The most important points stated by the Supreme Religious Authority in the second sermon of Friday prayer

The supreme religious authority stated in the second sermon of Friday prayer of the 6th of Sha'ban 1440 AH corresponding to April 12, 2019, which was held in the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and led by his eminence Sheikh Abd al-Mahdi al-Karbala'i, important moral and educational points in relation to our reality, such as:

  • - Among the graces of the Lord on us in the current time, is the good services people now use to facilitate their lives in an incredible speed, large capacity of publication and acquaint others with the various human sciences and knowledge, as well as the rapid way to exchange ideas and opinions; namely internet.
  • - The social media started to predominate over the rest of the traditional means. And so it is natural to be accompanied by a lot of problems and social, cultural and psychological risks, which turn this grace into a curse if it is not framed by religious, moral and ethical norms through which we can use properly and benefit from these systems.
  • - It is necessary to define the specific norms that ensures the moral, cultural, social and also the national security. Which are:
  • - First: One should not share whatever they think is good on social media, and before sharing a material, one should think and meditate if that material offends or pauses a threat to a person, a tribe, a community, or a religion.
  • - The rational, conscious and religious person must think and ask before sharing, if his post is a true or wrong, will it be hurting anyone, is it for the good or will it be a source of sedition and hatred?
  • - One has to put what he wants to share on the scale of reason, ethics and human conscience. As with one click, your post can reach millions.
  • - A pen is like a bullet that has missed its target, which might hurt others.
  • - Second: Making certain of any material before sharing it with other people on social media, as internet is full of fictitious and anonymous sources used by the misguided, ignorant or corrupt people.
  • - We must be certain of the material before sharing it, so I do not participate in such lies.
  • - Third: To not harm other with the material publication, for there are those who disclose people’s privacy.
  • - We should not be oblivious and disclose people's private secrets, especially women’s private secrets, some of which are dangerous, if they are disclosed, because they concern women’s honor—and disclosing them threatens men’s and women’s reputation to the extent that it may lead to bloodshed.
  • - The perilous use of social media in terms of exercising social obloquy
  • - Lies and deceptions – if used to defame an entity on social media – reach a large number of people, and they are able to make gullible people believe them
  • - The defamers also attempt to underestimate the intellectual leaders (clerics) and isolate the society from them by causing them to lose their social values and significance.
  • - The narrations stress on the important of facing and confronting the people of innovation in religions and misguidance by clear evidence that show their stupidity and confusion.
  • - The slander and obloquy are not a legitimate means in intellectual and doctrinal discussions, rather it is necessary to confront with evidence and argument.
  • - A true Muslim is the one from whose hand and tongue other Muslims are safe.
  • - Fourth: Do not turn the social media pages to pages of insulting others, profanity, obscenity and dissemination of corruption and obscene qualities.
  • - The negative use of the social media can lead to the phenomenon of e-bullying.
  • - Do no give the excuse to those who have diabolical motives to exploit your privacy to publish them, which leads to great harm to you socially and morally.
  • - Be aware of such satanic intentions and be careful to protect your psychological and social stability.
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