Advice To Those Who Visit Chat Rooms: Whether To Read Or To Join In?
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
now a large number of chat sites and there are many
people who participate in them. What advice can you
give to those who visit chat rooms, whether to read or
to join in?
Praise be to Allaah.
Yes, there are indeed many chat rooms on the Internet,
and many people who visit them. There follow some
points of advice for those who read them and those who
write on them.
- Sincerity towards Allaah. Every person will die and
what he writes during his lifetime will remain. So
strive not to write anything except things that you
will be pleased to see on the Day of Resurrection.
There is no good in doing anything that is not
intended to please Allaah.
- The ordinary person who is not a specialist has to
choose sites that are sound and useful, and avoid the
sites of the followers of bid'ah and bad sites.
- Boycott sites of the people of bid'ah and sites
which mostly contain bid'ah, because participation and
discussion are the lifeblood of these sites. It is not
permissible to promote the people of bid'ah; we must
cause their names to die out and strive to prevent
them from becoming well known. The reaction of some of
the Ahl al-Sunnah may have the opposite effect. It is
not permissible for the ordinary Muslim to read the
sites of the people of bid'ah with the motive of just
looking or of discussing without knowledge. He should
leave it to those who are qualified to deal with it.
There is nothing wrong with his telling the scholars
about what the innovators are saying, then
transmitting the scholars' response.
- Reminding the owners of "mixed-up" sites (sites
which indicate confusion between Sunnah and bid'ah) of
Allaah and of the fact that it is not permissible for
them to allow innovators or authors of false opinions
to spread those views through their site.
- The seekers of knowledge (students of sharee'ah)
have to support their brothers who have taken on the
task of refuting the people of bid'ah who rely on
their large numbers; if one of them writes something,
ten others applaud and praise him, and condemn the one
whose view he is refuting.
- It is important for shaykhs, writers and well-known
people to take part in these groups.
- It is not essential for the scholar to join in
directly. That may take up too much of his time. It is
sufficient for some of his trustworthy students to
convey information from him.
- Beware of wasting time. Many students have let these
chat rooms take up too much of their time. It is not
necessary to refute every single bleat and every
single foolish notion. It is sufficient to note the
advice of the Prophet (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah
Be Upon Him): "Part of a man's being a good Muslim is
that he should leave alone that which does not concern
- Being aware of the importance of spending time in
teaching the Muslims and that calling them to Allaah
takes priority over refuting this one and that one.
Let us leave these refutations for situations where it
is essential, such as when one of the people of bid'ah
stirs up doubts or says something false and no one
else is refuting him – in that case someone has to
- The person who enters chat rooms has to realize that
he is dealing with a large number of unknown persons
and that the margin of trust when dealing with people
who are not using their real names is very thin
- We advise the enthusiastic youth not to indulge in
matters of which they do not have knowledge. Regarding
the matter of giving fatwas without knowledge, it is
sufficient for us to note the words of Allaah
(interpretation of the meaning)
"And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those who
lied against Allaah (i.e. attributed to Him sons,
partners) their faces will be black" [al-Zumar 39:60]
- Adhere to the etiquette dictated by Islam and
restrain the tongue (and the pen or writing is
regarded as one of the two "tongues"). Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
"And say to My slaves (i.e. the true believers of
Islamic Monotheism) that they should (only) say those
words that are the best. (Because) Shaytaan (Satan)
verily, sows a state of conflict and disagreements
among them. Surely, Shaytaan (Satan) is to man a plain
enemy" [al-Israa' 17:53]
And Allaah is the Source of strength.