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5 reasons why a Muslim should give up Facebook

By Farrukh Paasha

Many say that Facebook can be used for good. True but so can many things which are bad for us. Surely the harms outweigh the good. Here are 5 reasons why a Muslim should give up Facebook:

1. Wastes a significant amount of time:

Ibn Al Qayyim (RA) says: "Wasting time is worse than death because death seperates you from this world whereas wasting time seperates you from Allah".

2. Wasting one's youth

The youth is a precious part of one's life that one should devote to Allah: The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said: Make the most of five things before five others: life before death, health before sickness, free time before becoming busy, youth before old age, and wealth before poverty. Saheeh al-Jaami The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) also said: "Lose no time to do good deeds before you are caught up by one of seven calamities awaiting you: a starvation which may impair your wisdom; a prosperity which may mislead you; an ailment which may damage your health; an old age which may harm your senses; a sudden death; the Dajjal; or Doomsday, which is indeed the hardest and most bitter." [at-Tirmidhi]

3. Facebook are the enemies of Islam

They have proven it twice: Once when they refused to ban "Burn the Qur'an day" group and secondly when they refused to ban "Draw cartoons of Prophet Muhammad" group. So if you enjoy using the facilities of the enemies of Islam then that is upto you.

4. It is a place of great fitnah

Even if you claim your account is restricted to just friends it does not entirely stop the potential for free mixing: Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: I have not left behind me any fitnah (temptation) more harmful to men than women. [Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5096; Muslim, 2740]

5. Risk of account getting hacked

It is a place where hackers can easily gain access to your account details and personal information etc. Read the following recent story in the Guardian papers archives: Mark Zuckerberg (Creator of Facebook) Facebook fan page hack: who was behind it?

Do not let Shaythan and your Nafs make excuses for you to continue wasting your time on Facebook. Your time is more precious than you can ever imagine and you will only regret this precious time that you are wasting on Facebook in the hereafter. That is when we will all see what we could have gained if we used our precious time wisely. Your youth is too precious to waste and once it is gone you will never regain it back again. So use the time you have now in your youth to get closer to Allah and spend time with good company and those who remember Allah. Use this precious little time to do the work of dawah and to do much dhikr, recite Qur'an with its meanings, memorise ayah's, learn Dua's. Listen to Islamic lectures and learn about Islam. learn the language of the Qur'an. There is so much good to do and so little time to do it in. So the little time that we do have we should spend it on that which will benefit us FOREVER not that which will waste our time and will not benefit us at all in this world or the next. It's your life so the choice is yours... It was narrated that Ibn Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: Two blessings which many people do not make the most of: good health and spare time. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6412.

And Allah knows best in all matters