I do not want to get into the details regarding the demands made by the Muslim community and the replies of the YouTube authorities oto it, but I’d really want to assert how beneficial YouTube has been for Muslims and Islam.
Apart from the trailer of that idiotic movie, YouTube showcases thousands of videos about the Islamic debates, Quranic Tilawat, translation of Quran, Hadith, Naats, Hamds. And to be very frank I mostly use YouTube mostly in Ramazan and Muharrarm for different kind of Islamic debates and Majalis concerning the shariat and tareeqat. This is because I consider it to be the most easily accessible website on the internet and it also gives me opportunity to share something interesting with my friends and family. Is there any other website apart from YouTube that has a bigger collection of Islamic material?
We often share an interesting argument of Dr. Zakir Nayk through YouTube. Being sure of his vast knowledge of all religions his eloquence has led to countless conversions and don’t we proudly share those clips on our facebooks over and over again. Do we realize what we are doing? We are all spreading the very message of Islam through facebook and YouTube, and both of those websites are owned by non-Muslims. The Muslim community must also be thankful for the tolerance that YouTube shows when we upload and access our religious material on their website.
The owner of YouTube is not a Muslim but his website is serving Muslims and is helping Islam at many instances.We all know that YouTube is accessible all over the world and which is why it is an excellent platform for us to communicate with the world and make our contribution in spreading the message of Islam which our youth is doing so. We cannot deny that every day when we login to facebook we see an interesting saying of the Prophet (PBUH) or an interesting video posted by one of our friend.
If someday someone also stands up and say that so and so Muslim has uploaded a video in which somehow is a mockery of his religion, then should there be an uproar to remove all religious videos form it. Banning YouTube, we will lose more than gain anything But the same owner or management of YouTube allows us and gives us the freedom to upload anything we want. Did we ever think about that?How can we miss this perspective?
Now let us see, it’s been almost two weeks that YouTube is not working in Pakistan and there are thousands of things that we cannot share because we cannot access YouTube, we also cannot see our own religious debates, political debates, and it is very hard to find them elsewhere but still we do not realize that apart from the bad there is a lot some good that YouTube does to us.