‘Apply Maqasid Syariah principles in social media use’

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THE principles and ethics related to the use of social media must be benchmarked according to the five keys of ‘Maqasid Syariah’ (noble objectives of Islamic Law), said Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali’s (UNISSA) Director of Technology and Multimedia Centre yesterday.

The five main goals under the Maqasid Syariah refer to protecting and preserving faith, life, intellect, posterity and wealth which the Islamic law is prescribed to achieve and accomplish.

Dr Adam Hj Jait said social media users need to know and apply principles and ethics in their social media use in order not to violate the restrictions established, and to practise amal ma’ruf nahi mungkar (carrying out righteous deeds and abstaining from vices).

Dr Adam said this in an interview on the sidelines of the second day of Knowledge Convention at the International Convention Centre.

The lecturer also touched on the social and development responsibilities that lie with ethical use of social media.

“We are obligated to ensure that any information disseminated is verified in terms of its accuracy, source as well as appropriateness. We must also act within the prescribed law and avoid disseminating messages that can be detrimental to the society and country,” he said. Meanwhile in terms of development, Dr Adam said social media plays a role in supporting the country’s development efforts in line with the government’s policies.

He added, “Individuals involved/engaged in media communication should be given the freedom to receive any information within the limits of the law and they in turn need be responsible for the information. The government also has the right to intervene in any media communication organisations to ensure that the development of society and the country are run smoothly”.

In order to instil ethics in the use of social media, Dr Adam raised the need for a civic curriculum touching on social media.

Social media can also be use to shape and develop a community that possess good values, he said.

“There is a need to expose social media ethics and principle early in one’s education so as to avoid misusing social media (for other than its intended purposes),” he said.

He called on relevant organisations to step up social media awareness campaign.

“The campaign will work on shaping the participants’ ‘sahsiah’ (personality) and instil good and positive values particularly in their use of social media.”

Communities also need to have the self-discipline and resilience to adapt to the changing life style brought about by social media which can lead to positive as well as negative impacts, he said.

“We, as members of the community need to make sure that our use of social media is balanced, and does not lead to exploitation or misuse of social media in the community,” he added.

The Brunei Times