If there is a disbeliever in front of us, then due to his physical presence, we will be on our guard and will not allow him to influence our mind and ways. However, there is something called the mental presence of a disbeliever. It is when a disbeliever presents to us his heart and mind in the form of words. The novels and newspaper articles that are authored and reported by disbelievers are read by unwary Muslims. Novels and newspapers are read in our free time, when our minds are relaxed and receptive. Over a period of time, we begin to develop an indirect friendship with these authors and reporters
Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) mentioned: I was once addressing a group of women at a certain venue. The man of the house approached me and said: “My wife wishes to pose a question to you on condition that I must not be present.” I declared: “You have the option of staying or leaving, but a few other males will remain with me.” He agreed to this request and his wife, speaking from behind a curtain, began her questioning. She commenced by pointing out that she had forwarded this question to various other ‘Ulama, but received no satisfactory answer. “I believe,” she started, “that whatever is contained in the
“All the people of my Ummah would get pardon for their sins except those who publicise them.” (Muslim) Imagine if we woke up every morning to find that the sins which we had perpetrated during the night were written all over our front door, advertised for the entire world to witness. Wouldn’t we be horrified? In fact, we would feel so disgraced that we wouldn’t know where to hide our faces! If we reflect over this, we will realize that it is only out of His infinite kindness that Allah Ta‘ala conceals our sins. Let us next imagine that we go out of our way, sacrificing our wealth, time and energy, to
More addictive than alcohol and cigarettes! This is the conclusion of a study conducted in Germany with regard to the effects of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and other such platforms. Describing this addiction, The Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, vol. 2, no.1 states: “This generation has made social media their top priority and continues to need more usage in order to feel satisfied.” Instant Gratification The internet and social media outlets have “reprogrammed” the way millions of people think and how they conduct themselves. This is, as some researchers describe it, due to “this interactive world’s power to alter the tangible world.” Indeed it has “altered”
“Cornell Information Science published research earlier this month that looked at (among other things) the difficulty some people have in quitting Facebook and other social networks. They even have a label for the failure to quit: “social media reversion.” The study used data from a site called 99DaysofFreedom.com, which encourages people to stop using Facebook for 99 days. The site and study are interesting because they revealed the difficulty people have in quitting Facebook because of addiction. Participants intended to quit, wanted to quit and believed they could quit (for 99 days), but many couldn’t make more than a few days. The addictive aspect of social networking is associated with FOMO – fear of missing out.