Backbiting is a major sin in Islam and it consists of many kinds of talk, some of which includes: talking about someone in a manner they would dislike, mocking someone, making fun of someone, picking on a person’s faults, and the list goes on. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He) says in “Woe to every scorner and mocker” (Quran, 104:1) and then Allah (swt) explains the awful punishment awaiting someone who does this. The punishment itself should be enough of a deterrent for us not to engage is such a grievous sin. Yet if you see yourself engaging in this sin and you know it is wrong, here are some ways that may prevent you from doing so.
1. Practice staying silent. Keeping your mouth shut when you are bored, or when something has upset you will allow you to not say what you will later regret. Silence will allow you to deeply think about how you are feeling and whether what will come out of your mouth will be considered a sin. Allow yourself to sleep on it and the time will make you see that what you want to say is not really worth saying and that it will be consider a sin. (more…)
“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.