ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 2 Issue No. 052
29th Rabeeunis Saani 1441 / 27th December 2019
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Using Social Media and Technology Responsibly

Some guidelines that should be observed by those who use 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

Messages are instantly forwarded to others, without proper understanding of its content nor consideration for the recipients. 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 never be shared until the content is verified and authenticated. False news or incorrect information regarding any matter can cause others unnecessary worry and concern, and will be tantamount to spreading a lie. 
Our Nabī 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 Nabī 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. At times emotional blackmail and false threats are also included, 'if you do not forward this message to at least x amount of people then such and such shall happen to you', naturally all such messages are a complete sham. 
Our Nabī 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. 
Our beloved Nabī 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.
Source - Jamiat SA

Events of ACJU Maktab Division
-MS Office workshop for Maktab Muawins was conducted at Naas Cultural Centre on 3rd and 4th of December
-Held a discussion with Mattakuliya Zaviya Masjid Trustees at ACJU Head Office on 2nd of December
-Discussion on review of Madkhalul Quran was held with the participation of 10 Muallims at ACJU Head Office on 12th of December
-Training program about the importance of Maktab and Madkhalul Quran syllabus was held at Serendib Grand, Panadura on 12th of December
-Discussions were held with ACJU Kinniya Branch and Madrasathul Sirajiyya, Kantale regarding the Harmony Centre and Maktab on 12th of December
-Maktab Awareness program about Maktab System and Madkhalul Quran was held at Kaluthara on 11th of December
-Program about the importance of Maktab and Harmony Centre was held at Green Masjid, Thopur and at Grand Masjid, Mutur on 13th of December
-Maktab Awareness program and a discussion with Muawins was held at Mayura Place Jumma Masjid on 15th of December
-Maktab Annual Prize Giving was held with 475 participants at Wennawatta Jumma Majid on 15th of December

ACJU Division for Women Affairs held a discussion on Female Capacity Building with the participation of the ACJU Executive Committee members including President Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe at Careline Centre, Wellawatta on 8th of December

ACJU Hilaal Division conducted an awareness program on the five criterias of Hilaal sighting at the Mahmood Institute on 12th of December

The ACJU Hilaal Division conducted an awareness and training program on Hilaal Sub-Committee Manual at the Kattuwa Zaviya, Panadura on 14th of December and at Kaluthara Theru Palli on 15th of December

ACJU Council for Coordination and Cooperation (CCC) held a discussion on strengthening the unity and coexistence in Sri Lanka through establishing Harmony Centers island-wide with Professor of Security Studies Mr. Rohan Gunaratne. ACJU Executive Committee members, ACJU District Branch members, CDMF and KDMF members also participated in this event which was held at ACJU Head Office on 10th of December

Under the project of meeting 'Important Social Leaders (ISL)'
- Representatives of ACJU met Andrea Malji PhD, Assistant Professor of International Studies at Hawaii Pacific University, at ACJU Head Office on 16th of December
- A special program on the topic 'What is Islam' was held with the participation of 100 special task force officers at Gonahena STF Camp, Kadawatha on 17th of December

The ACJU Fatwa Division conducted an 'Aajila' Meeting to discuss Fatwa related matters, at the ACJU Head office on the 17th of December

A discussion was held regarding the current issues and important matters with Mr. Bandula Harischandra, Secretary of Ministry of Buddha Sanana, Cultural and Religious Affairs at ACJU Head Office on 19th of December

Annual event of distributing gift packs for staff children was held at ACJU head office on 18th of December which was organized by ACJU HR department in collaboration with ACJU Social Service division and with the support of Zam Zam Foundation
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