Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Intentions Beware!

With the connection to the entire world at our fingertips we are able to share our days, thoughts and needs with the entire world with just the click of a button. This has also been a reason for many social activities and actions taking place online. This varies from fundraising, petitions, awareness programs to local neighbourhood activities. 

I am no exception to be among the ones who shared heart breaking pictures of Syrian kids, lost families and their devastated homes to create awareness on the situation  and tell the world their plight. I have also not failed to see our young ummah who travelled to different nations to help our suffering ummah, get their real time pictures and upload on social media, so the rest of the world is enlightened on their agony.

This pursuit of creating awareness with pictures and #hashtags, soon includes a selfie, the activist smiling along with kids - "The world needs to see the kids" "I should be one among them", "This is a memory I should save like forever" "So people should also know that I am actually working around", "I've been doing all these which not many people have done, they must see this?" . Has the adversity of another being our fortuity of fame? I do not blame taking pictures together but what are our intentions really based on with these series of photos coming out?

There is just a tiny difference in your intentions in intending good for someone or exploiting their situation. Though our initiative was helping others for the love of Allah s.w.t have has not our we unconsciously moved into making ourselves established and known with the big warm heart of ours?

Ibn Masood –( radi Allahu ‘anhu) – would advise his students, “If your intention is one of these three, do not seek knowledge: To shame the ignorant, or to argue with the Fuqahaa’, or to cause people to turn their faces in your direction. Intend with your actions and words that which is with Allah, for indeed that which is with Allah shall remain and everything else shall perish."

This is a question we should ask ourselves the next time before you hit the share button! Are you doing it so your followers are pleased to see it or is it to gain the pleasure of Allah?
Just call out your inner selves the nest time before your post 'your picture' and interrogate your motive. Are you spreading awareness or exploiting their agony?


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Update: 

This is a message from a family member who has warned and requested the video of his beloved to be removed from the internet, by those who were intending good (or was that just another heartbreaking video that needed to get viral?). What if it was your sister that met with the accident and your mother crying out there? Would you still post it online? 



Have empathy for those undergoing these agony, do not kindly exploit their situation! Include them in your duas!