If Facebooking is what it really is “as per” the Clerics in Indonesia is saying, my typical day would look something like this:
6.00 am: woke up from slumber. Boot the laptop. Click “favourite”, scroll down to company’s server. Click additional page, go to Facebook site. Click personal emails.
6.10am: done checking work email. Click out. Browse messages in Facebook in-box. Saw 69 sexy messages. Replied all with equally sexy messages as well. Click “Are You Interested” application. Grins at own naked profile pix. Sent 69 flirt messages.
6.20am: saw one friend online. Click “send message”. Flirt. Flirt. Flirt. Switch to MSN? Sure! On cam. Camming.
6.30am: Ok, done flirt and illicit on-line sex. Phew!
9.00am-6.00pm: at work.
6.30pm: Check personal emails. Saw MORE hot messages. Responded to all. Wow! All these cyber thingy and Facebooking thing sure is working! Maybe there is more messages from Myspace and Friendster too.
Now, we allllll know that even without Facebook, Myspace or any other online social networking platform, gossips, illicit sex, vulgar behaviour (hey! I was merely quoting what they wrote in the newspapers) have been around for the donkey years.
I admit it. I am a Facebooker. That is where I get connected to my friends, colleagues and relatives. George sends me nice stuff through the various applications there. The cousins are being kept updated through messages and we all know when the other friends have gone on holidays. I get connected to friends and cheer them up when they are sick or found new love. Or even got dumped.
This is an era where everyone is connected via something. It doesnt have to be Facebook. If getting connected like this is haram, then they should declare tv as haram too. Ban tv, ban the radio, ban mobile phone, ban cinemas, ban the cable. Heck! Why just talk when you can pool all the entire 700 clerics and demand from the Government to tear down the powerhouses and all of us go back to the dark ages where there is no electricity as it promotes “vulgar behaviour” as it is Satan’s tool to entice human creating sinful acts.
People have been shagging behind the bush, in the lift, behind the cow shack, at the graveyard, getting a quickie in the paddyfields. Bored housewives, maids have been exchanging hot stuff across the kitchen windows while drying the laundry. Office workers gossips near the water coolers. Who wears pink bras today or who gets laid last night. There are people who does it on camels too.
And we blame Facebook??
I can bet my little pinkies to go without nail varnish for a week that not even ONE of the 700 clerics have account with any of the social networking platforms.
Let me just quote this:
“They decided “Facebook is haram (or forbidden) if it is used for gossiping and spreading lies,” he said, and that users also could not ask overtly intimate questions or in anyway encourage “vulgar behavior.”
But the clerics noted, too, there were many upsides to Facebook and other trendy, new forms of communication, from mobile phone text messaging to video conferencing”
People! People! Please make up your minds. You cannot be going around sitting on a fence making statements as vague as that. As it is, the religion has received quite a bad publicity for making statements that reflects not from the religious point of view but more of their own understanding and bias-ness of understanding with the current world affairs or technologies.
“And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”
Islam itself is a progressive religion. It prepares to accept the truth whereever it comes from. However, for those who dare not provide evidence simply because of their own ideology, then they ought to be condemned for their attitude.
‘‘Bring a Book from Allah which is a better guide than these two (the Torah and the Qur’an), I will follow it, if what you say be true!’’ So if they do not meet this demand, you should know that they only follow their own desires. And who is more misguided than the one who follows his own desires rather than the guidance from Allah? (28:49-50)
Facebook promotes vulgar behaviour and illicit sex?
Why dont these people sit down together and think about how to improve the livehood of the Ummah, how we can seize the economic opportunities in the halal industries globally. Streamline the process of getting certification of halal food for cottage industries so that single mothers, poor families can benefit from downstream industries. Sit down, muzakarrah together to identify how to divide all the money from the zakat and fitrah so that children from poor families can affort to pass through the airports (instead of just looking at them from outside) and place them in universities so that they can come back and help build the nation.
Muzakarrah to find the best way to communicate and understand the challenges of muallaf so that they have a deeper understanding of the faith and not feel as if they are making the biggest mistake in their lives by converting. They left everything behind to embrace the faith. Some were disowned by the families. The men had their hood cut. Or being discarded by their own families for standing up to their belief.
And they have to talk about Facebook. All 700 of them.