Interesting link emailed to me recently: ‘Sunniforums: Blogs not permissible in Islam’:http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1902&page=1&pp=10
bq.. Recently, many people have been asking about the permissibility of blogs, i.e. online diaries – I’m sure many of us have seen and read them. I submitted a question to Mufti Nawalur-Rahman about them, the ‘answer can be heard here’:http://www.shariahboard.com/fatwa/Deeds%20&%20Effects/2280.php. English translation:
_”Going to websites like these will not be permissible, because they contain personal matters and also they specify names/identities which can create a path for bay-hayaai (shamelessness), and unlawful relations, and It is a source that may leak out the faults/kharaabiyan ‘aayb’ of muslims. It will not be permissible.”_
p. Email, instant messaging, the web, just about the whole internet is basically off-limits according to the discussion, as it will lead to ‘mingling of genders’.
The Mufti does seem a bit of a hack, as this makes no sense: _It is a source that may leak out the faults/kharaabiyan ‘aayb’ of muslims._ I must have missed the part in the Koran which says that one must hide ones ‘faults’ from others.
Extending the Mufti’s logic further, breathing in the vicinity of the opposite gender is also ‘haram’, as one is inhaling the many body pheromones given off by most mammals.
Twisted reasoning like the above leads to incidents like the ‘Saudi school fire’:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1874471.stm where the Saudi police stopped school girls from leaving the burning building because they were not ‘attired’ properly. 15 people died, all thanks to religious intolerance. ‘They Died for Lack of a Head Scarf’:http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/mutawsc.htm.
h4. more on this
* ‘Blogging: an Islamic perspective’:http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/articles.php?action=viewarticle&artid=14 :: Summary: personal weblogs are unislamic.
* ‘KO: The Tao of Blogging’:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/weblogs/2003_10/the_tao_of_blogging.html :: musings on why people blog, and links to others.