- Faith Associates has created an online guide that will enhance the understanding of a Muslim’s rights and behavioural responsibilities in the online world in accordance with their faith.
- The guide was produced with the support of Google.org and ISD as part of Google’s £1 million innovation fund to counter hate and extremism in the UK.
- There will also be an animated version of the guide aimed at a younger audience that can be shared on social media.
Faith Associates, a non-theological consultancy group specialising in mosque management advisory and Imam training services, has created an online guide that will enhance the understanding of a Muslim’s rights and behavioural responsibilities in the online world. The guide will remind Muslims of their Islamic responsibilities when online. In doing so, the hope is that they can impact the online world as model citizens of the internet.
The guide, also available as animated form, has been developed with the support of
Google.org’s innovation fund administered by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) to counter hate and extremism in the UK. The fund supports innovative projects, online and offline, that seek to disrupt, undermine, counter, or provide positive alternatives to hate and extremism.
The ‘Muslim Digital Citizens Guide’ project undertakes research to frame a narrative that establishes the rights and responsibilities of being a Muslim Citizen in the digital space. Through ImamsOnline.com network, the project has brought together a group of representatives from the main branches of the Islamic faith to create a toolkit focused on digital safety and citizenship.
This is comprised of five core values that cover the main principles of responsibilities and behaviour from an Islamic perspective. These five values are; Respect, Patience, Honesty, Kindness and Excellence. The aim is to support Imams, scholars and teachers in Mosques, Madrassah and Islamic centres, colleges and schools and those engaging with congregations and learners online.
“We are proud to officially launch the Muslim Digital Citizens Guide supported by Google and ISD, a unique guide that helps to develops an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Muslims in the online world”
“Contextualizing the Islamic faith within the fast moving online world is a debate many people are grappling with and we wanted to help to frame the narrative to support young Muslims in their digital journey”
“This guide has started a discourse on the subject of digital citizenship and its increased importance. The hope is that the guide helps to close the gap, which can sometimes exist between faith and online culture reinforcing a stronger sense of identity and helps to develop a new age of model digital citizens.”
Spokesperson from Institute of Strategic Dialogue said:
“In 2018 Google.org and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue partnered to deliver a £1 million Innovation Fund to Counter Hate and Extremism in the UK. Over 230 UK-based organisations responded, and the fund has now supported 22 new and exciting local and national initiatives including new educational approaches, unique community projects and cutting edge technologies, laying the foundations for a more effective, innovative, and cohesive civil society response to hate and extremism in the future.”
Imam Qari Asim MBE, Chair of Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board
(MINAB) and Senior Editor of ImamsOnline.com, said:
“Being part of the consultations to develop the Muslim Digital Citizens Guide has been refreshing. This guide is the first of its kind in developing a discourse around digital citizenship of Muslims. Many internet users often forget that the online world is now part of our real world; it has become an extension of our lives, it’s therefore important to appreciate the etiquettes of Internet usage and observe behaviours online which are mindful of other citizens’ rights.”
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