Forwarding Islaamic messages via mobile phones


Question: In this present time of ours, and in particular [I wish to ask about the issue related to] mobile phone messages (SMS, WhatsApp etc.) which we receive quoting ahaadeeth, and at the end it states:

‘Forward this message, and you will be rewarded in like or more [plentifully]’.

So what is your opinion regarding forwarding some of these ahaadeeth, particularly since we do not know their authenticity?

Response: It is not permissible for you to forward these [messages].

The ahaadeeth are referred to for their meanings, and the people of knowledge are be asked about [the authenticity of] them [and their meaning], and you mustn’t take these ahaadeeth from [the messages you receive on] the mobile phones or from those who insist you forward them [to others], promising you will be rewarded.

The [real] intent of these people [who insist this of you] is not known; perhaps they have ill-intent and are lying, and their harm is feared.

So avoid that, and do not do anything with these messages on mobile phones, and nor abide by their instructions, or be afraid of their promises or threats.

Translation originally published on 21 February, 2016

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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