Facebook, Twitter and the like…

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu, 

I hope you are well.

I was recently (about 4 hours ago) thinking to go back onto Facebook and Twitter having left them both in 2011 and 2010 respectively. However I wasn’t thinking to join the two sites again for my own personal gain and fun but instead, to move forward with ideas that I had.

I have since decided against it.

The thorough process that I was going through at the time has prompted this post, which, I hope insha’Allah, will help others to make the right decision when it comes to going anywhere near social media websites.

Let me go back a bit to when I first joined Facebook and Twitter.

I first joined Facebook when I was in year 7 (at the age of about 12 years old), and used it for reasons which were not from the Islamic teachings, if you get my gist. I was involved in things which were not beneficial and which I regret to this day, although they have taught me many lessons. I then continued to have Facebook until I was 17 years old, between year 12 and 13. During that time, my Facebook profile went through a lot, from the types and quantity of friends I had to the content I was posting. My profile seemed to grow up with me.

I then left Facebook completely after I became closer to the deen and disliked the many hours I wasted scrolling through sayings and pictures which only really affected me for a second or two before the next one came along and had the same effect.

Now on to Twitter. Twitter was a different move that was not prompted and pushed as an idea by my peers. This came about due to an interest of expressing my mind to so many people all at the same time. I therefore joined Twitter in 2010. ( I still have the first e-mail they sent to me!) I used Twitter really just to annoy, bother and stalk celebrities, following them like a dog so that wherever they went, whatever they did, whatever they said, I was aware of it and I was able to voice my opinions to them directly about it, whilst gaining replies at times! I was an official Twitter groupie.

But my Twitter stint lasted for far less time, stretching out just over a year, I believe this was cut out of my life due to the same reason as Facebook; I realised my time was too valuable to spend it traipsing through the lives of others.

Despite my disinclination towards social media on a personal level, I still believe there is great power and a lot of good that can come about through it. The revolution that was basically created through Twitter, the charity events I used to know about only through Facebook, the links that you would be able to share through them both, etc. all argue against my disinclination to have contact with social media.

As with everything though, “with great power comes great responsibility,”

JazakAllahu khairan for reading.

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu, 

A Modern Muslimah ❤