Is Facebook Haram?

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Recently in World News, a senior Iranian Cleric, Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpaygani declared that it is Haram to use Facebook. See below extract.

Source: www.defence.pk

And since he deems it un-Islamic to own a Facebook page, it’s therefore a sin:

“Basically, going to any website which propagates immoralities and could weaken the religious belief is un-Islamic and not allowed, and membership in it is therefore haram (a sin),” the ayatollah replied.

“Only the use of websites propagating religious criteria and not leading to any kind of ethical immoralities is of no problem,” he added.Iran has a population of 70 million, of which than 60 per cent is under the age of 30.

Over 5 million websites are reportedly blocked in Iran, but Iranians use proxy software and virtual private networks (VPN) to access them.

Iranian officials have, for over three decades, been waging what they call a “battle against the invasion of Western culture.”

This has led to blockades of “immoral” internet sites and banned Western music and movies. However, pirated versions of those are easily available on the black market.

Iran at this moment have actually banned facebook from the country however as mention above, the youths do have ways to sneak through it.

So what do you think? Do you agree with the statement? 

In our point of view, Facebook as a social networking element is not all bad. Infact, it’s a double edge sword: meaning it can be for bad purposes and at the same time spread good work.

In the past it was impossible to connect old lost friends, today through Facebook it has been made easy. Today its easier to announce something, compare to in the past where you have to pay hundreds of dollars just to publicise your messages. And there are many more to lists down.

Facebook does has its benefits however note that people can also use it for the bad things. I wouldn’t want to mention all the issues that has arrised cos as you know negative information will tend to overwhelm the postive.

At the end of the day, it boils down to one’s intentions of how they are using it. Let’s do good, share great things about Allah swt and his messenger, Muhammad SAW. Insyallah you will also gain great rewards.

Do share your point of views.

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  1. Salaam,

    Having many Iranian friends (students, workers) who regularly advise me on what’s going on in their country from both sides (pro-government and not-too-pro), I believe it is an exaggeration or misinterpretation of the advise of Ayatollah Golpaygani which the news source seems to reframe as a ‘decree’.

    I know many good Iranians who also happen to be devoted Muslims who still use Facebook for good purposes, and they also respect and follow the advices of Ayatollah Golpaygani and other scholars on many different aspects of their lives.

    Anyway, the news source from Defence.pk also cites its source from Haaretz, an Israeli news agency. Knowing the political relationship between Israel and Iran, I think it’s not surprising that they would want to paint Iran in as most negative a light as possible.

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