Girls Chatting with Men on Internet
Fatwa No: 81671

  • Fatwa Date:9-9-1999 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 29, 1420
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Question

Is it Halal for a girl to chat with men in chatrooms on the Internet and to exchange e-mails between males and females?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Indeed, Islam preserves relations between individuals in a way that suits the human nature. The contact between a man and a woman is prohibited except under the wing of legal marriage. If there is any necessity of talking to opposite sex, it should be in the limits of politeness and good manners, Allah Says (what means): {And when you ask [his wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts.} [Quran 33:53]

In another verse Allah Says (what means): {If you fear Allah, then do not be soft in speech [to men], lest he in whose heart is disease should covet, but speak with appropriate speech.} [Quran 33:32]

The conversation may be by (tongue) speaking or by writing or by gesturing. The main thing is conveying one’s feelings to another using any method of communication. An Arab poet said: “No doubt that talking is in the heart and the tongue is nothing but an indication to the heart.” A Muslim should not address any opposite sex. This is a way of Satan to mislead Muslims.

Allah Says (what means): {O you who have believed, do not follow the footsteps of Satan. And whoever follows the footsteps of Satan - indeed, he enjoins immorality and wrongdoing} [Quran 24:21]

Regarding the correspondence between opposite sexes, the details are as follows:

If the correspondence was on the request of a person, who was in need to increase his/her knowledge about Islam or wants to know Muslims’ affairs, etc., then this kind of correspondence is permitted. If there is no necessity or if one finds any alternate for this purpose, then one should not address the opposite sex. As it is known, most young men’s and women’s correspondences these days concentrate on sex and its related subjects. You may find that a girl is in contact with many young men, and a guy is in connection with a number of girls, every one is destroying his intellect, thought, and efforts in this aimless correspondence. Probably they might engage in subjects we feel shy to mention here. In this cause they are committing sins, and Satan leads them to destroy their precious time and efforts on trifles. The safest way for faith and religion is to keep away from all these things. There is no lack of lawful means and ways.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 119025, 87959, 85359, 84874, and 84079.

Allah knows best.

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