THE use of technology, like everything else, has its pros and cons and the misuse or overuse of mobile phones and social media is rather destructive in any sphere.
I have often said that if what we now have at our disposal is properly used, it’s a boon but it can result in serious consequences if we take technology for granted and can be a cause of major embarrassment.
The use of social media should be like other essentials in our lives like the way we eat, drink, talk, dress, etc – the general taste, etiquette, and flavour must be present – as there are specific controls, general taste, and respect for their uses.
We can continue to discuss this but my thoughts may not exactly be in line with the younger generation because of the difference in age, education, experience, upbringing, and so on.
I was aghast recently when I saw one of my social media contacts film and document his entire Haj pilgrimage in detail, from the time his plane took off, going through all the details of the trip about his stay, eating and drinking as well as photographing other pilgrims along with comments and observations.
For heaven’s sake, this is supposed to be a spiritual journey between him and his Lord, and he should be practising it with all reverence. But it turned out to be only about the use of the mobile phone and social media.
It is important to understand that the use of these devices has its own rules with the proper etiquette and taste, so it is very necessary that we distinguish what is suitable or permissible for publication.
This so-called pilgrim’s behaviour is just an example of what thousands of others do, some even more than that!
The role of preachers at mosques is very important in educating society about such issues because I believe they help a lot in spreading the right culture. Such practices are completely unacceptable and are not personal freedom as some claim.
However, unfortunately our preachers are themselves in deep slumber and believe that this is none of their business.