A Muslim’s Guide to Facebook Arguments (and online ridiculousness in general)March 19, 2012 by Dr. O
[Dr. O blogs at Muslim Medicine, a site that strives to serve only the freshest grade-A certified ẓabiḥah ḥalāl comedy.]
... It's a shame that such incredible tools of spreading knowledge and building enlightening discussions such as Islamic Forums, Message Boards, group E-mail threads, Twitter feeds, and YouTube comment threads instead descend into embarrassing hotbeds of heated fights and countless hours of wasted time. And of all these online mediums, the biggest culprit of all is Facebook.
- THE INSTIGATOR
- THE JUNIOR INTERNET SCHOLAR
- THE DRAMA QUEEN GOSSIPER
- THE CYNICAL CRITICIZER
- THAT ONE JUDGMENTAL GUY
Spotting trouble online early on and avoiding it, diffusing it, or negating it is only part of the solution, but it doesn't completely solve the disease we have as judgmental, gossipy, and argumentative folk. Espousing proper Islamic manners of disagreement, etiquette of mutual respect and understanding, and patience with those we don't see eye to eye with is a prophetic legacy that applies even to our online lives, just as much as it does to our dealings in person.
PS. Chadhta Suraj Dheere Dheere - Kawwali - Aziz Nazan
-- See the original Urdu/Hindi lyrics, here. Translated in English, here