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The relevance of Eid for all generations, especially the young ones, is a day to celebrate happiness, joy and prosperity, especially after a full month of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. However, one needs to beware of getting addicted to technology during this period, cautions Tariq al Barwani, founder Knowledge Oman.

“Think of it as day of where families, friends and relatives meet, exchange sweets, gifts and money. As a child, I used to look forward to Eid so that I can make some money. As an adult and a parent now, I look forward to Eid so that I can share some money. This practice has never changed and continues to be the same for all past, current and, for sure, the future generations, as well.”

By ensuring that the existing generation continue to disallow technology as part of the family gathering and meet ups, one can prevent technology from invading our religious beliefs. Clearly, technology will continue to invade us, if we, as current generation, allow it to also invade our family meetings and gatherings.

“Technology is useful but is addictive too,”

he warns.

He further cautioned that, not only the youth, adults, too, should be aware that technology can be addictive and that ‘over use’ can post serious social problems, apart from health risks. “Wasting time is a result of addiction and in Islam we are clearly taught about the value of time and why we must not waste it, also how we can make use of the time wisely to increase our faith and achieve success as a result.”

He called on the youth to never be obsessed with technology (tablets, smart phones, etc) throughout the day, rather keep them in the pocket or at home, and use them only when required – like digitally connecting with those one is unable to meet physically.

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