Muslims should stop apocalyptifying the metaverse and just jump right into it. Here is why!

Metaverse: A race we must win

The metaverse is a fictitious version of the internet that allows users to access permanent online 3-D virtual environments using traditional personal computers as well as virtual and augmented reality headgear. Metaverses are already existent in some form on platforms such as VRChat or video games like Second Life. Since Facebook bought virtual reality company Oculus in 2014 and announced intentions to construct a 3-D social environment to connect various services, business and commercial interest in metaverse-related research and technology have exploded. It has continued to make headlines since Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp’s parent company to Meta last month in an attempt to usher in a new era of the internet.

There have been lots of controversies with regards to a lot of inventions that came in the past such as the television, internet, mobile phones, computers and various other gadgets that have revolutionised the way we practically approach and tackle certain issues and have without a shred of doubt, left a huge imprint on our social dynamics and have eased communications and made us become closer than ever to our loved ones. They too have had their fair share of dystopic portrayal which has led to a very sceptical approach by scholars before which has further isolated the Muslim populace.

But to further add to the issue, the scholars are not to be blamed in the first place since it were the laymen with their skewered conception of Islam and absolutist perspective of morals that has led to scholars having an overly pessimistic approach in the first place as a result of which, many scholars exist in fringe areas that still maintain the view that these technologies are still haram to this very day. There is also this culture of measuring piety through aversion to adopting new technologies which are very predominant in the subcontinent and the Middle East. They avoid purchasing smartphones and make use of the early Nokia button phones instead.

In order to fight the dangers that we perceive with regards to the metaverse, it is incumbent upon us that we try to address the issues without trying to restrict progress into this field without portraying the metaverse as an invention that is going to be instrumental in bringing about the arrival of dajjal. Here is an article on how Muslims have adopted the customs of uneducated Christians by awaiting the arrival of the Mahdi and giving in to a lack of hope.

In essence, Muslims have a very sceptical approach towards new technologies. Although this is justified to a certain extent, a lot of the pessimism is extremely unreasonable and is bound to hinder our progress technologically and is going to further weaken us on the world stage. Just as the internet has its large share of immoralities, it can also be used as a force for good and spreading the truth. The metaverse is no exception to this and if we try to avoid the inevitable, we will only make things worse for ourselves. If we do not make efforts towards storming into this new era, we are only going to hand over the monopoly to the forces of evil.

3 thoughts on “Muslims should stop apocalyptifying the metaverse and just jump right into it. Here is why!

  1. this is so wrong, with the meta verse. 1. people are already so addicted to technology and the meta verse is going to make it worse. 2. everything in the meta verse can be tracked. 3. do you think theyll allow a virtual khutbah on the haram of the LGBT movement? 4. it pushes people into bubbles who dont socialise with the people around them 5. it destroys the family uni. 6. it will feel like popcorn information that lasts for 30 seconds in your head, while you spend hours doing something 7. it will feed into peoples desires such as pornography and transgenderism (eg being a realistic female looking person when your a man). 8. it is a part of transhumanism 9. its just the elites way of controlling us. 10. the meta verse will squeeze money out of you on meaningless digital items, and by having advertisements everywhere

    1. Salam, all your concerns are valid and these are things to try and fight against. However if we don’t try to use the metaverse for good then many Muslims using it will only see the haram content you talk about. We need to ensure that there is room for the Muslims going into the metaverse to have a halal place where they enjoy the benefits without delving in haram.

      Just like how the internet has Muslim websites and forums to make a better online experience for Muslims the same should be in the metaverse

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