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Ramadan Induced Instagram and Snapchat Envy

One of the easiest ways to ruin a great Ramadan is to log onto social media and feel like everyone else is having a better month than you. Ramadan in the summertime is rough, with fasting for many people coming in roughly around 15-18 hours. This means personal worship is going to be difficult. Praying Isha and waking up on time …

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The Best of 2015 And What to Expect for 2016

Here are the articles in 2015 that were most popular on the Fiqh of Social Media site: 7. Muslims Online Seeking A Religious Spouse … Or Illicit Hookups? Or Both? 6. Jealousy, Attention, and the Social Media Highlight Reel 5. Hajj Recap Series – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. 4. Dua – The Greatest Casualty of a Socially Networked Life 3. Ramadan Guide to …

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Social Media Activism: A Real Thing, Or A Trick We Play On Ourselves?

Here’s a question I recently received from our email list: How do you feel about social media activism? Is it a real thing, or is it just a trick we play on ourselves to make us think were actually doing something good for a cause? And how much good does it actually do? Answering this question requires understanding the levels of …

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What I Learned About My Online Persona from An Indian Movie Tweet

This week marked 20 years since the release of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (#20YearsOfDDLJ). If that doesn’t make any sense, think of it like this – it’s the desi equivalent of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. I posted the following on both Twitter and Facebook. https://twitter.com/ibnabeeomar/status/656450986957893632 One reply to the tweet said – “lol. The one person I …

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Hajj Recap Part 2 – Makkah

This is the Part 2 of #Hajj2015 Recap series. You can check out the other installments here: Part 1 – Madinah Part 2 – Makkah Part 3 – Mina Seeing the Kabah for the First Time https://www.facebook.com/AbuAbdissalamOfficial/videos/vb.153848297996307/929762937071502/?type=2&theater Sitting and looking at the Kabah is mesmerizing. There is no other way of describing it. Then you turn around and you see that everyone …

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Battling an iDisorder

This is a guest post. Yousuf is an undergraduate student at a large public university in America. You can follow him on Twitter and on WordPress. It’s no understatement: technology has revolutionized our daily lives. Everything from chatting with friends to looking up recipes to learning our religion takes place on the internet nowadays. Naturally, this much change at such a …

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3 Major Parenting Social Media Mistakes

We normally classify “parents” as late adopters of technology, and therefore usually out of touch. For example, a few years ago, most parents were freaked out about Facebook and had no idea what it was. Now they are active users on this platform – more so than the younger generation. Due to this lag, we often do not look at …

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Social Media is By Intention

Why?  It all starts here. The Prophet (s) said, “Actions are by intentions, and every person will get rewarded according to what he has intended” (Bukhari). Every facet of social media and networking boils down to this. We must examine not just how social media impacts our lives, but also the manner in which we interact with it. Technologies and …

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Data Rebellion: Lessons from Life Without A Data Plan

This is a guest post by Muin Saiyed, a prolific writer and activist from Southern New Jersey. He has been apart of Islamic initiatives across the State and is also the Founder of NewGen Muslims, an initiative by the Islamic Center of South Jersey. A month ago I had decided to turn off the data on my cell phone with …