Nowadays people display their entire life on social media, you have to be wary of what you post! So many people post things that can harm them – with or without them realizing the consequences of what they post.
1. Own Sins
Do not post your past sins on social media!!! Don’t even tell anyone outside of the internet. Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ has covered your sins and dignified you, so why are you ruining it for yourself? A sister messaged me the other day telling me how she told a close friend of hers about a past sin and now her friend lost respect for her. I asked – Subhanallah sister what was the need to tell your friend? Why are you exposing yourself?
Abu Hurayrah said:
I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “All of my ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man does something at night, then the following morning when Allaah has concealed his sin, he says, ‘O So and so, I did such and such last night,’ when all night his Lord has concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allaah had concealed.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5721; Muslim, 2990).
Allah has given you a blessing by concealing your sin, don’t turn that blessing into a sin! Not only will people look down upon you, it may be offensive to the most High. Conceal your sins.
2. Other’s Sins
As people post their own sins, they also post about others’ sins, “not me” say 99% of people, but yes you do. If not of people you personally know then of celebrities – that’s still haram!
Tagging people in memes and videos where celebrities are getting dissed is you spreading another person’s faults and it still qualifies as haram. I really do not understand why people think of it to be okay to diss celebrities and discuss celebrities all they want as if it still doesn’t come under gheebah?
I’ve witnessed so many, mashallah, practicing Muslims who pray 5 times a day and preach goodness doing this and I get so frustrated – agh! Why are you ruining your deeds?! Making fun of Bieber, Kardashians, etc. – they might expose their sins but what is your need to spread it further?! If your family member or friend committed a sin openly, would you be tagging others to see it? I assume you wouldn’t, so it’s no different for celebrities. Stop ruining your good deeds!
Ok, touchy subject but some of you really need to control yourselves.
- Do not expose your beauty to namahrams
- Don’t put yourself in a situation to catch the evil eye
Some make the excuse “this is how I look, so why would it be haram to just post it online if they see me like this every day?” Well…
- You are not giving a pose with whatever expression you make in photos when you meet people.
- In real life, people may be hesitant to glance at you multiple times, while on the internet they can view you as much as they would like and maybe even save/share your photos.
- If you really look the same way in real life, that still isn’t an excuse to flaunt your beauty online in front of namahrams.
Do question your intentions and do not make excuses for yourself. Relax on the selfies, really. You also put yourself in great danger for the evil eye! Do not underestimate it!! Your beauty is a gift from Allah, you should conceal your blessings as much as you should conceal your sins! Enviers are everywhere!
Ibn ‘Abbas reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
The influence of an evil eye is a fact; if anything would precede the destiny it would be the influence of an evil eye, and when you are asked to take bath (as a cure) from the influence of an evil eye, you should take bath.(Sahih Muslim 2188)
As I stated, you should cover your blessings just as you cover your sins! Mashallah Allah blessed you, but it’s the same as above – the evil eye is very real and very dangerous. The evil eye can bring severe troubles in your life! Please do not take the evil eye lightly and don’t boast your blessings whether it’s money, marriage, friendship, knowledge, etc. Don’t post your life online. A simple status of how much you love your friends may seem innocent and sweet but you never know how a lonely person may react to that status and envy you for it. Don’t post statuses about how much you love your family, tell them in person, don’t showcase it. Don’t showcase your cars or degrees. I say this only for your own safety, be careful and think twice before posting ANYTHING!
I’m not saying not to ever post anything, but many people spam their blessings online. Once in a while is a different situation, but please be careful on social media at all times.
Complain and grieve only to Allah. Don’t post your hardships online – people don’t care. People may comment out of curiosity, but rarely out of love. Only Allah can help you in your hard times, complain and cry to Him, the Al-Wadud. People cannot take your pain away, spend your time making dua and seeking the pleasure of Allah, He will make a way for you. Do what you can in your power to resolve the issue, make constant dua, and have tawakkul. Allah will help you!
I hope this post serves as a point of reflection for you. It’s so easy to post things you shouldn’t on social media. Please be careful and save yourself from sins, hardships, and from the evil eye.