Handling false information- in the light of the Quran

As Salam u Alaikum!

Today I would like to share with you an interesting ayah I came across while reading the Quran. It says;

(Al-Hujurat 49:6)

In this ayah, Allah (SWT) warns the believers about wicked people who come to us with false news or information. He says that when we hear such news, we must always verify it and find out the truth. We must ensure this to avoid harming any person by giving them false information, and later regretting the damage we have caused.

Such acts of transmitting misinformation are extremely prevalent in our modern society due to the advent of social media and instant messaging. Sometimes, we share or forward information that we have not checked or verified before telling our friends or posting it on the internet.

I commonly observe this taking place through WhatsApp. Many times, sly and vicious people with malignant intents fabricate videos and messages that are false, just to spread propaganda and hate. When we come across this, we blindly forward it to everyone we know without checking the authenticity of the material. The people receiving it also do the same. And as WhatsApp is such a widespread network connecting countless people, these fake messages spread like wildfire, and wrong accusations and opinions begin to form rapidly. Whereas, the vindictive and cunning fraudster who started this seemingly never ending chain is satisfied as he has been successful in deceiving the whole community.

I hope all of you have understood the importance of this lesson from the Quran and will implement this learning in your everyday life. I am awe-struck that Allah’s guide to mankind, the Quran, also teaches us this essential lesson which is not only useful for every individual, but also beneficial for the entire Ummah.


Eco-Friendly Ramadan

Ramadan is almost here. With only three months to go till this holy month, we should spread awareness about an environment-friendly Ramadan.

…eat and drink: but waste not by excess, for Allah (S) loveth not the wasters.

from the Holy Quran, Al-A’raf 7:31

Allah (S) asks us not to waste food and drink. Here are a few steps we can take to make iftars at masjids green and eco-friendly.

  • Increase the use of reusable plates, cups, napkins and utensils. If not reusable, then recyclable or decomposable.
  • Have a vegetarian iftar at least once a week. High meat consumption is one of the major causes of global warming. Consuming less meat will be better for our health and for the Earth.
  • Reduce the amount of junk food in our iftars. We should ensure that the food we eat is wholesome and healthy. We should avoid fried and sugary items.
  • Take only as much food as you can eat. Often people just pile their plates with food and are unable to finish it, and the food goes waste. The leftovers can be taken back home and eaten for suhoor the next morning. They can also be given to people who are not as privileged as us and don’t have food to eat. Ramadan is not just about fasting and then feasting, it is about adopting moderation as a way of life.
  • Don’t cook extra food. Make only whatever is necessary, otherwise it will go waste.
  • Make recycling bins for people to segregate their waste into. There can be different bins for paper, plastic, glass, food waste and other wastes. Then we can make sure that the food is recycled appropriately.
  • Compost your food wastes.
  • Eat local and organic food. It is fresh, healthy and free from pesticides, insecticides, preservatives and additives.
  • Spread awareness about having a green Ramadan. This can be done after Jumah prayers and during iftars.
  • Stop the usage of Styrofoam. Also known as polystyrene, it contains toxic chemicals that spread into our food. It is also highly non-biodegradable, and takes more than hundreds of years to decompose.
  • Save water while making wudu. Use a small bottle or jug, pouring small amounts into your palm for each step. When using a tap, allow only a slow trickle of water.

This will save our natural resources, conserve energy and protect the environment. It will reduce the amount of waste being dumped in landfills. It will also save money. It will minimize the environmental impact of our iftars. This will also give us sawaab and Allah’s blessings.

– Afrah

Outreach programs for non muslims

For the Sunday classes that we organize at our home, there were questions raised by some residents and members of RWA at the RWA meeting (which I couldn’t attend due to Sunday class).
The issue was not taken for discussion as some members thought it is like a regular tuition and doesn’t impact others.
What I realized that the people who would have talked in our support would have definitely been one of the neighbours whom we interact with and they know us well. Which in turn tells me that we may not have been able to reach out many others who are worried and concerned (though there are no reasons required for people to get concerned about us). We are new to the area and it will take some more effort to build realtionships.
What I think is that we need to do some outreach programs and be prepared with materials which can be used to talk and explain to many of our non Muslim friends, neighbours etc. We need to do our bit and this is what Quran and Hadeeth tells us. Ignorance is increasing the hatred and we seem to be doing nothing about it. We are waiting for some Mr Yadav or Mr Gandhi or some Buaji to do something for us. I think we can do better than them.
Suggestions welcomed. Please consolidate your ideas and we can give it some shape quickly.

Assalam o Alaikum

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