I love the internet. I can remember the first time I ever used the internet (It was in South Wales, in 1998) and thinking that this was the start of a big love affair. All that information, just a few clicks away!
When I became Muslim, I used to search endlessly for information about Islam and Muslims generally.
People might mock "Mullah Google" and talk of the perils of getting your religion from the internet, but lots of us have done it and still do.
For many the interent is a place we feel we can discuss issues freely. Still I think it's important, before typing a response, to think: "Would I go up to that person and say it to their face?".
Muslims are meant to have excellent manners/adab. We even have an example to follow, our beloved Messenger of Allah, the Prophet Muhammed, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
To point about reading about Islam, spending virtual time with Muslims, should be to bring you closer to Allah swt.
So why do I feel like I've been hit in the abdomen with a baseball bat by some of the things I've read?
It's easy to forget that lots of people live quite happily without having an "online life". The other day, I over heard someone asking what a blog was.
It's Ramadan soon, insha Allah and Alhamdulilah for this blessing.
I am seeking humility and purity. I want this month to matter, to have a lasting effect.
Examining how I spend my time, or rather how I waste it. What I can be doing to bring myself closer to Allah swt.
A while ago, Bint Will (a regular commenter on Umar Lee's blog) said that she wasn't sure if she is a better person since becoming a Muslim.
Her question resonated with me - am I a better person? I don't know, but I know that I want to be.
A big step I am currently taking is looking at what enters my ears and my eyes. Is it beneficial? Is there better things I could be doing. Insha Allah, the internet is one of those areas.
As always, if anyone has any advice or thoughts on this, please feel free to leave a comment or email me (my address is in my blog profile).
If anything thing good is in this blog post, it is from Allah swt, if anything bad is here, it's from me.
May Allah guide and protect you all.