What not to share on Facebook!

Social media has become an essential part of modern life.  Over a billion people use Facebook, whats app and other social media apps to keep in touch with family and friends and to share information.

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Before sharing information using social media apps like Facebook, instagram and twitter, consider the following:

Do not broadcast your mistakes

A smartphone with thousands of apps like Instagram with filters and effects and all of a sudden everybody is posting and sharing ‘private’ photos. The ‘seflie’ culture has become endemic in the West, with people are obsessed with their image. One of the biggest social harms that young people face today is how easy it is to take and share photos with others. Allah obligated the hijab for women to conceal their beauty, so think twice before uploading or sharing ‘revealing’ photos.

Do not spread the mistakes of others

Everybody makes mistakes.  Giving advice to the person (to stop sinning) and concealing his faults is all part of building good lasting friendships.  If you publicise the sin instead of giving advice and concealing his faults, then you are instilling in others enmity towards him and making it harder for him to rectify himself.  Give him a chance to correct his mistake before you write him off and disgrace him in public. Islam prohibits broadcasting the faults of others without necessity, so be careful what you share.

Do not share everything you hear

Unless there is a benefit, do not spread news that others have forwarded to you. In most cases, there is no way to verify the authenticity of the information so you may fall into gossip or even worse, be a source of spreading lies and rumours about others.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “it is sufficient for a person to be regarded as a liar if he narrates everything that he hears.” (Sahih Muslim).

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