Some Forums May Lead To Fitnah Between The Sexes: Better If We Just Block This Door Of Fitnah?
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Islamic forums there is a section for amusement. It
normally contains funny and rare issues. Its aim is to
amuse the members. It is run by good brothers and
sisters, we think they are good and Allah knows best.
We noticed in some forums, especially in this section,
that men and women started to mix together and use
expressions like "ha ha ha" and "may Allah please
you". In addition to some funny pictures that does not
oppose Islam like children in funny situations or
pictures of the nature that contain some funny aspect,
and using the expressional faces (emotions) in titles
and replies. Also the kind of subjects they discuss
together, we think that it can open a door of fitnah.
We suggest some limits to be ruled on forums,
especially this amusing section. We suggest that it
should be only for brothers, not sisters, although the
sisters will be able to read all was typed on this
section, but will not be able to share or reply.
Knowing that there is no ways we can know if the
participant is a brother or a sister, as we do not
have but the name.
Is there any way by which we can control this section
in forums? Whether by allowing only specific subjects,
or specific replies on these subjects, or by making it
for only one sex? Knowing that everyone will be able
to read what is written in this section even the
Is there any specific subjects you suggest that are
Islamic and at the same time achieving the aim of this
section which is amusing these good brothers and
sisters. Or it is better if we just block this section
if it is a door of fitnah? What do you advise us to
Praise be to Allaah.
Most of what
happens in so called amusement forums is carelessness
and a lack of control over posts and comments, because
both men and women participate in these forums. This
is undoubtedly a door to fitnah, so people may be
impressed or attracted, then try to get in touch via
e-mail and the like. Hence we think that this door
should be closed, and the amusement forum should be
restricted to men, and another forum should be set up
for women only for the same purpose, if there is a
need for that.
If a man tricks the participants in the forum and
enters as if he is a woman (or vice versa), then the
sin of that lie is borne by him alone. There is no sin
on you, in sha Allaah, so long as you have announced
clearly that it is not allowed for women to take part
in the men's forums or for men to take part in the
And Allaah knows best.