March 28, 2011

Muslims embrace technology to spread Islam’s message


by Jan Harris

The first ever Imam-e-Haram to visit India encouraged followers of the faith to use technology to spread its message, during his visit.

Sheikh Abdul Rehman Sudais, the grand imam of Masjid-al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, attended India’s Azmat-e-Sahaba conference in Delhi.

In a 30-minute speech, the Imam encouraged Muslims to use the Internet and electronic media to spread the message of Islam across the world.

He also said that the Muslim community could only progress through modern education and called for religious leaders to deliver a message of peace to help end violence.

The conference was held at the Ramlila Grounds and was organised by Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind.

Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the use of technology.

In his World Day Communications Message the Pope warned that Catholics should exercise caution when using electronic media, and to be mindful of their behaviour and how they delivered their message.

He said: “The new technologies allow people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and of their own culture, creating in this way an entirely new world of potential friendships.

“This is a great opportunity, but it also requires greater attention to and awareness of possible risks.”

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