Islam, Information Security, How they correlate ?

Today I woke up from a very weird dream, I was talking to a crowd about Islam, introducing it to them in a different way, I talked (in my dream) about many topics which all tend to prove the greatness of Islam and its book (Quran), some of which are already been spoken about by many people, including but not limited to the Arabic language itself, but the one that totally surprised me is Islam’s relation with Information Security concepts, and how it applies …

Islam, the most growing religion around the world in different parts of today’s world, revealed by the prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him)…

C.I.A. (not the US government department), one the of the most famous information security theories, it stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability/Authenticity (URL)…

C, stands for Confidentiality; Making sure that the desired information/data is only available to those who are entitled to access it.

I, stands for Integrity; It’s the science of making sure that the data isn’t altered and not tempered with, and being able to prove whether this data is correct or has it been altered.

A, stands for Availability; Making sure that the data/information is available to those who need to access it whenever they need to access it.

A, Also stands for Authenticity; The art of assurance that the data was created or sent by the source it appears to be from.

Confidentiality

In the Confidentiality sector, a religion CANNOT be confidential, if it’s truly for guidance, and for the good of mankind, how can it be confidential !?

Unlike other religions, where only the a small group of people hold all the keys and all the knowledge, and they only reveal to the public what they need to know, this can’t be good for a religion…

This is certainly not the case of Islam, it has never been (throughout its history) confidential, Islam is for everyone on the planet to read, learn and study carefully in its teachings, it’s not monopolized by any entity on earth, anyone who wants to learn and understand the deep internals of Islam will certainly be able to do so…

Integrity and Authenticity

Since it’s open for everyone to read and learn, how can I make sure that what I’m reading and learning it true and/or correct !?

This where the integrity part kicks in, throughout the Islamic history, methods has been evolving to verify and validate the Integrity of Hadith (the words of the Prophet himself PBUH), and identifying validity whether it’s correct, weak or false …

This is done by different means by examining every part of the Hadith…

1. Sanad, is the line of men whom have transferred this Hadith –starting from the prophet PBUH– to come to our hands, this is really important to determine how valid this Hadith can be…

Take this small example, we have four persons, A, B, C and D; A claimed that he heard B that he heard C saying that he met D and he was saying “I hate eggs”, but in fact D died 10 years before C was born, and B is known to be a liar, how on earth I’m to believe that D said “I hate eggs” !!!!

The nation of Islam have the science of studying men, in that science we study how every person in the chain of Hadith is, we learn every thing about him, and if he was good or bad, liar or not, ever did something wrong or not, and we study if he had actually meet the other guy that he said he meet or not…etc

and based on that we judge if the Hadith was narrated correctly and delivered correctly to us, there has been scholars around along the history of Islam who have spent their life time filtering things out…

This part covers that Authenticity part…

2. Matn, is the body of message between our hands, we study it deeply understand it’s meaning, and find out if it conflicts with The main source “Quran”, and study the structure of the Hadith and each word in the body and so on…

In short, we are 100% sure that Quran is the word of ALLAH, and Hadith is the one that has the teachings of the prophet (PBUH) and his companions, and we’re 100% sure they’re not mixed together…

it is not like the other religions’ books – one book has it all (word of god, word of the prophet, word of historical…and possibly some porn stories) …

Availability

Islam is available anytime anywhere, and its book Quran will be kept intact, now we believe that this book is 100% true (by means of integrity and authenticity), we surely know that Allah will keep it available throughout the entire upcoming years until the very end of days, as Allah said in this book:

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَـزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ

“We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (keep it).”

No entity on earth will be able to shutdown the sound of Islam, it’s kept available and open for everyone, by means of books, by means of scholars, by means of modern technologies such as the internet, ebooks, and all resources are exposed to the public and is (and will remain) available to everyone who wants to learn about it and wants to know the truth…

All he have to do is dig, and validate, we do already do that in much minor issues, like seeking help, looking for a definition of a word, what that term means, so it’s not really that effort that we get too lazy to do …

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2 Responses

  1. great article ya abu Mariam,

    inspirational link between religion and Technology !

    Jazak Allah khairan.

  2. Excellent article Sameh,
    I wish that every one in the world read this words and understand those beautiful meanings.

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