Simple reason is that what comes out is what they have in mind. Unfortunately we have forgotten that we are a da’ee ummah brought forth for leading the humanity, showing them the right path, the path of their innate nature. We are here to give and not demand
Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 110:
كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَلَوْ آمَنَ أَهْلُ الْكِتَابِ لَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم مِّنْهُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in Allah; and if the followers of the Book had believed it would have been better for them; of them (some) are believers and most of them are transgressors.
On the other hand the fascist forces perpetuate anger & hatred, fire up heated ill feelings against Muslims. This phenomenon is known as prejudice which means
– An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.
– Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
– An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.
The reason for this mental sickness to develop is the stereotyping Muslims that they are traitors, outsiders and threat to the nation. This can never be dispelled by reactions or being indifferent. Whereas, this can only be corrected by being in touch with them, inviting them to our mosques, marriages and other programmes. The precondition to this is to love human beings and be a giver in all walks of life.
Nine things the Lord has commanded me:
1. Fear of God in private and in public;
2.Justness, whether in anger or in calmness;
3. Moderation in both poverty and affluence;
4.That I should join hands with those who break away from me;
5.And give to those who deprive me;
6.And forgive those who wrong me;
7.And that my silence should be meditation;
8.And my words to be remembrance of God;
9. And my vision to be keen observation.- Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) .
Our brethren should also know that the only way in the world to get respect is to respect others; to be loved one is to give love. This is true right from home to dealing with communities even in adverse situations.