Sharing/Forwarding on Social Media? An Important Reminder

And there are these individuals who, for everything that they have, they want to spread without any control, meaning what? Any statement they spread or image they spread and they share across WhatsApp or Twitter or Facebook without any control or limitation, without investigating: is this from the Imam? Is this actually from the Prophet? Did this Marja or scholar actually say this or not? They feel the need to somehow spread everything and they say, well, it's not my concern or it is not really, I am not responsible. I'm just sharing this with you.

But you are the tool by which this is being shared by people, isn't it? Between you and I spread these messages or these so-called statements. And, you know, I always say Amir Al-Mu'minin is the most individual who has been oppressed in social media. You know why every statement have it there and stick Amir Al-Mu'minin's name to it, and share it and people Mashallah, it's beautiful. How do you know Amir Al-Mu'minin said it?

How do we overcome this? Make sure we find the reference, at least if somebody wants to find out, did Ameer say this or not, there is a reference for them to go and investigate. It doesn't mean that that particular narration is absolutely authentic or acceptable. But if there is a reference, at least they can refer.

But when you and I have this impulsive need sometimes or desire to forward and to make sure we spread whatever we received, we have to know.

Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, says in the Qur'an: "wa qifuhum innahum mas'uloon"(37:24), on the Day of Judgment, hold them, they are responsible. If, God forbid, somebody gets a wrong idea when something is spread or sent, then we will be held accountable. Likewise, if, for example, we spread the rumor over, backbite someone and it spread through social media, the sins multiply. No doubt about that. We have to keep that into consideration.