How Can We Protect Our Kids From Internet Abuse?

08 January, 2020
Q As-salamu `alaykum. How can we protect our children from internet abuse, as more and more pornographic websites are mushrooming every day? I tried all software programs but of no use. How can we stop them with the help of golden principles of the Quran and the Sunnah. Please, mention all the Quranic verses and Hadiths that prohibit pornography and obscenity.

Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

There are many ways of protecting children from Internet abuse as follows:

1- By creating a barrier between children and sins.

2- By providing alternatives to take our children away from the haram.


In response to your question, the prominent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal Nadvi, Imam of Calgary Mosque, Alberta, Canada, and Former Professor at King Saud University, Riyad, Saudi Arabia, states:

It is the duty of parents to raise their children upon the teachings of Islam by using all possible good means. In fact, the Internet can help parents in this regard if it is used correctly.

Suppport AboutIslam.net

However, parents should guide their children to the ways of using the Internet in a positive way and protect them against misusing this service.

There are many ways of protecting both children and ourselves from the haram (unlawful) as follows:

1- By creating a barrier between us and sins.

2- By providing alternatives to take us away from the haram.

Applying this to your situation, you need to establish firm and healthy channels of communication with your children and explain to them the Islamic position concerning these issues and how to deal with them.

The best way to achieve this is to be a good role model for your children. If they see you as a good example, they will learn the good from you as well.

You are supposed to introduce alternatives to them. There are many good Islamic websites that they can visit and learn from. They can be given tasks to do on each website, and then can receive prizes for that.

Most importantly we must teach our kids how to choose the right friends, who are aware of Islamic teachings and can protect them from learning about haram.

The following are some Quranic verses and hadiths that talk about the importance of lowering our gaze, avoiding sins, and observing Islamic morals:

1- Surat An-Nur 24:30-31

2- Surat An-Nur 24:19

3- Surat An-Nur 24:21

4- Surat An-Nur 24:27, about the manners of family life.

5- Surat An-Nur 24:58-59

Hadiths:

1-The eye does commit zina (adultery or fornication) and its zina is the lustful look..”(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

2-A man must not look at the `awrah (parts to be covered) of [another] man and a woman must not look at the `awrah of [another] woman; and they shall not share the same blanket when sleeping in the same bed.” (Muslim)

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.