The screen. It was, at one time, only found in cinemas but now it has sneaked into our homes and then made its way to our pockets or purses and ultimately found its way to our hearts.
If you think the story of the screen’s journey ends there then you are wrong.
The screen has now crept into the Masjid, the Sacred House of Allah, as well – thanks to some brothers who cannot part with their smartphones.
Isn’t it wise and prudent that you leave your phones at home, in the office or in your car when you come to communicate with Allah, our Master?
You know that sometimes you must carry currency notes in your pockets when you come to the Masjid. However, you never count these notes in the Masjid unless circumstances force you to do so. You do not even take them out from your pockets. The reason is simple. You know that you are in the House of Allah and the currency notes are things that connect you to Duniya.
In the same manner, the smartphone is an instrument that connects you to Duniya and as such you should either come to the Masjid without your smartphone or you switch it off when you are in the vicinity of the Masjid.
Some of you might argue that your mobile phones are loaded with the text of the Qur’ān and you need to recite it when you are in Masjid.
When you come to the Masjid then you have two options – you can either recite the Qur’an from your mobile phone or you can use a hard copy of the Qur’ān available in almost all Masājid. Apparently, there is nothing wrong with reciting Allah’s Book from the smartphone. However, you have to remember that the smartphone is a multipurpose tool. While it may have the entire Qur’ān and other religious material loaded in it, it may also contain a lot of stuff that links you to the outside world or that is not suitable for the Masjid. Chances are that you might accidentally expose pictures or videos of animated objects while searching for the Qur’ān. Some of the audios and videos also contain music. Then there are some mobile phones that have ringtones that are not suitable for the Masjid and their sound can disrupt the sanctity of the House of Allah.
When you go somewhere and you want to drink water which glass would you prefer: a glass that is used for drinking water alone or the one that is used for drinking, besides water, all types of liquids and juices including the ones which are not agreeable to your taste buds or cannot be classified as 100% halāl?
In the similar manner, decide for yourself what means you want to use to recite Allah’s Kitāb while in the Masjid: the one which contains the Qur’ān alone or the one that contains the Qur’ān plus all types of worldly stuff.
Let us pray that Allah guides you to take the right decision.
And Allah Most High knows best.