How God Almighty Changes the World by Changing Technology – and by Changing the Way Humans Communicate!
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time!
Taking the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It --
And which One Does Not?)
For a long time, I was reluctant to use Facebook and other Social Media for our work: Working for Allah.
This reluctance was driven, not by any fear of new technology, but at least in part keeping in mind the nature of our work.
That is because our approach to our work was not based on helter-skelter free-for-all messaging of the kind that abounds in today’s media, especially the digital media, but on seriously researched and carefully thought-out ideas and facts painstakingly written, spoken and communicated.
We are guided and driven in our communication efforts by the Aayat of the Qur’an that says:
Maa Yalfizu Min Qawulin Illa Laday’ihi Raqeebun 'Ateed!
“Not a word does he utter except in the presence of an ever-ready and ever-watchful observer.”
But things are changing so fast that our thinking and our Working for Allah need to keep pace with the rapidly changing Allah's world – communication technology included.
Over the past ten years, not only has technology undergone drastic changes, but also people have changed in most remarkable ways.
Fundamental alterations seem to be taking place in the way people read, write and process information. People's attention span is becoming shorter by the day. And their ability to wrap their brains around complex ideas and arguments seems to be diminishing.
As a result, messaging on the part of those Working for Allah needs to resonate with these changes.
Miniaturization technology has landed a cell phone in the hands of everyone in practically every part of the world. Today, everyone everywhere holds the world in the palm of their hand. Humanity has become Cell-Phone Dependent and Cell-Phone Driven.
And that is where and that is how – using the Cell Phones in the palm of their hands – that people access news and information and other matters of personal importance and interest these days.
Cell Phones are humanity’s watering holes in our time.
So, those who want to say something -- anything: whether it is about God or about God's creation -- need to learn to say it using the platforms that fuel people's use of new technology: namely, Cell-Phones.
Smart Phones, as they call them. These are phones that carry a computer in their belly in miniature form – along with all kinds of other communication devices such as still and video cameras, voice/tape recorders, “juke boxes,” you name it.
And that means, ordinarily speaking, right now at least, those Working for Allah must seriously consider things like Facebook and Twitter for their communication and messaging purposes – among all the madness that is out there from Instagram to Pinterest to everything else that passes for Social Media.
In future, very near future that is, those Working for Allah may need to develop their own specialized Apps uniquely suited for their purposes and for the nature of their work.
Fortunately, we have been ahead of this technology curve as we developed the Quote-Unquote Methodology as a specialized tool to serve our unique communication needs – and did so, I believe, at least over the past decade now.
These past 10 years – that is when most of these rapid-fire technological changes have taken place in the way human beings around the world communicate. And these past 10 years, more or less, is also the period when our own messaging for Allah incorporated this new Quote-Unquote Methodology.
Who says Allah does not help those who come forward to help him?
In Tansurullaha Yansurkum, is how Allah puts it in the Qur'an.
"You help Allah, he helps you!"
How much plainer – or simpler – does it get?
The thing to know about Allah's help is that it is there even before you need it – and in proportions and measures way, way beyond what you think you would ever require.
If you thought all the modern messaging owes its design to modern technology, you did not read your Qur'an. The words of the Qur'an – Laa Ilaaha Illaa Allah – were designed in Eternity, before the creation of Time, and they are an Eternity ahead of any model of concise writing and communication that Twitter or any of its present or future clones can give you.
Twitter has a character limit of 140. The Kalimah Tayyibah (Laa Ilaaha Illaa Allah) in the Qur'an comes way below that. And it makes no difference whether you write it in English or in original Divine Arabic.
So, if you want to get carried away and claim that the Qur'an jump-started Twitter, and all technology of its kind, you probably will not be wrong.
Is this a miracle? To me everything in and about the Qur'an is a miracle. And right here, you have an example of it.
How about the other part of Kalimah Tayyibah that is also part of the divine words of the Qur'an: Muhammad Rasul Allah?
How many characters is that – counting spaces and all?
Is all this part of Allah's design to help the children of Adam – Banee Aadam – down the ages with their ever-changing communication needs and behavior?
Well, if it is not obvious to you, I don't know what to say. What do you think the following words of the Qur’an mean?
Wa Lakum Fil Ardi Mustaqarrun wa Mataa-un Ilaa Heen.
“The earth has been equipped with all you need.”
And everything about the Qur’an is not only about the past and the present, but also about the future.
Miracles at every turn and miracles on every count! That is what the Qur’an is all about.
Read Surah Al-Ikhlas and tell me anyone anywhere can ever design more powerful or more perfect Tweets than that:
Qul Huwallahu Ahad!
Folks, this is God you are talking about.
Twitter is a communication tool devised by a bunch of Tech-Savvy slaves of God Almighty in the 21st Century of time whose origin is pegged at the speculated birth of God’s Prophet Jesus, Alaihis Salam.
And God’s own speech in the Qur’an is perfectly suited for Twitter in our time, just as it was for the speech patterns and propensities of the illiterate children of the desert sands of Arabia 1400 years before the advent of Twitter on the stage of human existence and civilization.
And during all the period in between. And forever thereafter.
If you understand me, this is the very definition of the word miracle. You consider it in your mind, you declare it impossible. But then you open your eyes and look, and it is right there staring you in the face. What you thought could never happen, has happened.
So, Ilm – knowledge – is from Allah. Technology is an off-growth of knowledge pushed along certain specified applied dimensions.
If you read the Qur’an, you will see that – like all things in his creation – Allah also holds monopoly on knowledge. Qur’an is as clear and forthright on the subject as possible.
Allamal Insaana Maa Lam Ya’lam!
It was God Almighty that taught the human being everything that the human being did not know.
And God Almighty pressed into service all kinds of tools and technology of knowledge and communication in order to do that, even though things happen just by his Say-So or Kun Fa Yakoon:
Alladhee Allama Bil-Qalam.
“God Almighty … the one who imparted knowledge using the instrumentality of the pen.”
And what is a “pen” if not the cutting-edge communication technology that dominated the human horizon for thousands of years before the world went digital?
Is there any limit then to what human beings can learn, know or invent? The matter was decided at the dawn of time.
Read the Qur’an again:
Wa Allama Aadamal Asmaa-a Kullahaa!
When God set about teaching Adam, there was not a thing that was left out.
So much so that even angels had no clue what many of those things were that this new-kid-on-the-block Adam was taught by God Almighty?
And, after all this, is there a limit to the miracles in the Qur’an?