Social media addiction

As Muslims, we must be careful about how we use social media. We are responsible for how we decide to use our time, the choices we make that lead us either to the right or wrong path, and allowing habits to become addictions. We should ensure we are living in the present instead of  becoming consumed by the online world. We must also understand that we might not realise the part we are playing on social media in encouraging others to do wrong.

We must remember that we are responsible for how we decide to use our time. If we are spending too much time on social media and we are not realising the amount of hours that go by, we are being very careless about the reality of our lives. We are forgetting our purpose in this world. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me”. (Qur’an 51:56)

Furthermore, the choices that we make whilst using social media can actually lead us either to the right or wrong path. Just like when watching the television, we can either be learning something which is beneficial for us as believers or we can be viewing programmes that will have a negative impact on our Imaan (faith) and our level of spirituality.

We must pay heed to the reality that when a habit is developed, it is very easy for it to become an addiction. Often, people do not even realise that they are addicted to something. Using social media and feeling the need to update platforms or look at how other people are living their lives, once developed into a habit, can become an addiction. It is very important to be aware of this and we should strive to avoid this.

The use of social media can lead to people not living in the present, as it is easy to become consumed by the online world. We must remember to live in the present so we do not neglect our responsibilities. We cannot allow social media to take over our lives and shift our focus away from our ultimate purpose. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason?” (Qur’an 6:32)

We also may not realise that social media creates situations in which we may be playing a part in encouraging others to do wrong. We must be careful about supporting and being the audience for those on social media who may be doing things that are not in line with Islam, even if we are not imitating them. This does not mean we should be impolite towards them, as this is not part of Islam either – our religion teaches us to be kind.

We must keep in mind that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Whoever calls people to guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest, and whoever calls people to misguidance will have a burden of sin like that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their burden of sin in the slightest.” (Muslim)

We also read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.” (Qur’an 5:2)