ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 130
02nd Rabeeunis Saani 1439 / 22nd December 2017
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Using Social Media and Technology Responsibly
Some guidelines that should be observed when using the internet and smartphones, specifically in relation to messaging, email and using social media applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook. By sharing some essential Islāmic teachings in this regard, inshā'allāh, we will be able to use technology productively, safeguarding ourselves from harmful activities.
Forwarding Messages Requires Precaution
Many messages received are vague in nature; the truth behind them being seldom known. To spread a message without substantiating its content is very detrimental and could lead to sin, as to forward a lie is to spread a lie and be in support of it. Messages should be shared only upon proper verification of the content. 
Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam said:
    To narrate whatever one hears is enough for an individual to be considered a liar. (Muslim)
More Precaution for 'Islāmic' Messages
Messages of an Islāmic nature demand even more precaution. Verses of the Glorious Qur'ān and Ahādīth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam with their translations are often carelessly miswritten or many times are sheer falsehood; yet are haphazardly forwarded and shared on social media. Messages promising fabricated virtues for baseless actions are shared with a caption to forward to as many as possible. 
Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam warned us:
    Whosoever speaks about the Qur'ān without knowledge should take his place in the Fire(At-Tirmidhī)
In another Hadīth, He Sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam mentions:
    A lie against me is not similar to a lie against any (normal) individual; whosoever lies regarding me should take his place in the Fire. (Al-Bukhārī)
Permission to Share?
At times, messages are of a personal nature; information or news regarding a certain individual or institution or even a country. One should contemplate before forwarding whether the sender or those whom the information is regarding would consent for the details to be shared with others? Has specific permission been granted to forward and spread the message? If not, then it would be totally unethical to do so.
A Beneficial Message?
If we stand back and objectively reflect, we will conclude that a large percentage of emails and messages received on social media applications are of a futile nature. Our Dīn encourages engagement in prosperous activities and to avoid spending invaluable time and energy on any endeavours which are of no avail or in some instances harmful. 
Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam said:
    It is from the excellence of an individual's Islām that he leaves Lā ya'nī (those things which do not benefit him)(Abū Dāwūd)
A Clear Message?
If all the above guidelines are dutifully met, then one should finally consider whether a message will cause any misunderstanding or misconception amongst those who receive it? After all it is an Islāmic principle and also a general etiquette of life, to always consider whether sharing information has the potential to cause a misunderstanding. Ibn Mas'ūd radhiyallāhu 'anhu mentions:
    Whenever you speak to people regarding something which is beyond their intellect, it will surely be a means of fitnah (tribulation) for some of them. (Muslim)
If one is unsure or even has the slightest doubt whether a certain message could cause a misunderstanding, then it should not be shared.
Due attention should be paid to the etiquettes mentioned above in relation to certain aspects of using technology and bringing them into practice. May Allāh ta'ālā grant us all the understanding of our beautiful religion and its all-encompassing teachings of pure and considerate morals and ethics. Āmīn.
A 'Free Eye Medical Camp' was organized by the ACJU Social Services Division with the collaboration the ACJU Matale District & Divisional Branches on the 17th of December at Ukkuwela, Matale.

ACJU 'Education For All' Concept - Video Link

ACJU Islamic Economics & Finance Division (ACJU-IEF) conducted a Baithuz Zakaath Introduction program at Hambantota on the 17th of December.

The ACJU Ulama Affairs Division conducted a program on 'Introduction of ACJU' on the 16th of December at Dharul Uloom al Humaidhiya Arabic College.

The ACJU Propagation Division with the collaboration of the ACJU Puttalam District and Divisional conducted visits to the Temples, Churches and Kovils at the Kalpitiya-Puttalam area on the 16th of December.

A delegation representing the ACJU CCC Division visited Ven.Ittapana Dammalankara Mahanayaka Thero, who is suffering from an illness, on the 21st of December. He is the President of the 'Congress of Religions' and Viharadipathi of Kotte Maha Viharaya. Ash Shaikh Mubarak - General Secretary of ACJU & Ash Shaikh Thasim - Asst. Secretary of ACJU also participated in this visit.
Ash Shaikh Hassan Kaleem from Pakistan visited the ACJU Head office on the 20th of December, for a special Fatwa Meeting, organized by the ACJU Fatwa Division, in which subjects related Islamic Finance were discussed.

Career Counseling sessions were conducted by the ACJU Division for Youth Affairs at the ACJU Head office in which around 9 youth participated.
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