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WhatsApp Debates

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Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

We have WhatsApp groups to inform sisters in our area of upcoming events, advertise home businesses, etc.

Recently, differing views are being posted on these groups with regards to women in masaajid, shiasm in South Africa, following a mazhab, haidh masaa-iI, etc.

Should we respond to these messages or should we remain silent and ignore them? If we should respond, how should this be done? Should we address the person privately or should we address them on the group?

Jazakallah

Answer:

Bismihi Ta‘ala

Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barkaatuh

Respected Sister in Islam

1. Such debates and airing of views from all and sundry in Deeni matters is very harmful. Many people, out of ignorance, put forward all types of views and ideas which results in many people becoming seriously confused. In some cases, it could even jeopardize somebody’s imaan.

2. If you are the admin of the group or have a good rapport with them, form some rules for the group such as no posts other than marketing related etc. Also, state that if anyone breaks these rules a certain number of times, he will be removed from the group. If you cannot do this, then you should leave the groups where the types of discussions that you have mentioned are taking place.

3. Do not respond to the controversial posts. If you wish to privately message the person, you may do so, but do not engage in debates with such people, for sometimes, such debates become very harmful for all concerned.

Answered by:

Uswatul Muslimah Panel of ‘Ulama