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“A vice is a practice, behaviour, or habit generally considered immoral, sinful, criminal, rude, taboo, depraved, degrading, deviant or perverted in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can refer to a fault, a negative character trait, a defect, an infirmity, or a bad or unhealthy habit. Vices are usually associated with a transgression in a person’s character or temperament rather than their morality.” Wikipedia
The greatest gateway to vice in modern times is the very device you hold in your hand and by which you read this piece.
The screen upon which we stare for hour upon hour each day opens a doorway to witnessing unlimited goodness and beauty indeed…. but it also comes amidst a plethora of unlimited filth, futility and immorality.
All of which our eyes and hearts absorb and can lead to great desensitisation, darkening of the soul and pollution to one’s mind, heart and entire being.
So what to do about these implications? Are we left with no choice but to mindlessly consume and thoughtlessly expose ourselves to all types of content?
Where the godless demonstrate to us their ways and their ideas, their behaviours and their antics until we unbeknowingly begin to mimic and emulate their mantras and acts, their dances and traps?
Ever so slowly pulling us away from our innate identities, our innate purity and innocence, our innate God-seeking spirit until we are so deeply entrenched in the worldly that we forget.
We forget who we are, we forget where we came from, we forget why we are here and we forget Who we belong to.
Whilst the content we consume starts to dictate our identities, our thoughts, our wants and aims ultimately directing us to other than God Himself.
As the ways of the world suck us in and spit us out, we are left as hollow anxious shells of who we once were at birth, and of who and what we were meant to become as righteous vicegerents and leaders on earth.
With every ‘Follow’ we tap, we follow poisonous snakes down into their reptilian holes, into the darkness, within which there is no guarantee of escape.
We have access to all forms of lust, desire, envy, ostentation, greed, gluttony, wrath, sloth and more at our very fingertips at all hours.
We must learn to identify the darkness, the holes and traps and avoid them at all costs. Rather than filtering your images, filter your feeds so that they are spiritually aesthetic as possible.
The greatest vice of our times is this device. So de-vice yourself as much as you can.
“You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also…” Prophet Muhammad SAW