You Are What You Click

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Have you ever considered that what you click while surfing the Internet has a lot to say about who you are as a person?

One of my favorite things to do when I have a free moment is to read blogs, specifically blogs written by Muslim brothers and sisters. It is always interesting to see what is important enough for them to blog about. Beyond the usual musings my Muslim siblings have (personal lives, politics, fiqh issues and the list goes on), my favorite type of blog entry is the kind that takes something from the Qur’an and/or Sunnah, reflects upon it, and discusses how it made them change.

I read such an entry not many moments ago and I sat back admiring the Internet. Admiring all the good the Internet has to offer. Then, just as that thought nestled into my mind, I quickly realized that just as it has a fountain of good to offer, there is also a wealth of bad to be found.

It has the capability to steer your heart in two very different and opposing directions. It can be foster the good in you, or it can kindle the bad in you. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“In the body there is a piece of flesh which, if it is sound, the entire body will be sound, and if it is corrupt, the entire body will be corrupt. It is the heart.” (Al-Bukhari, 52; Muslim, 1599).

I find that there is a similitude here. Think about it – what we expose ourselves to on a frequent basis, often has a way of finding a place for itself in our hearts. Now what is something that we all utilize on a daily basis that transmits images, sounds and concepts to us?

The Internet.

Since we spend a significant amount of time browsing the Internet, it is safe to say that it is responsible for the majority of the images we see, the sounds we hear and the concepts we are exposed to.

We can’t choose what is going on in the societies we inhabit, but we definitely can make the choice about what we choose to surround ourselves with, especially when we’re meandering around on the Internet.

What we choose to browse on the Internet can often have an adverse effect on the direction our hearts will take. If we’re looking at images that we know we shouldn’t be looking at, our hearts will take a turn for the worst. If we’re listening to things we know we shouldn’t be listening to, our hearts could very well be inclined to the negative. If we’re watching things that waste our time and fills our minds with nonsense, then we should expect our hearts to be filled with nonsense and inclined to do things that waste our time. If we click something that will cause corruption in us, then do not be surprised to find that your heart has followed suit.

I believe Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef said it best when he said, “You are what you click.”

This begs us to ask ourselves, what have we been clicking?

Zainub can usually be found thawing out in front of her fireplace in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where temperatures often dip as low as -30 C. When not defrosting, she can be located in the University of Calgary library with furrowed brow, trying to understand convoluted literary theories in efforts to earn her degree in English. Zainub is fascinated by the rich tradition of Islamic literature by the likes of Ibn Battuta and Imam Al-Ghazali. She’s part of MYM because she sees the group as a humble and modern expression of the same fire that motivated these great thinkers. She also contributes articles to I Got It Covered, a website devoted to women’s modesty. In her spare time she loves to travel, practice her photography and play with her two cats Mowgli and Lola.


  1. People tend to separate what they do online from reality, so this was a really good reminder, masha’Allah.

    Personally, I think we should include Islam and the Internet on the Food Pyramid and have serving suggestions. That would be pretty cool ;)

  2. MashaAllah Zayni, this is such a keeper <3

    I feel like this is written just for me.
    jazakAllah khayr sweetheart and welcome to MYM <3

  3. nice reminder…this is really something many people forget or don’t even think about. People do sometimes get carried away on the internet looking at useless things and wasting their time. Good reflections and nicely written masha’allah!

  4. what have i been clicking…….

    finally i know who am i… jazakAllah for showing me the mirror(or showing me the ME)

    beautifully crafted article.

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