Monday, June 13, 2011

Purdah Online - II


The part left out from the previous post was a list of DOs that should be followed to implement purdah rules in the online world.

There can be many more additions to this list. I am just citing the main aspects from the top of my head.

1. We should always remember (whenever we do anything really, not just when we sit online) that Allah SWT is All-Seeing, All-Knowing. The Holy Quran says,

"But verily over you (are appointed angels) to protect you,- 11. Kind and honourable,- Writing down (your deeds): 12. They know (and understand) all that ye do. 13. As for the Righteous, they will be in bliss; 14. And the Wicked – they will be in the Fire, 15. Which they will enter on the Day of Judgment "
( Holy Quran : Chapter 82 : verses 10 -15 ) Al-Infitar (The Cleaving, Bursting Apart)

"Behold, two (guardian angels) appointed to learn (his doings) learn (and noted them), one sitting on the right and one on the left. . Not a word does he utter but there is a sentinel by him, ready (to note it)."
( Holy Quran : chapter 50 : verses 17-18 ) Qaf ((the Letter), ( Q ))

2. We must make sure we are sitting in a public place, where people are walking about and there is no opportunity to have 'private chats' etc.

3. When communicating with na-mahram men (or women) regarding a necessary matter, try to
  • keep the conversation/tweet/post/email/chat as short as possible
  • use a minimum of emoticons in your speech
  • appear as strict as possible, so that no 'possibilities' arise in anybody's mind
  • involve others in the conversation (like, maybe ask your parent for some advice when they're passing by etc)
4. When blogging, we can talk about general matters, and personal experiences. But if we concentrate on personal appearances, then we're venturing close to that boundary between the genders, because if our blog is public, then talking about appearances (such as quoting a friend who commented on your appearance and said, "Hey how awesome you look MA") has the potential to lead to fitnah and the same line will be crossed which is prohibited to cross (as in, we're asked not be soft in speech so as not to attract any unwanted attentions). 

Now all of these do not sound very easy. But if we try our best to at  least start implementing a few of these principles in our online lives, then there would be very little chance of:
  • cyber-stalkers
  • 'blind' chats
  • anonymous emails
  • 'secret admirers' 
  • online declarations of love and all that follows (without the parents having the slightest idea what the kids are upto and why they spend so much time online). 
I will IA add more points to this. Exhausted at the moment. 

So long folks.

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