AS noted by Imams recently, today’s communication tools are double-edged weapons that can render benefits if used wisely but can also cause harm to others and bring chaos if they are abused.
Many a time, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has raised this issue in his titahs, urging citizens in the country, especially the youth, not to misuse the Internet and social media.
Imams’ rap on Internet and social media was based observing a section of their users who insult the religion and the country apart from defaming fellow citizens on public media platforms.
“As human beings, we sometimes forget about religious regulations as well as reward and punishment. Some use social media to expose the flaw of others, to make defamatory remarks or to fabricate news, to post fake documents and photos to satisfy their ill-intentions,” this was the observation made by the Imams.
As we know, some who do not fear Allah the Almighty and believe in the days of resurrection, communicate in ways that are not only detrimental to the religion but also to the safety and security of the country as well as downgrade others or spread the evils of others.
It has become quite common in social media platforms to make prejudicial statements, exaggerate someone’s minor faults and bad-mouth others.
The advice given by the Imams is timely as it will prevent those indulging in social media from spreading evil.
As followers of Islam and subjects of a pious nation, we must be responsible for what we post on social media and make only authentic views on issues and people.
We have to be extra cautious about identifying good from evil so that we will not fall into the trap set by treacherous elements and we will not “create enemies, arouse suspicion, cause quarrel, and lead to chaos in the society”, as the imams pointed out.
We have to heed to their call respectfully and follow their teachings religiously as it is for the benefit for our entire community, country and the world.
As the Imams said, it is better to be silent than to do sinful acts by posting evil on the social media as we have to pay a heavy price in the hereafter for making malevolent remarks and hurting others.
– Decent Guy