“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Without a doubt this is true for many things today that have made our lives much easier. The internet is one of these great inventions that has changed the way we do things. Yet as Muslims who strive to be successful in this and the next life we must every now and then evaluate the things we have in our lives to determine whether we are using these in beneficial ways or in ways that are determental to us. What follows below is a personal evaluation of the use of internet in my life.
Lately I did not have much access to my computer or my ipod. I either did not have time for it or whenever I got time for it I would be interrupted by my almost one year old son who is very amazed by all things “techy” and cannot wait to “play” with them. Hence I just did not get the opportunity to use the computer much and consequently to go on the internet. This allowed me some time to think about computers, about the internet, and about technology in general and what I personally had used this great advancement for. I realized the following things:
1. It is very easy to spend hours on the internet not doing anything but just looking up “information.” Information that does not lead to anything productive and can neither benefit a Muslim’s dunya (life) or the akhira (after-life). I myself was guilty of this. I admit I did use the computer to listen to beneficial lectures or read up on self improvement. Yet lately the majority of my time was spent wasted on the internet. I would browse stores or look at other blogs without any purpose in mind or any idea of what my end goal was. Hence the time away from my computer allowed me to realize which sites I should visit and which I should avoid and how much extra time I would have if I did just that. This precious time could be used to further my goals in other areas of my life.