Muslims view technology as a way to make the world a better place. They see technology to help and improve human civilization, not destroy it or leave people behind. As Muslims, our responsibility is to make sure we do nothing that would hinder humanity’s progress and development in this century.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The Muslim is he from whose hand and tongue other Muslims are safe” [Al-Bukhari]. In an age where any individual can reach around the globe with just one click of a button, we have no excuse not to lead by example when using technology for good.
When it comes to technology, Muslims are not necessarily opposed to it, but they want to use it consistently with Islamic teachings”.
The risk of being misunderstood has forced many companies into an awkward position. On the one hand, social media have made communication between Muslim customers and businesses much quicker and easier than before. The need for small or medium-sized firms to take advantage of this opportunity is clear. Many are already actively engaged on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – almost half (45%) are present on at least two platforms, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2017 Business Mobility Survey.
But these same businesses must tread carefully when interacting with Muslims through digital channels because what may be acceptable practice elsewhere could easily offend their target market’s religious sensibilities. For example, although “happy hours” are common among consumers everywhere who share a business platform online during Ramadan – where socializing over food and drink after sunset is allowed – some Muslims would object if alcohol brands were involved in promotions around the holy month without first consulting them about it beforehand; indeed advertising alcohol products via social media altogether has been banned by many governments across the Middle East region since 2010 following protests from conservative citizens against its promotion online during Ramadan.
Followers of Islam are permitted to use technology to improve their lives and do “good” things. The Qur’an even emphasizes the importance of knowledge over wealth: “And seek not of the people the riches that We have bestowed on them, but strive rather to give a better life to the needy among them.” (28:77)
The idea here is that if one can use technology positively, they should go ahead and do so. However, it does not mean that followers of Islam are allowed to be lazy or irresponsible with technology – nor does it mean they should avoid using technology when possible. For example, someone paying for an app on their smartphone may earn money through whatever work they perform on their phone; God will judge each person according to their circumstances. As such, what constitutes positively using technology? Here are some ideas.
Technology exists for you (and me) to make our lives easier and more comfortable, particularly within our own homes where we spend most of our time! Suppose I am working at home late into the evening hours writing articles like this one. In that case, I will probably take advantage of my laptop’s ability to track how much battery power remains so I know exactly when I need to recharge my battery or plug it in.
Likewise, many modern cars now come fitted with GPS systems that enable us to navigate long distances without getting lost – although pilgrims walking from place to place during Ramadan may want to turn off these tracking devices because sometimes walking outside your house can bring about spiritual benefits too! Technology exists for us all sorts of useful purposes, e.g., improving schoolwork via Internet educational websites like Khan Academy makes learning fun, ensuring pupils learn faster than ever before, etc.)
There’s another point worth mentioning here too….however good your intentions were, i.e., improving education by utilizing information & communication technologies (ICT), there could still be negative outcomes resulting from introducing new technologies into Islamic schools, e.g., giving students smartphones might make them become distracted from memorizing Quran quickly enough).
So while you cannot say something ‘isn’t permitted’ based solely upon its potential risks, i.e., nothing is forbidden unless proven otherwise); you can still decide whether or not particular technological applications should be used based upon individual requirements considering all aspects involved beforehand – including any other factors which might impact negatively against certain individuals due purely down other factors outwith your control -such as a human error)!
So while keeping everything else constant between two situations, if A resulted in X being achieved quicker than Situation B would have done under similar circumstances, saying “A was preferable” because “X was accomplished sooner.” You must always compare both situations properly first, though! As far as using apps is concerned, there are plenty today, including those designed specifically for Muslims. It depends on what type(s)of application(s) best suits different Muslim communities’ needs & lifestyles nowadays, for example, prayer times calculators, Taraweeh timing reminders, etc.)
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