A university lecturer has cautioned Muslims to be warry of the evils inherent in the use of social media.
Dr Ibrahim Jumah, who lectures at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State gave the warning at the ongoing 26th National Islamic Training Programme (NITP) taking place at Vanguard Academy, Odosengolu, near Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The don, who doubles as the Waali (Head) of the TMC in Ogun State urged delegates to explore the benefits of social media to learn, teach, inform, gather news and educational materials and ultimately to spread the message of Islam.
He spoke on the topic: “Social Media: Benefits and Threats” during the general session of the NITP.
He observed that social media, which include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Telegram and WhatsApp among others, were indispensable dawah tools that are faster in disseminating information, communication and connecting people all over the world.
He said that social media could also be explored for business promotion, product and viral marketing as well as scholarship opportunities, educational advancement and mobilisation of people.
However, he warned against online fraud, pornography, unIslamic sites and against taking religious rulings (fatwa) online.
Jumah equally cautioned against spreading fake news, stressing that they should always verify the veracity of every news and other social media content before embarking on sharing them.
The lecture also admonished parents to expose their children to social media, while emphasising that they should readily guide and monitor them so that they will not go astray and neither fall victims of online evil.
By AbdulMojeed Adebayo