السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
– In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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There are two aspects to social media. Input and Output.
Input ( consumption)
The moment we wake up in the morning, irrespective of our environment, the first thing we reach for is our phones, we need to catch up what the world has been doing while we were asleep. Consuming the news feeds, tweets, posts and comments constantly has an effect on our soul, it hampers our spiritual level. By feeling the need to always be worrying about other peoples lives or watching a TV series, this shows that we aren’t comfortable being alone with our thoughts. We use it as a distraction from ourselves. Thus need is dangerous in two aspects
1. The fact that you need to consume
Iman Hasan Bassri “One of the signs of spiritual abandonment is when you are busy with everything that doesn’t concern you, busy with everything but yourself and Allah”
2. What you are consuming
Every tweet that you read, every post that you see, every video you watch has an impact on you in some shape or form. It penetrates your heart, your mind, your soul. We might not realise it immediately, but when something happens, your friend tells you that a someone did something, you automatically start putting pieces together that might not even be linked. “yeah, they were tweeting this, and commenting this, it makes sense.”
If we constantly feel the need to put everything out there, just to turn the faces of people, to get extra followers, more likes, we essentially trying to get the attention of everyone but Allah, this represents an even greater disease, because the only person whose attention we should really crave and be seeking is that of Allah.
The imam’s advices that we take 30 Minutes out everyday, away from all our social media, you don’t have to be reading Qur’an or making dhikr, just doing something you need to do, an assignment, studying, whatever it is, 30 minutes with your social media off.
In the past you used to have to go to places to do Haram, you had to physically go to a Club to get Haraam Subtsances, now it’s become so easy, you can find it online in your room. This tests your Muraqaba- Your sense of observance of Allah. This extent wasn’t present in the previous times.
Every time you resist the temptation ,Allah rewards you. Don’t ever think that Allah doesn’t see the effort you make. You should feel a sense of accomplishment in saying, “Despite all the signals being thrown at me, I am able to resist that temptation”. And when you do fall to temptation, you stop it immediately and say, ” I love Allah more than I love this.” No one will know this, it’s between you and Allah only
At-Tirmidhi relates in a Hadith on the authority of Ibn Umar: “Do not talk excessively without remembering Allah, because such excessive talk without the mention of Allah causes the heart to harden, and the person furthest from Allah is a person with a hard heart.”
Umar Ibn al-Khattab RA said: “A person who talks too much is a person who often makes mistakes, and someone who often makes mistakes, often has wrong actions. The Fire has a priority over such a frequent sinner.”
In our day and age it is not just verbal speech that is the problem. It takes the form of all our social media.
Whoever talks too much, makes too many mistakes– The more words you put out there, the more likely you are to make a mistake and on the reverse, the reward for remaining silent also becomes much greater. Everything becomes preserved. You can’t take back what you said.
Some people feel the need to post about everything, they need to have an opinion about everything. Whether or not the person I qualified, they just have to say something. Nabi
صلى الله عليه وسلم. said, “Haste is from Shaytaan”
As soon as you see an issue or a #, you immediately tweet something regarding it, you don’t think deeply about the things you post, it’s just become second nature, this increases your risk of mistakes.
Whoever makes too many mistakes, your modesty will wither away
When people put too much out there, people start losing respect for them. Sins that Allah has concealed all of a sudden, are now exposed. If we “speak” too much, it’s only a matter of time before we are caught on a bad day, and the person on the other end doesn’t know your situation, all they see if the terrible tweet or comment, and so your modesty will start to be lost, we expose things Allah has kept hidden.
“The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Every deen has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty.’
When modesty starts to shrink, we lose our caution
We start posting things completely blasphemous, as we see with many celebrities. Once the first immoral tweet or post is out there, shaytaan tells us, “well they already know”, and so we post now with no filter at all
When we lose our caution/filter, our heart dies
Losing our filter alters our relationship with Allah. We should remember that Allah will forgive and wipe out our sins, but people aren’t the same. You might have made tawbah, but they will always remember the sin. Losing Allah consciousness is akin to the heart dying
There is a direct relationship between how much we speak and the state of our heart.
What signals are you sending?
When we post on social media, we might even normalise sins for other people, not directly, but indirectly. You can’t control how people interpret things, but you can control the way you phrase the posts and tweets that you put out. If you see someone who you look up to tweeting about something religiously not so appropriate, it automatically normalises it for you. We say to ourselves, “well, at least I’m not the only one”. Don’t be the cause of somebody else’s Wiswasa- whisperings.
When Qaabil killed Haabil, he normalised it for the rest of humanity, which is why he gets a piece of the sin for every man killed.
You can’t delete your past, but you can delete your past on social media
Allah has given you platforms to make use of. You can use these tools to spread deen, to spread goodness. One hadeeth, one Ayaat, one reminder that you put up, can affect hundreds and thousands of people. Allah can use your tweet, your post or your status as a means of Hidayat for many other people.
Lecture by Sheikh Omar Suleiman- Surrounded by signals