Alhamdulillah. All praise belongs only to Allah SWT. May Allah the All-Knowing of all the hearts, classify us as people who are sincere in charity. Because only sincere people will get the pleasure of Allah SWT. Prayers and greetings, may always be addressed to the Prophet Muhammad.
There are people who say that today is a postmodern era characterized by an abundance of information. In the past, information was obtained from parents or from the teacher, so now information can be easily obtained. Even information can just come into our hands through our cellphones. Any information we can get just by moving a little of our fingers. Progress in information technology must be a gift from Allah SWT.
Today, a child can be much smarter than a parent or teacher. Why? Because children today, are more familiar with communication devices and information technology. Likewise with adults, it will be very easy to get information. Even learning a science can be very easy.
However, this progress still has bad potential if we are not wise to react. Moreover, the ease of information has made it difficult for us to distinguish, which information is true and which is not true, which is honest and which is false. It has not been coupled with the fondness of today's people who spread the news to each other even though it cannot be ascertained the truth.
It is very important for us to be able to adapt to this rapid progress. We need to have the ability to operate communication and information devices such as smart phones. And, at the same time we also need to train ourselves to activate filters in our minds so that we don't easily believe the information that comes. Train yourself to always seek the truth from information, especially if we intend to spread it again.
Allah SWT said, "O ye who believe, if come to you the wicked bring a message, then examine it carefully so that you do not bring a disaster to a people without knowing the circumstances that cause you to regret your actions." (QS. Al Hujurot: 6)
From this noble verse we can learn about the importance of tabayyun culture or clarification. Ensure the truth of a news in accordance with our capacity. Correct information will benefit us and more people. Conversely, misinformation will not provide benefits, instead it can bring in a larger madhorot. Hopefully we are including people who are wise in responding to information. Aamiin
By: KH. Abdullah Gymnastiar