There are many, many ways to be Muslim. There are people who drink, smoke and party, but still identify themselves as Muslim. And Iâ€
So, there really is no judgement that can be passed on someone from the likes of me.
At the same time however, there is an onus on Muslims, to promote good and forbid evil. And indeed, the lowest level of faith is to see wrong being done, and to do nothing about it, except for deploring that action in your heart.
So, it is in this context that I want to talk about social media.
Social media is, of course, a whole devil in itself – it’s addictive, promotes consumption and sucks up time better than a Hoover sucks up the crumbs on the mosque carpet after iftar. But that’s not the issue at hand here. What is the issue is something else thatâ€
There is a sense of our Muslimness being a public performance that is reliant on the applause. And this is where social media has made monsters of us. Sure, social media is fantastic. It has changed our lives. But social media has also created an aesthetic in which people do things only for the photograph, the status update, the tag on Facebook. It has hollowed out any sense of meaningfulness from what we do, so weâ€
So in conclusion, I entreat you all to join me in making this duâ€