Friday, December 12, 2014
Answered by Sheikh Abu ‘Amr Abdul Kareem Al Hajooree حفظه الله of Yemen
Question: There is a website called Facebook which has become well known and is widely used all over the world. On this website every person has their own page where they can write in and post their pictures. Through the use of this website, men and women are able to look at one another’s pictures and they often meet up through this website. Furthermore, it has also been mentioned in some of the newspapers and news reports that cases of kidnap, adultery and fornication have directly increased because of this website. Now some of Ahl us-sunnah have started to use this website in the name of Da’wah. So, is it permissible for us to utilize this website whilst knowing all of what has been mentioned?
Our Lord The Most High says in His Noble Book,
وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّوا كِرَامًا
'And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity.'
And from the meanings of to witness is to take part in or to be present for. Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى says,
“So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadhan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month.”
- Meaning is whoever is present for and takes part in (that month).
So it is NOT permissible for any Muslim who fears Allaah to use this website and partake of it. This is especially due to what has been mentioned from the corruption and widespread evil which is present within it from pictures and the meeting of women as well as that which takes place because of this website from illegal sexual intercourse and kidnappings and other than that from the crimes which occur.