Q: Is it permissible to use mxit, facebook and other social networks?
A: Facebook and other social networks in themselves are not Haraam. However, viewing content that is not permissible to view or communicating with those whom it is not permissible to communicate with, is Haraam. Hence, if one limits one’s use of facebook and other social networks to permissible activities then utilising facebook etc. will not be Haraam. However, if one utilises facebook etc. for impermissible viewing or communication then such usage of the programme will be deemed impermissible and such viewing and communication will be regarded as sinful. Further, if one has no need to utilise facebook etc. for communication or other permissible work then one should avoid using it because of the numerous harms and evils associated with it. It has been noted that people are generally unable to control their temptations and innocent usage of the programme often leads one to sin. Therefore, we would not encourage the usage of social networks.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Shafiq Jakhura (Mufti) M.D. Mangera (Mufti)
Fatwa Dept. Fatwa Dept.