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Assalamualaikum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuh,

Respected Mufti Sahib,

I will first start by introducing about a forum on the internet, called “sunni forum,” the website is : www.sunniforum.com.

The forum is run by a Shura, consisting of ‘Deobandi’ muftis, ‘alims, ‘alimahs, and non ‘alims. The forum has allowed discussion between men and women on topics ranging from Shari’a to politics and global situation. Personal matters like asking for advice are also discussed. Personalities like Junaid Jamshed are also discussed. The nature of these discussions is such that the users do not know each other, they do not see each other, cannot contact each other and cannot send private messages.

But still discussions between the opposite gender takes place which is most of the time unnecessary. Sometimes Light jokes are shared and taken place.

Also, Sometimes, the discussion goes out of fold of Islamic discussion, leading to unnecessary communication being made, where non-mehram users on the forum show emotion to others publicly. for example an old male member announced leaving the forum and sisters expressed their grief that we are sad you are leaving. Your posts are very beneficial. Sisters give duas personally like brother fulan, may Allah bless you in dunia and akhirat.

If you could also please go on this link to see all the rules of the Sunni Forum : http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/misc.php?do=showrules

Out of all this, including the rules that have been shown. The questions are :

1. Is this type of forum allowed in shariat?

2.Are the shura correct in allowing this to happen? Is this claim right that general online discussion between non-mehram is allowed in shariat?

3.What is the definition of need in shariat to allow the non-mehram to contact others and to what limts?

4. What advice and caution will you give about the sunni forum?

Jazakallah,

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Asked on November 29, 2012 2:10 am
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1) Allowed with strict regulations and proper checks and balances.
2) It is permissible to the extent of need to the extend of necessity .
3) The need as per the need to the level of necessity
4) Stricter rules. Controlled discussions. Proper supervision. No informal, personal, useless, vain, futile and non-beneficial discussions.
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Answered on November 29, 2012 2:10 am