The intention of using social media.
I spoke about this (at length, y’all know I love to gab) on my IG stories yesterday. It is still up if you haven’t caught it.
As I mentioned in the IG stories, I am one of them moms who looooveee to post up pictures of my children. And I understand this, mommies. They are too cute to resist. I know, I know.
But I also made a decision to have a public account whereby I no longer have friends and family on my account but I have followers. Like legit followers (Hey y’all! Y’all my fam now. We tight!).
With my minute knowledge of this deen, I also realise that I have a responsibility towards each and every one of you. And that I will also be accountable to whatever I have guided you to do through my writings and sharing. It is not something I take lightly either.
But this is just me, this is how I perceive my social media platform to be used as: a medium to share my reflections about deen and life, in general, to create awareness, to encourage positive parenting & of course there are days when I show my comedic side.
I do have to remind myself time and again that I do want to reap hasanah from being in public and I want to make it count towards my good deeds. I am selfish that way but on the day of judgement where nothing else matters except for ourselves, we have to be sometimes.
Allah will ask me (and you) what have we done with the time He has given us, what have we done with the knowledge He has given us, what have we done with the wealth He has given us. And this is recorded in the hadith below.
On the Day of Resurrection, people will be asked about other matters, including the following:
It was narrated from Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The son of Adam will not be dismissed from before his Lord on the Day of Resurrection until he has been questioned about five things: his life and how he spent it, his youth and how he used it, his wealth and how he earned it and how he disposed of it, and how he acted upon what he acquired of knowledge.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2422; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1969)
So while I post pictures of my children and show you a glimpse of my life, I try my very best to include some reflections in the captions just so the post will not be in vain. It is not there merely as a source of entertainment or vanity or to fan my narcissism, but rather a source of knowledge that you may be able to read, digest and give some thoughts about it.
This life is but a fleeting moment. Before we know it, at a blink of an eye, we will stand before our Rabb on the Day of Judgement and He will ask us what have we done with our life. Was it merely for fun an amusement? Or did we use our time in dunia as a bridge towards reaping hasanah in the hereafter?
That is a question we must ask ourselves in whatever we do. We do not want our time spent to go wasted and unaccounted on that day.
This serve as a reminder to me, first and foremost, because I know my flaws and I know the ugly truth of myself and I am far beyond what goodness everyone thinks of me.
If you have reached a certain amount of following on your social media (lets give a threshold of 1k), then it is time to evaluate your intention of using your social media platform.
If it serves just as a place to store your memories and your pictures, you don’t need that much of a following. But if you have accumulated that much and your style of posting has not changed, then it is time to revisit the intention of having that outlet.
“Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers), whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment“. [57:20]