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How to Deal with Technology Like a Believer: Pro Tips for Muslim Youth

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Alhamdulillah!

You are reading this post because of many blessings in your life right now.

Correct?

If you haven’t thought about it before, STOP and say a heartfelt alhamdulillah.

”So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?” (Ar-Rahman, 55:48)

The blessings in life:

From among the favors bestowed on you are the blessings of time, senses and intellect; to those of your material possessions such as clothing, laptop, smart phone and other resources such as Internet. These are few blessings from among many others. And they are all yours to benefit freely from, as referenced in the following popular hadith:

”Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death.” 1

You will also be questioned and held accountable regarding these blessings and favors. This is captured in the following Qur’an verse:

”Then you will surely be asked that Day about pleasure.” (At-Takathur 102: 8)

Muslim youth and technology:

Many youth have taken to the pleasures of technology like fish to water. They cannot be separated from their devices for more than a few minutes; it goes with them from bed to breakfast, school to salah, outings with friends to private family time.

From smiles to salaams, most of their actions become robotic. The mind, body and soul is distracted and deprived their rightful nourishment. Instead, all attention and pleasure is focused on those ‘special devices’.

It is from Allah’s wisdom that He created man with a high level of intellect. He also facilitated it for man to be able to use that intellect to invent technology – to fulfill his duties, solve everyday problems and make life on this temporal earth much easier. This is all in preparation for his everlasting home in the akhirah.

For the wise ones – technology should increase you in taqwa and gratitude.

Agree?

Well, we know that in reality, it really isn’t so.

Boon of technology:

There is no doubt, technology brings many benefits to Muslims individually and to the Ummah at large.

Some of the benefits are:

  • As a research tool, making search and information gathering easier;
  • As a means of raising awareness: Helping spread awareness about current and important issues e.g., through social media, blogs, eBooks;
  • As a source of inviting to the truth: Through creating websites, mobile applications and web applications that help people come closer to Islam;
  • Teaching about Islam: Helping to spread the truth, curb falsehood and helping to clear misconceptions about Islam;
  • Positioning Muslim callers (duaat) and Islamic centers online in today’s highly connected world.
  • Support and networking opportunities: Making helping services available to people worldwide from mentoring, counseling, coaching and other similar services.

And much more.

Bane of technology:

On the other hand, technology has exposed Muslims, especially the youth, to evil of various forms. Some of these include:

  • Free mixing;
  • Exposure of awrah;
  • Easy access to and sharing of false/ deviant information;
  • Wasteful spending of time and distraction from purposeful activities;
  • Viewing, creating and sharing immoral content such as pornography (and other sex related content) ultimately leading to desensitization, depression and addiction.

And much more.

What should the attitude of a believing youth be? Because nothing in the life of a believer is done without purpose.

Nothing in the life of a believer is done without a purpose.

”And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Adh-Dhariyat, 51:56)

Here are 5 pro tips to help you to start acting purposefully with technology from today:

Tip 1. Self control

Fight your nafs so you can have positive control over your desires. Learn to also guide and guard your thoughts/ acts as you engage with technology from day-to-day.

“But as for he who feared the position of his Lord and prevented the soul from [unlawful] inclination, Then indeed, Paradise will be [his] refuge.” (An-Nazi’at, 79:40-41)

Tip 2. Lower your gaze

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet saw said: “…the adultery of the eyes is looking (at [that] which is not allowed)…” 2

So lower your gaze even while using your devices. If your gaze falls upon something immoral, take positive action. Remember to keep your sight pure to earn Allah’s pleasure in this dunya and also in anticipation of seeing Him in jannah.

Tip 3. Learn to say NO to pressures

Whether its coming from friends, family, culture or community, say no to anything that you know is wrong and displeasing to Allah SWT or what you know clashes with your Islamic identity. Say yes instead to what will make you a beloved of your Creator.

He SWT said: “… and My slave continues to draw close to Me with supererogatory (naafil) works so that I shall love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask (something) of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it.” 3

Tip 4. Count your digital footprint

Take yourself into account before you are questioned. Think and ask yourself questions such as, what technologies am I spending my money, time and intellect on? Are they worth it? Will my digital footprint count for or against me on the Day of Judgment? Then, review and refine your habits.

“The son of Adam will not pass away from Allah until he is asked about five things: how he lived his life, and how he utilized his youth, with what means did he earn his wealth, how did he spend his wealth, and what did he do with his knowledge.” 4

Tip 5. Use it to add value

Learn IT skills, design programs and other computer programs. Then, turn your knowledge and understanding of how technology works into a beneficial gift to others. Just as the believer has been likened to a date tree, aim to add value to all those who come into contact with you. Teach others, encourage and support them towards having a positive technology experience.

Be an ambassador

”And it is He who has made you successors upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees [of rank] that He may try you through what He has given you. Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Al-An’am, 6:165)

As a Muslim youth, you are an ambassador and must always remember and act as such. You must always utilize technology in a way that benefits Islam, Muslims and the world at large. Reflect on your blessings, be thankful and patient with them and start acting truly to your role. The Muslim youth and technology should be humble not heedless; informed not ignorant; and patient not pressured. Whether it’s a tap, swipe, send, share, like or simple viewing – remember you are ambassador – invest your time smartly, safeguard your actions wisely and give thanks for your blessings profusely.

Over to youIn what other ways can Muslim youth utilize technology purposefully?

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  1.   Sound, Al-Hakim and al-Bayhaqi
  2.   Bukhari and Muslim
  3.   Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi
  4.   Hasan, Tirmidhee
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    Sadman Sakif

    Jazakullah Khair for the great article.The internet is like a knife which we can use either to kill ourselves with it or do something good,like save a person”s life.

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