For capacity building, Ayo-Adeyemi launches Islam Do It Yourself
The need for Muslims to explore the Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities especially Internet as tool for self-development knowledge and skill wise has been stressed as the founder of Islamic Mission Organisation (I.M.O. International), Tola Ayo-Adeyemi, launches a blog tagged: Islam DIY.
The Muslim cleric in a statement made available to The Guardian, said: “I have chosen to start this blog as a means of reaching the next generation, and In sha Allah help nurture anyone who reads it, to acquire knowledge about Islam, but more importantly motivate regular every-day Muslims to propagate Islam through preaching, teaching and writing.
He berated a situation whereby Muslims rely on certain personalities to help them solve certain problems, or do certain prayers adding that the Islam DIY blog would help develop in the average Muslim the ethic of self-sufficiency in the practice of Islam.
The blog will champion the idea that an average Muslim can and must seek out the knowledge and expertise not only to be a fully practicing Muslim, but to teach and propagate Islam,” he said.
The acronym – DIY – according to Wikipedia “refers to the ethic of self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert… the DIY ethic promotes the idea that anyone is capable of performing a variety of tasks rather than relying on paid specialists.”
He therefore said DIY ethic requires that the adherent seek out the knowledge required to complete a given task…DIY champions the average individual seeking such knowledge and expertise.
Central to the ethic is the empowerment of individuals and communities, encouraging the employment of alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles to achieving their objectives.
Ayo-Adeyemi added that: “By applying the DIY ethic of self sufficiency in the practice of Islam, our thirst for knowledge must be broadened beyond inherited or acquired cultural understanding.
How lucky then are we, the internet and the information explosion it brings has finally made it possible to fulfil the saying of the Prophet (SAW) on knowledge seeking.
He explained further: “I will conclude this maiden blog post with a note of caution to those who will jump to conclusions that relying on the Internet ISLAM DIY (Do It Yourself) means Muslims should do away with Islamic scholars.
To attain the level of knowledge and expertise not only to be a fully practicing Muslim but to teach and propagate Islam, my brother and sister in Islam you will need a guide with solid knowledge of Islamic doctrine and law, who is able to answer most of your questions and able to direct you to other good sources of knowledge.”
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