Sunday, 11 March 2012

Hazard Warning: Actions have consequences

Our actions have consequences, even when its not obvious to us. I know it is an obvious thing to say, but many of us don't think about it.

Take the example of facebook. You can do three things. You can share neutral, beneficial or harmful stuff. So basically you can either share halal or haram stuff (since neutral is halal). So if you share beneficial (like Islamic knowledge or about justice) stuff, you get reward, and so do others who read it and act upon it.

But if you share harmful stuff (like haram pictures of poorly covered men or women, or haram/unIslamic music, or women singing in front of men), then you sin, and the people who see that stuff sin too. For example, they look at women in those videos who are exposing their legs, or awra (private parts in Islam, including the hair of women), and their eyes sin because they look at the haram, or they get desires for the singer because of it, and so the original sharer and all the sharers sin. 

And what's worse or good (depending on how you use it) is that it can start a chain reaction where maybe 1000 people share it, and you get the good or bad deeds of all those people. Furthermore, it shows the world that you are committing the sin and I am scared of this Hadith:

The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: All my community are saved except those who disclose their sins. It is among disclosing one's sins that one commits a sin at night under Allah's covering and then wakes up in the morning telling someone "I did such and such", after sleeping under Allah's covering and waking up baring Allah's covering. (Muslim)

Or when you decide to buy something. You can use your own money to either support something good, or support something bad by buying them. You can either support products of businesses that support the poor, and then you earn good deeds (if you have intention for Allah).  Or you can support haram industries or businesses by buying haram stuff. Such as if you buy haram/unIslamic music, then you help the shaytanic music industry grow, and it increases the fitna (tribulations) in and decay of society, and makes more people fall into the fake "beauty" trap, thus lowering self-esteem in society, causes more psychological problems and distances people from Allah swt.

I will let you decide. Here's the Hadith where the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“He who inaugurates a good sunna in Islam earns the reward of it and of all who perform it after him without diminishing their own rewards in the slightest. And he who introduces a bad sunna is guilty of the sin of it and of all who perform it after him without diminishing their own sins in the slightest.” (Sahih Muslim).

And what's of much hope, or scary, is that these good deeds or bad deeds that one starts can continue after one dies. So please be careful with what you do.

So lets try to do this:

1) share and encourage beneficial Islamic material on our facebook/twitter and other forms of technology, including the old "word of mouth"

2) don't share or encourage haram material on our facebook/twitter etc,

Insha'Allah we will NOT regret this when we die. But what will we regret? Lets ask the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), because he is given knowledge about the future and said:
 "The People of Paradise will not regret except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by and in which they made no remembrance of Allah." (Tabarani)

May Allah swt take us to Him in the best of states, ameen!

For more on exposing sin, see:

For a detailed explanation on music in Islam, see:

For an explanation of the awra in Islam, see:

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