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Technology – the good , the bad and the ugly

An Islamic perspective…

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It takes just a few easy gestures and you have shared something globally..

What you just shared could have been something good and productive , to someone else’s benefit in this life and the hereafter and multiplying your rewards.

or

What you shared could have been something wrong, compromising yourself and others , and magnifying the sin.

Its as simple as that..no need for a long blog post here

But then again..how many of us are really able to distinguish between using technology for good or bad , the acceptable or unacceptable?

This is the what we can refer to as the ugly part of technology – the not so good or uncertain bits (bytes or megabytes).

Coming from a background of growing up without technology and having a solid foundation of madressa education has really helped put most of us in a position of understanding the limits, we experienced life with and without technology, and were able to determine clearly the good from bad.

Alhamdulillah and shukr to the previous generations for building these structures, and to the ulama for allowing us these opportunities to learn.. 

It was a time, when google had no relevance to life – finding a meaning of a word, researching a topic or answer meant asking your Teacher, Parent, Moulana or Apa, someone qualified within their field of knowledge or opening an encyclopaedia or dictionary (younger generation might need to google what these 2 are)

Reading and writing was mostly done on paper and not swipes over a coloured retina screen.

The only screen we ever knew was the shaytaan box..

Coming from this unique position, holds some sort of responsibility..We’re able to tell the difference compared to a younger generation – born directly into the technology age. Life was uncomplicated and simple.

We were in no rush to post, like or follow at every given moment or event. Our first mobile phone was only received after matric, and that too just a black and white or blue screen that was sms and call enabled, with some gprs (the good old days)

Tracking backward and fast forward to the late 90’s  – technology and its advent was still quite manageable and computers were assisting mankind to execute tasks on a daily basis.. the equilibrium was almost perfect, man and machine were able to synch harmoniously, to mans benefit. Checks and limits were in place. The internet was a mere 56k/bit connection over a copper cable, which was barely enough to enable the download of a picture comfortably.

With the new millennium, a drastic change occurred, network bandwidths began to grow and the internet age sparked a major shift. Mobile devices became order of the day..

A turning point in our days ..as we look back now..

From here on ..the battle between good vs. bad on the information and technology ground was recognised..and a shift towards machine dependance and dominance.

For the generation that would witness this shift it brought great concerns. In specific for those working within the technology fraternity, it has and still brings greater worries…with every advance.

This, is the sense of responsibility to create an awareness of what is out there, and what our young innocent future will need to contend with.

Not to frighten the average parent reading this..but start familiarising yourself with words like VR(Virtual Reality), AR(Augmented Reality) and AI(Artificial Intelligence). These are new growing technologies that have a direct impact on our youth, of which they will be exposed to. Know what these mind boggling technologies are capable of, when not to allow, and how and when to limit.

Your family members most likely already each have their own Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp accounts, be well aware what these platforms are all about, its privacy policies and the other subtle dangers these platforms possess. The suggested pages, friends or searches, the random friend requests and follows on Facebook/Instagram. The un-islamic live global feeds on Instagram that are, for lack of a better word, an “in your face” experience..

Know when to draw the lines, some of these lines will be very fine lines. 

Netflix is the shaytaan box, just in 21st century form. There is much good on YouTube, but whether it outweighs the bad is somewhat debatable, its unrelated and relentless ads and other recommended videos that are often un-islamic content.

Similar applies to TikTok, and as its name suggests, is hours of time ticking away mostly to no benefit. You might be watching an islamic video uploaded by someone, only to realise the next video that loads automatically is something more random and diverting one away towards sin and un-islamic content. 

With every new technology emerging that you may hear a family member is active on, be aware of it, or how the “unacceptable” are sugar wrapped around it. There are elements of vice and kufr lurking in the hidden corners. These hidden corners appear in games, videos, websites and within circles of social platforms.

There is no stopping the growth of technology, as it serves to benefit mankind on many levels, and the very existence of technology is but a creation of Almighty Allah and through his will and power. 

But..

Each of us have greater responsibility of how we utilise technology within the limits of Islamic teachings..for us to be a technology Shepard over our families..  

In conclusion, get connected to platforms or groups that you and our youth can engage for deeni or community benefit.. stay away from browsing around timelessly on the internet and non-islamic social platforms, the barakah in your time will return and the possibility of falling into a sin will be avoided. You don’t need to have your phone in your hand and engage in it at every given moment, maintain a balanced approach.

Most importantly, be aware of the ugly side of technology, what’s seems good or ok at first on the outside, but is mixed with poison under thick layers of makeup.

May Allah guide and protect us all.. Aameen