Posted by: Dawud Israel | October 15, 2007

Techno-Idolatry

There are some things that worry me at times because I wonder how they could possibly go wrong. It may sound silly but long ago men used wood to burn fires. But then they began to make idols out of that same wood and worship them. Today we see that virtually everybody is hooked on technology. Everybody has a computer and is on the Internet. I’m not against technology, but I wonder if 20-30 years from now we will see the emergence of electronic idolatry.

You hear all this stuff about robots being created similar to humans, who can ‘hear’ and ‘see’ or do things humans could never do (or there is no point of human’s doing). So what if one day, we took these same sentiments into account with religious connotations–keeping in mind that their is no clear cut definition of religion.

All the verses in the Qur’an regarding worshiping idols that many of us come to believe no longer apply to us, may apply totally in the future. There is still a climate of idolatry surrounding the technological world, and this depends totally on how a person views technology–as a tool or as a ‘world-view’. The newest robots, the newest computer program, the latest gizmos and gadgets all tell us one thing: We humans are weak and try to create something greater than us to make up for our weaknesses. One day this could easily be interpreted as: We humans are weak and so we must seek assistance from these ‘higher beings’. The same applied for idols of wood and stone as may apply in the future to microchips and LCD screens.

May Allah keep us on the Straight Path and not let our hearts deviate. Ameen.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.


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