Facebook (FB) is a catchphrase these days. Its purpose ranges from text chatting to posting of news across the world. It has just become a virtual world for all of us. Over the years, however, it has acquired a negative image, mainly because of its destructive use by few people. It has been found that Facebook is mostly used for wrong purposes especially by younger generation who indulge in objectionable acts through it. These unscrupulous activities have damaged the moral fabric of the society.
Some FB users have also been blamed of instigating violence. On the other hand, we can use FB for positive purposes as well. This idea may seem impossible in the face of the fact that virtual world which has become hub of immoral activities.
When one keenly scans through FB, there are hundreds of Islamic pages who are engaged in spreading the message of Islam. Some of the pages like Rope of Allah; Islamic Alerts: Creating Awareness about Islam; I need Allah in my life: Prophet Muhammad (SAW); Daily Islamic Verse; Islam a way to attain Peace of Humanity; Daily Quran; and many more have been doing are a great work in creating awareness and spreading the word of Allah.
Such pages enrich the social media users with Islamic information and the same time spread the much needed message of peace. The page ‘Islamic Alerts Creating Awareness’ is meant for propagation of Islam through Al-Quran and authentic hadith. In one of its post while quoting holy Quran it writes “respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, colour, sex, race, language, status, property, birth, profession, job and so on,” thus speaking about the essence of respecting one another.
In the modern day society, such pages cause the basic information regarding the Islamic perspective. In its other post it says, “We all want mercy and forgiveness from Allah but how many of us strive to be merciful and forgiving to others. So next time, you want to be harsh or rude to someone just remember that we are told. Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind. So open your heart, O! Muslim, and be compassionate, caring, and forgiving.”
These pages help netizens to understand Islam in a far better way as the Islamic knowledge is being provided to them in a better way and from authentic source. More and more people are attracted by these pages as is evident from the response they get. A page named ‘Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’ has around three lakh followers.
Facebook is important for younger generation also only if they can use it properly. We catch basic information that is news, job policy, school related news and day-to-day updates.
Deriving its name from the verse of the third chapter of the holy Quran, ‘The Rope of Allah’ is yet another page dedicated to the cause of unity among Muslims. “And hold fast, all of you together to the rope Allah (that is holy Quran), and be not divided among yourselves and remember Allah’s favour on you for you were enemies to one another but he joined your hearts together so that by his grace you become like brothers,” it says in one of its posts.