بســــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــم الله الرحمن الرحــيــم

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته

I’ve been on Facebook for about four and a half years and I’ve observed one thing. Well this is a surprise. Most people spend more time on Facebook than on Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Microsoft, Wikipedia and Amazon combined. Think about that for a moment. Another thing that’s not a surprise is the fact that most of our time spent is an absolute waste and worse still i.e. we do more bad than good. Here’s how you can make Facebook a little less destructive:

1. Join some useful Pages:

If you’re going to look at your news feed more than you look at the Quran, then you might as well put the Quran in your news feed. Solution? Make sure that you join some really good Muslim pages which publish good,simple,authentic content. It helps to have short reminders on your screen every time you open your browser. Here are a few pages I highly recommend :

Let’s Learn Al-Quran

,The Ideal Muslimah

Productive Muslim,

♥ I Need Allah In My Life ♥

And 2 other pages you can find at the Shelter 😉

2. Cut Some Knots!

Yes its about time. A lot of the shameless and vulgar things we see on Facebook usually come from a few bad apples. While friends are friends and nobody’s perfect, whats wrong is wrong and if politely advising those apples doesn’t work, then its time to turn them into apple juice (which I don’t like unless I add 7UP). There is no way we can allow such things to engulf us from external sources when we ourselves are struggling within.

3. Stop Sharing!

As Nouman Ali Khan said about an old Arab saying in a Youtube video which I can’t remember:

“A container only gives out what it contains”

Open up your profile page and take a look at all the things which you’ve shared over the past week. Speaks for itself. Lets not forget that what we  share with others usually has a similar impact on them just as ourselves. So whether its useless sports talk, excessive humor leading to wastage of time, music,shamelessness or even the good stuff, we are rewarded for their good and share a burden in their bad. So next time you decide to share, think and then…read this sentence again.

4. Start Sharing!

Now back to the container thingy, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start sharing some good stuff with your friends on Facebook so your friends cant blame you on the Day of Judgement for their rotten eggs. On the other hand, you might even share and multiple the reward. Not a bad deal eh? Now it’s not like you start  writing your own Tafsir but an Ayah or/and hadith every other day is a good building block. Remember, as we find in a Sahih Hadith, do good deeds consistently even if they are small. Remember the goal, its about building good habits.

And if you’re really serious, help out some of  the pages mentioned above and believe me it goes a really long way.

And don’t let me start with the Islamic Spam…

So there you have it.  With Facebook’s recent IPO  its pretty clear that Facebook is going to consume a good portion of lives in the near future unless people start getting paid to use some other website. Time is arguably our most important asset and lets get realistic, we’re not doing a very good managing it when Facebook is the biggest part of the edible pie. So you’re gonna use it, USE IT. Don’t let it use you. I know a lot of Muslims who started these pages and groups and Alhamdulilah their fans/likes/followers number in the millions! That’s right.Millions! Not many people are blessed with the opportunity of serving Allah’s Deen and it would be a great tragedy for ourselves if we go down in the history of this Ummah as people who did not take advantage of a chance to be extraordinary.

Remember that thing about start sharing, how about now?