I posted something last night , but then I realized how meaningless it was. I am referring to #foodstagram. I had wasted a minute on a meaningless picture and wasted others time who scrolled down, who liked or disliked the picture wasting their time. Wouldn’t the sin be upon me?
Well let’s not be too harsh and say that if someone posts once in a while maybe we should let that slide or maybe if someone puts up a beneficial quote with it, let’s let that slide too. But what about those who post every day and everything from Islamic quotes, to jokes to news updates, as though they run their own internet channel; you get everything and anything on their profile.
“And the Book (one’s Record) will be placed (in the right hand for a believer in the Oneness of Allah, and in the left hand for a disbeliever in the Oneness of Allah), and you will see the Mujrimoon (criminals, polytheists, sinners, etc.), fearful of that which is (recorded) therein. They will say: ‘Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!’ And they will find all that they did, placed before them, and your Lord treats no one with injustice”
And what are we doing? we are busy in our own fantasies and others business, judging each other by their status online. Why? Why do we need to get involved in every teeny meeny emotion of others including celebrities, famous people and others, when there are bigger issues to tackle.
What are the things we need to be really involved in? And what are our responsibilities which we are foregoing as our heads fill with useless trash?
Firstly, we need to fully grasp the answer to the following question; Why have we been sent to the earth? what is our purpose? Allah says in the Holy Quran, “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (51:56) so everything we do, whether online or off, should be pleasing to Allah.
Secondly, we are related to our family, they have rights over us and we have to fulfil certain responsibilities. Our primary responsibility is due to our parents, and immediate family including siblings. Then come our other relatives, whom I daresay we have taken as a joke. As aunts hug, and uncles tell off, we mock their behaviour in countless comedy skits as if every one of them is a joke. The online world if full of memes ridiculing those whom we are supposed to treasure.
O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful. (Quran, 49:12)
We need to stop that and take their love seriously; reciprocate their love and fulfill our duties towards them. Why not use our social media to promote their rights and uphold the ties of kinship, rather than wasting countless hours simply posting idle posts?
We also have duties towards our neighbours, colleagues, friends and lastly but not the least the Muslim nation in general.
These are the people you will be asked about on the day of judgement, and how have you fulfilled your duties towards them, and not how many times you kept checking your phone to see how many likes, retweets, views you got. Instead make every moment online useful.