: Oct 26, 2016

Our religious etiquette teaches us not only to verify news before we spread it, but also to be wise about what we spread and who we spread it to [as in 4:83]. …

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Our religious etiquette teaches us not only to verify news before we spread it, but also to be wise about what we spread and who we spread it to [as in 4:83]. At times, a news item might be correct, but the harm in spreading it far outweighs any potential good.

It is of the characteristics of the hypocrites to spread everything they hear, without concern as to its consequences.

An advice to myself and to all my brothers and sisters: after verifying what you have heard, ask yourself whether there’s any major benefit in spreading that piece of information? Ask yourself whether this information might cause more confusion or harm than good? Perhaps by you posting or spreading a tweet or incident that would otherwise have been forgotten and lost into internet oblivion, you have unwittingly created a large controversy, and dragged a bunch of people into mud-slinging, speaking ill about others, and overall wasting time, that they would have been saved from had it not been for your free advertising.

What’s worse is if you know your bringing attention to such an incident will only cause more chaos and confusion, and not result in much benefit. Such an intentional desire to tattletale might demonstrate that the real intention is not positive change, but an inflation of one’s own ego.

Be careful of what you type, post or say, for indeed, the heart, ears and tongue will all be asked on Judgment Day.

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