Can men and women chat online?

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nzhussain Staff asked 3 months ago

What is the ruling concerning the conversation between men and women in general, and through the internet in particular?
And is private chatting on Paltalk permissible? (private messages)

1 Answers
nzhussain Staff answered 3 months ago

Ajwibah Fiqiyya Vol2 Q32, answer from Ahmed Al Hasan: 

In the name of Allah, the Abundantly Merciful, the Intensely Merciful.
Praise be to Allah Lord of the worlds. May the prayers and peace of Allah be upon Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad, the Imams and the Mahdis.

I previously mentioned that conversation between men and women in general is permissible and online chatting is a part of it.

[Conversing between men and women is permissible unless it introduces suspicion [of inappropriate interactions] and fear of discord [Fitna]; in this case it must be avoided.]

The Almighty said, {And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, in order that you might succeed.} Surat an-Noor (The Light) 24:31)). Source: The Jurisprudence of Islam, Vol. 3

Therefore, conversing between men and women is permissible in general. As for the private conversation between a man and a woman privately, it is unfavored unless one is engaged or out of necessity.

Therefore, the chaste and respectable believing woman should avoid speaking privately with a man who is not from her mahrams except out of necessity and it must be limited based on need, and with the least amount of words that will suffice, and this applies to conversation that is directly face to face or on the internet and when using chat programs and their likes.

And praise be to Allah Lord of the worlds.