The Amir (president) of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos Area Unit, Dr. Saheed Ashafa on Sunday raised an alarm that social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram are greatly affecting the spiritual lives of Muslims across the country.
Ashafa, who spoke during the final of the 15th edition of Lagos Qur’an Competition organized by Lagos MSSN in honour of late Alhaji (Dr) AbdulLateef Adegbite, pioneer president of the MSSN who died about 6 years ago, complained that “social media platforms was affecting the spiritual lives of Muslims”.
Ashafa, in his remarks, said, “It is crystal clear to everyone that Muslim youths are far away from the Book of Allah and this is not far-fetched from the influence of modern technologies and social media.
“Muslims generally have now made phones and other gadgets companions at the expense of the Glorious Qur’an.
“Social media and the likes have made Muslim youths relegate the Qur’an recitation and memorization the last thing to remember in their daily routine.
“The way our predecessors had handled and related with the Qur’an is the same way Muslims of today are relating with our phones and gadgets and thus moving away from the creator.”
Ashafa explained that the programme was aimed at promoting spirituality, morality and memorization skills as he congratulated the 18 reciters who emerged winners in various categories of the competition.
He said, “In the keenly contested competition, the reciters were tested on memorization, pronunciation, voice sonority, composition and dressing. When the winners were announced, there was jubilation among the spectators and participants, the majority of whom came with their parents.”