Posted by: Dawud Israel | May 25, 2009

Towards A Fiqh For The Internet: The Need For A Digital Akhlaq

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala rasulullah

This is something I wrote on the Translators blog (THE best blog out there, ma sha Allah la quwatta illah billah!) in the comments section which Sh. Abul-Hussein then turned into a post there a while back. I have more thoughts on this topic and I am posting this now simply out of sincere yearning my own akhlaq was better. 😦

This is interconnected with a number of other patterns and problems in our community so this isn’t a complete discussion, just thought this post would be a good way to start out…

Islamization Of Internet Interaction

“…the internet is a very fragmented place…we are robbed of knowing each other as brothers in Islam…but as brothers in passing by, visiting a web-page or not. I see a post on this topic and I speak about it, but would I really comment on it in reality today had I not read it here? Maybe if I considered it. The internet imparts more importance on certain issues and therefore, distorts the reality of their place. It become inevitable for words to be misconstrued. When people actually tell you their thoughts, their words take on the ‘unrealistic’ qualities of being more vivid, literal and absolute then they intended them to be. The internet then, projects our words back onto us, after amplifying or distorting them and so any criticism, is felt more acutely and we become further entrenched in ideas we would have initially rejected, but through a gradual process of distortion, amplification and defense, we come to accept it. Shaytan maybe the one quoting our words, but we’ll still believe it since its our own words. The development of ‘digital akhlaaq’ is needed…but has been limited because the internet is a fluid place, so non-Muslims play just as big a part in our akhlaaq as do Muslims.”

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.


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