The Rise of a Digital World: Technology Through the Lens of Islam
Written By: Konmal Ali
Graphic By: Syaal Sharifzad
Technology continues to reshape the lifestyles of individuals across the globe. It has created opportunities for adequate access to information and bridging community gaps. The rise of a digitized world with almost everything accessible with the touch of a finger has forged a new path in shaping identities. With the rise of technology, Muslims around the globe can utilize forums to ask questions, connect, and most importantly, gain access to a community beyond just face-to-face contact.
Islam continues to encourage anything that enhances the quality of life as long as it is with pure intentions and good faith. Like everything in this world, technology can be used for both good and bad. Thus, it is our duty to use resources wisely.
Muslims from every corner of the world now have access to an abundance of knowledge that can further bring them closer to Islam. For example, parents can schedule online Quran courses for children and use apps to assist them in teaching their children how to pray, perform wudu and so much more. When traveling or praying in a new location, apps can be used to effectively determine the direction of the Qibla and keep track of prayer times. Anyone can access informative podcasts and lectures from Islamic scholars while also receiving real-time answers to any of their questions.
Social media and other online platforms have further influenced the spread of Islam. Communities that once felt disconnected can now find the support they always deserved. For example, many reverts have found comfort in sharing their stories online and seeking help in their transition to Islam. Endless support can promote growth and ease the fear of the uncertainty many have at this stage. Additionally, informative websites can be accessible to anyone, including those who are just starting to learn about Islam. They can also clear misconceptions and disregard incorrect stereotypes.
Younger generations often find hardships in fitting into societies that may be very different from their backgrounds. For example, those who might be the only Muslims at their school or the only hijabi in town might feel like an outcast. Through social media, younger generations can cultivate lifelong friendships, seek further guidance, and have others who can validate their emotions while also navigating societal pressures. Platforms can be used to generate discussions about overcoming weaknesses and persevering through difficult times. Accurate media representations can further fuel confidence in the identities of younger generations to give them a sense of pride in who they are and to have someone to relate to.
Social media campaigns and organizations can utilize technology to garner further support for current events, educate, and advocate on a global stage. This ensures that voices do not go unheard and that during turbulent times we unite to bring attention to matters hidden from society.
Through sharing information and stories, we can heal and explore new ideas or concepts that were once foreign. We have the ability to reach out and ignite crucial conversations within our communities while standing up for our fellow brothers and sisters. We can expand our borders and learn from our collective experiences to further build a foundation in guiding newer generations in forging their own path to Islam.