: Oct 29, 2016

Please hear me out on this one. The way we talk to one another on social media isn’t just devoid of adab (manners), it’s devoid of the bare minimum level of mer…

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Please hear me out on this one. The way we talk to one another on social media isn’t just devoid of adab (manners), it’s devoid of the bare minimum level of mercy required of us. Every single one of us is damaged and flawed in ways that others don’t know. But it is so easy to viciously attack someone who is nothing more to you than a picture and some words. That’s a human being. That’s YOUR brother or sister. We throw darts at each other that don’t only strike the target, but everyone observing. I’m sick of the community being taken on a ride with every public controversy. Yes, we have a right to discuss public issues in the public domain. What we don’t have a right to do is use public issues to disparage people. Word’s have major consequences.

Reflect on the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that the Muslim is the one whose brothers and sisters are safe from his tongue and hand. Ibn Hajar (ra) commented saying the Prophet (peace be upon him) always mentioned the damage inflicted by the tongue first because it is usually more damaging than the hand, yet we pay it such little regard. So restrain your “tongue” from hurting people even if it’s your online tongue. This isn’t some kumbaya message, it is the central message of your Prophet (peace be upon him) who said that he was only sent to perfect character. We should absolutely speak about injustices and debate issues relevant to our community. But I seriously appeal to each and every single one of you, whether you like me or what I stand for or not, to really consider how you engage online. How much will this status change about our public discourse? Will people stop dragging our community through emotionally and mentally exhausting online wars because this status suddenly changed everything? Probably not. But if one or two people heed this message and start fearing Allah with their tongues a little more, that’s good enough. And I am the first to say that I am not free of blame. May Allah forgive us all, purify our hearts and tongues, make us firm on the truth, use us for good, guide us, and guide through us. Ameen

“You will not truly believe until you love one another…” – The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

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