Extracted from my FB post. Thanks to Ahmad Salik Ahmad Ishak
Takeaway #11 from Dr Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied‘s talk on “Malay Muslim Thinking – Lessons from History” at Masjid Assyafaah Darul Hadith on 16 Feb 2013
Question: The target group of Radio RIA is the Malay youths but during solat times, they do not play the azan. They also have programmes such as “Misteri Jam 12” that talk about ghost stories. Is this destroying our community and if so, what actions should be taken?
Not many of our Malay youths listen to RIA. They prefer the English radio stations. And not many of us listen to radio for azan anymore. The more dangerous influence is actually the internet. We can suggest for Radio RIA to close down but that would not make the Malays better.
Even when it comes to learning Islam, many of us today prefer to go to the internet instead of attending religious classes. The asatizahs at youtube are more interesting than those at the mosques because the religious teachers at the mosques keep on talking about the same topics such as the chapters on water and solat.
But there is a lot of bad influence in the internet. We must be careful of what our children do with the internet. Do not buy for your children an iphone unless you want to destroy them. New technology gives us a lot of freedom but it also destroys us. Our children have not learnt the meaning of freedom because they have limited knowledge. Do not become parents that always give but do not observe. If they have access to internet, they will surely go to all the negative websites and this is what we need to monitor. When our children are ready to become muslims, then they are ready to have iphones. We must protect our children from influences that corrupt their faith and identity.