This is a section taken from a longer speech by Brother Mudassar who looks at the dangers of simply “googling it”, and how the misunderstanding of how google, facebook and twitter work can lead to mis-information being quickly spread.
The Verge has reported on the plight of a blogger in Iran;
A 30-year-old blogger and photographer has been sentenced to death in Iran for “insulting the prophet of Islam” on Facebook, drawing renewed attention to the country’s notorious human rights record.
Iran has long taken a hard stance on online dissent, and appears to have stepped up its efforts in recent months. According to Reporters Without Borders, at least 65 activists, journalists, and bloggers were currently in prison because of their online activities as of July. In May, seven people were arrested for dancing to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” and publishing the video online. They were given a suspended sentenced of one year in jail and 91 lashes, on the basis that the video violated Iran’s Islamic laws. In July, eight Iranians were arrested and sentenced to a combined 127 years in jail on charges of colluding against the state and spreading propaganda on Facebook.
Iran’s Islamic laws seem to be in direct contradiction of the guidance of Allah and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (s). Allah tells us that we must be patient in the face of criticism or abuse [3:186] furthermore the actions of the Holy Prophet (s) further reinforce this message. There are many examples of his forgiveness of people and entire tribes who abused and tried to kill him.
Allah tells our Holy Prophet (s) that if he had been rough and hard hearted, the people would not have followed him to the message of Islam [3:156]. If the Iranian Government acted on this guidance perhaps they wouldn’t need laws about ‘insulting the prophet of Islam’, perhaps people would instead decide to embrace the Holy Prophet (s) and Allah instead of insulting them.
Used for years as an excellent tool for Dawah activities, Islamic websites and social media have been proved as a perfect tool to gather support for the needy, after a successful campaign went viral to offer help for a Muslim heart transplant patient.
Maria’s case went viral at social media after her family launched a fund raising campaign beyond US to save the life of the 31-year-old Muslim.
Under the title ‘Heart for Maria Haroon’, a Facebook page was made to raise money for the operation.
Twitter followers were also able to make contributions for Maria through @HeartForMaria.
Every time something new is launched there is a debate in the Muslim community about whether it is halal or not. As the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam ahmad said it is not the invention that is halal or not but its use.
The same applies to social media which has attracted a bad press many times. The above quote is a wonderful example of how it may be used positively for the benefit of humanity.
We have been working very hard to improve the quality of the videos that we upload, so that they are interactive to watch and also that they are preserved for future generations to be able to watch and reference when they embark on their own journeys to learn about Islam.