Review: “Muslim Parents and Cyberculture”

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The ever expanding cyberworld is a reality we have to learn to live with. If a couple decades ago, the World Wide Web was a welcome guest in our homes, then today we have come to realize that it can easily turn into an unwelcome intruder. Just as we educate our children about their roles and responsibilities in society, we, as Muslim parents, have to ensure that they also know the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of the internet.

The new generation was born into the world of flourishing computer technology. Today, children learn typing as easily as they learning walking and talking. Often, they quickly surpass their parents in the knowledge of computer use and the internet. Although parents may feel helpless in their attempts to protect children from the dangers of the cyberworld, there are some real and manageable steps they can take for helping their children stay safe.

“Muslim Parents and Cyberculture” offers to parents and children Islamically sound guidance for interacting with the World Wide Web. Bringing the importance of Tarbiyyah to the forefront, the book offers plenty of practical advice and discusses the oblivious dangers of the internet, interaction with various age groups, internet addiction and online privacy. Parents are recommended to set up an internet use policy for their entire family as well as work through the difficult situations, when something has gone wrong already. The concluding chapter of the book presents a brief summary of the guidelines for both parents and children, which can be used as a quick reference.

The authors of the book pray and hope that this publication will fill the void on the subject of cyberculture among the books on traditional Islamic upbringing and will contribute towards building a strong next generation of our Muslim Ummah.

(Reviewed by: Laila Brence, Senior Editor of “Hiba”)

Da’wah Books

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Amid the hustle and bustle of Khadda Market’s attractions, some novel and some trivial, there lies a small, cosy outlet. It holds treasures for the intellectual, passionate and eager readers of all ages.

Established in June 2008, Da’wah Books is an independent, non-profit initiative that aims to facilitate the propagation of authentic Islamic knowledge – that, which has a clear basis (Daleel) in the Quran and Sahih Ahadeeth. It is not affiliated with any political or religious group.

The bookstore was inspired by the last sermon (Khutbah) of Prophet Muhammad (sa), delivered on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah, 10 AH (623 AD):

“I leave behind me two things, the Quran and the Sunnah, and if you follow these, you will never go astray. All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listened to me directly.”

The vision of Da’wah Books is to collect Islamic literature from all over the world that is firmly grounded in the Quran and Sahih Ahadeeth and make it conveniently available locally. The bookstore currently stocks authentic Islamic books from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, India, UAE, UK, Canada and the USA.

Da’wah Books identifies itself as a service, rather than a business. Its caretakers strive for excellence, honesty and good Akhlaq, being conscious that they are not brand ambassadors for Da’wah Books alone, but that they represent Islam itself. They measure the success of the store not in terms of profit, but in terms of the number of people who benefit from it.

The place is not a typically over-crowded bookshop. Rather, it has a warm and comfortable environment, where one can spend time, relax and explore the selection of books. It has been identified on “karachisnob.com” as one of the must-visit bookstores in Karachi.

Da’wah Books has only one location and no other branches.

Visit Da’wah Books. Insha’Allah, you will enjoy it.

Da’wah Books can be reached at dawahbooks@gmail.com or (021) 3534-2335