Social media continues to create massive degeneracy in the Muslim world.
Bangladesh has begun surveillance on people using the TikTok video-sharing platform after security forces busted a trafficking gang that lured girls into the sex trade in neighboring India using the app, an official said.
“A large number of TikTok users suspected of being involved in criminal activities are under close watch,” ANM Imran Khan, spokesman for the crime-fighting Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), said on Wednesday.
The damage social media applications have caused to our Muslim Ummah is devastating. Many Muslim women have been largely affected by it, posting their photos and videos, thereby putting themselves in wanton display.
Now it’s leading to sex trafficking!
وَقَرۡنَ فِىۡ بُيُوۡتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَـرَّجۡنَ تَبَرُّجَ الۡجَاهِلِيَّةِ الۡاُوۡلٰ
And stay in your homes and do not go about displaying your allurements as in the former Time of Ignorance. Surah Al-Ahzab (33:33)
Allah سبحانه وتعالى mentions in the Quran warning the women to stay in their homes and not displaying their adornments like in the time of Jahiliyyah.
But in today’s age of social media, Muslim women are posting photos and videos of themselves on many apps and sites such as Tiktok, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. This crosses and contradicts the boundaries set by Allah سبحانه وتعالى for women.
The monitoring began after eleven members of a suspected transnational gang were arrested for allegedly trafficking women and young girls to the neighboring country using the application.
The traffickers used the app to trap girls by offering to make them TikTok models, and eventually smuggling them to the Indian sex trade in the name of better jobs there, Khan said.
Muslim parents need to be aware of the content consumed by their children via social media apps or sites used by them. Children who are merely 8-10 years old are posting on social media sites, and some are being lured by predators. Many Muslim youths wish to become famous on Instagram and TikTok after being influenced by celebrities on such apps. This pursuit of fame often leads to haram, such as posting dancing videos or videos in which women do not observe proper Islamic hijab.
Not only this but also it leads to talking to the opposite gender in private, which can lead to horrific problems in form of “sexting” and may even lead to zina in some cases.
The flirting that takes place between genders can lead to infatuation, and this has been strictly prohibited by Allah سبحانه وتعالى in the Quran.
يٰنِسَآءَ النَّبِىِّ لَسۡتُنَّ كَاَحَدٍ مِّنَ النِّسَآءِ اِنِ اتَّقَيۡتُنَّ فَلَا تَخۡضَعۡنَ بِالۡقَوۡلِ فَيَـطۡمَعَ الَّذِىۡ فِىۡ قَلۡبِهٖ مَرَضٌ وَّقُلۡنَ قَوۡلًا مَّعۡرُوۡفًا
“Wives of the Prophet, you are not like other women. If you fear Allah, do not be too complaisant in your speech lest those with diseased hearts should covet you; but speak straightforwardly.” Surah Al-Ahzab (33:32)
And with regards to being with women in seclusion Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“And no one of you should be alone with a woman for the Shaitan will be the third one present.”
(Sahih al-Bukhari 3673)
The question which needs to be raised here is, why are these social media platforms, which are a hub of fahisha and immodesty, allowed to operate unrestrictedly in Muslim nations worldwide.
The likes of TikTok, Instagram, or Snapchat are generating a great amount of revenue from Muslim countries. These Western corporations have not only been profiting from Muslims, but they have influenced the Muslim nations for the worse, be it through standards of immodest clothing or their liberal, secular education standards or through ideologies such as modernism, progressivism, feminism, etc.
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This has led to the point where the human traffickers are trafficking young girls and Muslim women from their own Muslim nations and sending them to a non-Muslim country for sex trading. Allah’s refuge is sought from such cases.
Rather than ban or restrict social media, Bangladesh’s government is increasing surveillance. But their purpose for this is not to protect Muslims.
Not surprisingly, the government has no problem banning websites that pose a problem to their power and wealth.
Bangladesh authorities are blocking access to online news sites in violation of the right to free speech and access to information, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has also adopted advanced methods to block or conduct surveillance on internet traffic and regulate online news sites without a sufficient legal framework to protect rights to privacy, expression, and access to information.
On December 29, 2019, access to the Sweden-based investigative journalism website Netra News was blocked within Bangladesh after it published a report alleging corruption by Obaidul Quader, an influential party leader and a minister in the Awami League government. Bangladesh authorities have previously blocked access to international news sites like Al Jazeera and The Wire for publishing articles that criticized the government. They have also arbitrarily blocked Bangladeshi news websites.
“The Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh continues its march toward authoritarianism, willing only to allow praise, and shutting down criticism,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “These restrictions disregard the basic principles of free expression and suggest that the government has plenty to hide.”
It seems that the present government in Bangladesh is allowing the use of these social media applications for their surveillance over the people there and to make sure that nobody speaks against this fascist regime.
Protests then spread to other parts of the country and a hardline Islamist group, Hefazat-e-Islam, called for a nationwide shut down on 28 March to protest the attacks on those who held rallies against Mr. Modi’s visit.
“Madrassa students holding processions were attacked by security forces and supporters of the [governing] Awami League. That led to the conflict. But there was no need to open fire on unarmed people,” Dr. Ahmed Abdul Qader, vice chairman of the Hefazat, told the BBC.
Earlier this year when the members of the Hefazat -e- Islam group stood up against the visit of one of the most anti-Islamic leaders in the global world, they were beaten, put behind bars, and many people were killed by the same Awami League party in power. Many of the Ulama, Imams, and Maulanas are still in jail and being tortured by them.
Their madrasas have been shut down and some masajids have been closed. Even offering Friday prayers has become an issue for the average Muslim for the fear of being labeled as an extremist or fanatic, which may lead to prison. It is in the interests of surveillance that the government allows such unrestricted use of social media, which continues to corrupt a generation.
The Bangladeshi government does not care about how deeply Islamic values are being attacked in the nation and how the youth of the nation are being led to destruction.