“Do not forward…”

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

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Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Says:

إِذْ تَلَقَّوْنَهُ بِأَلْسِنَتِكُمْ وَتَقُولُونَ بِأَفْوَاهِكُم مَّا لَيْسَ لَكُم بِهِ عِلْمٌ وَتَحْسَبُونَهُ هَيِّنًا وَهُوَ عِندَ اللَّهِ عَظِيمٌ

“When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with Allaah it was very great.” [An-Noor: 15]

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The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم described the severe punishments for those who lie. He صلى الله عليه وسلم related a dream in which he saw people being punished; among them were two persons, whose cheeks were being torn away from the mouth to the ear. He صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “I saw (in a dream), two men came to me. They said, ‘The person, the one whose cheek you saw being torn away (from the mouth to the ear) was a liar and used to tell lies and the people would report those lies on his authority until they spread all over the world. So he will be punished like that till the Day of Resurrection.'” [Saheeh al-Bukhari, 8/118]

One should think carefully before acting; as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is reported to have said:

التأني من الله و العجلة من الشيطان

“Deliberation is from Allaah and haste is from the Shaytan.”
[Al-Bayhaqi, Sunan al-Kabeer, 10/104; Shu’ab al-Imaan, 4/89; Musnad Abi Ya’la, 3/1054 (#4256) – Ibn Hajar and Al-Albani graded as hasan – see ‘Silsilah as-Saheehah’, 4/404]

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The explosion of the information age via the advent of the internet has provided opportunities for every person to spread their opinions; be they misguided or otherwise.Each individual and group having their own vested agendas, yet a primary goal of these websites is to attract increased readership.

Imam al-Bukhari recorded (no. 6047) that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Whoever calls using false speech to increase (the numbers) with it, then Allaah will not increase him except a little.”

“As the information-age marvels at its achievements, it continues to pride itself on the ability to spread trash around the world at the speed of light and then witness the rubbish that continues to perpetuate cyberspace.” – We are amazed by its sophisticated techniques of propagating lies and disseminating rumours while witnessing modern media machinery’s strong grasp on our thoughts and actions.

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The “information age” is begging for the moral guidance of Islam:

“Do Not Forward”: The Importance of Deliberation

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