The need to use Sheik Google with Extreme Caution
The place of Knowledge in Islam cannot be overemphasized. Seeking, spreading and most importantly, putting it into sincere usage comes with invaluable rewards, Allah says; Qur’an [96:1-5]; “Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created-, Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,-He Who taught (the use of) the pen,- Taught man that which he knew not.”
Also in Suratul Zumar [Q39:9]; “…….Say: "Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition” Also Qur’an 67:10, 39:3
And among the evidence and virtues of seeking, acquiring and spreading the knowledge of the deen, can be found in the hadith of Allah’s Prophet (ﷺ); It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that: The Prophet said: “The best of charity is when a Muslim man gains knowledge, then he teaches it to his Muslim brother.”— Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 243
Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “While I was sleeping, I saw that a cup full of milk was brought to me and I drank of it and gave the remaining of it to `Umar bin Al-Khattab.” They asked. What have you interpreted (about the dream)? O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said. “(It is Religious) knowledge.” — Sahih al-Bukhari 7032
Narrated by Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet (ﷺ) embraced me and said, “O Allah! Teach him (the knowledge of) the Book (Qur’an).”— Sahih al-Bukhari 7270, also Sahih Muslim 673).
Unlike the Sahaba, Tabi'un and Tabiu al-Tabi’in (R.A), some of whom had to undergo strenuous conditions like long-distance travels (by foot or on animals) to acquire knowledge from authentic sources, the advancement of technology has made it easier for the latter generations to access and spread Islamic knowledge.
As at today, technological advancement has made it easy for us to access and share Islamic knowledge from our fingertips. Even though this is a welcome development since it allows for a larger audience to be reached with a single click or tap from our computer or mobile device respectively, it breeds other issues which are capable of depriving us from the benefits of such religious acts if used without extreme caution.
Being a religion guided by the word of Allah (Qur’an) and the Hadiths of the Prophet (ﷺ), there is almost always a need for fact-based explanations from reputable scholars who have spent years studying the Qur’an, Hadiths and supplementary explanations provided by the immediate companions to grasp some Islamic messages. With the multitude of information available on the cyberspace and the methodology used by search engines to rank contents, it is not impossible to obtain wrong or misinterpreted information that is also backed by quotes from the Qur’an and “Hadith” of the Prophet (ﷺ).
Although, the intention of some online posters might be genuine (to spread the message of Islam), but not having adequate knowledge about the deen, and this automatically increases their ability to mislead millions of Muslims who come across their contents. In addition to the aforementioned set of posters, we also have a sizeable portion of online content creators who deliberately create “Islamic contents” to derail Muslims.
The cyberspace is the largest repository for all sorts of information (the correct, the weak and the fabricated). The same applies to information concerning our deen. How then can we put “Sheik Google” to maximum use without being a victim of misconstrued information?
Well, one of the ways to achieve that is by using verified websites like https://islamqa.info, dawahnigeria.com and https://ummah.com. More importantly, we should strive to attend Halaqa’ ((حلقة of Sunni scholars around us. With this in sha Allah, our chances of obtaining misleading knowledge will be greatly minimized. May Allah continue to guide our affairs, Aaameen.
Written by Adekunle Ridwan Oyewole (Abu Ibrahim)
Edited by dn-editorial team