Muslims in the country have been urged to master information technology so that they can contribute positively to socio-economic growth of Islam and Malawi at large.
Speaking during the official opening of a two-day workshop organised by Blantyre Islamic Mission at Chadzunda, one of the Muslim scholars in the country who was also the guest of honour Sheikh Mustahab Ayam encouraged the Muslims to use communications technology saying this has reduced many challenges on how Muslims and non-Muslims can access the words of God.
“This workshop is very important to both Muslim and non-Muslim community because it will help to shape the human behaviours since technology or internet is not a bad thing and we should encourage everyone including our youngsters to use it,” Ayam said.
He further said that it is very important to use technological communications since a lot of devices are available which can carry the message of God and other important information about developing the country and Islam.
“Nowadays there are a lot of gadgets like phones, computers and laptops which can keep different information including the Holy book of Quran in all forms like soft copy and audio in different languages which helps people to carry with it wherever they are going,” he said.
He further said with the modern technology people can learn more about Islam and its teachings through using reliable sources and also asked the Sheikhs in attendance to spread the message on the advantages of using the modern technology in searching the words of Allah.
However, the same technology is being used to disparage Islam with negative images such as terrorism, poverty, illiteracy and the likes and Sheikh Ayam also asked for proper investigations when such issues have risen through the social media.
“Other groups of people use the same modern way of technology to tarnish the image and the reputation of Islam and Muslims should be aware of it, don’t follow everything you come across on internet because these people post things which are contrary to the teachings of Islam and these facts should be realized by the preachers of Islam,” Ayam stressed.
He then asked parents to be on the forefront to make sure that their children are using internet in proper manner. He gave an example that in the past children were gathering together outside their houses to chat as friends but now the same youngsters can be in the house but chatting with people who are not within and others whom they don’t know by face.
He said: “Muslim youngsters are adopting technology to distance themselves from older, traditional practices while also challenging Western models, they have gadgets which can mislead them if not properly used, the coming in of Facebook, WhatsApp even Twitter is also a disadvantage to these youngsters so parents should be on the forefront to make sure that our children are using internet in a proper manner.”