Confession pages on Facebook and the Islamic ruling on it.
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Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarkatahu brother and sisters.
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Recently I have seen on facebook that many Facebook pages are being formed with the name “Confession page”. For example A-B-C Confession page or X-Y-Z Confession page – meaning people from different backgrounds who were once in same school or in Same college or university come together under that page and then they “Confess” all that they used to do “Mostly evil acts” like flirting, immoral acts they used to do at that time and, what they used to think of some students, professors and again “Mostly evil thoughts or nicknames” etc.
Had only kafirs were involved in such things, it was no concern for us. But like every other evil, this evil act has also engulfed our Muslim brothers and sisters and it has not only engulfed rather I would say they (Muslims) are the leaders (Admin) of many such pages. May Allah save us from such evil acts.
Many of those who dont know the ruling might be thinking what is wrong in such confessions? In sha Allah we will see below from the explanation of scholars what they have said in this regard. My concern is only of Islaah of our brothers and sister who have knowingly or unknowingly fell into this.
What is Confession?
A confession is a statement made by a person acknowledging some personal fact that the person would prefer to keep hidden.
The term is generally associated with an admission of a moral or legal wrong.
A legal confession is an admission of some wrongdoing that has legal consequence, while a confession in religion is usually more akin to a ritual by which the person acknowledges thoughts or actions considered sinful or morally wrong within the confines of the confessor’s religion. Socially, however, the term may refer to admissions that are neither legally nor religiously significant. [Wikipedia]
From the above definition we came to know that confessions means the wrong things or evil act which you did in past and is hidden till now and preferably you wants to keep hidden in future. And thats why we see in those facebook pages that whenever a confession is written, the name of the person is not mentioned but is kept hidden.
What Islam says about such things?
We all know that a Sin which Allah has kept hidden from people if revealed to people is considered a Grave sin.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid says in his fatwa on his website:
Speaking about your sin and flaunting it openly in front of your friends is haraam, and is a major sin.
It is one of the ways of spreading immorality among the Muslims, encouraging evil and tempting others to do similar things.
It also means that one does not take sin seriously and regards it as insignificant, and that the sinner is damaging his own reputation and exposing his honour to the slander of others.
Islam seeks to put people off from doing such things in the strongest possible terms, as in the following hadeeth:
Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say:
“All of my ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man does something at night, then the following morning when Allaah has concealed his sin, he says, ‘O So and so, I did such and such last night,’ when all night his Lord has concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allaah had concealed.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5721; Muslim, 2990).
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah preserve him) said:
There is a third kind of immoral, rebellious, promiscuous person, who speaks in a boastful manner about zinaa (fornication, adultery) – we seek refuge with Allaah – and tells people that he travelled to such and such a country and committed immoral acts of zinaa with a number of women, and so on, and he shows off about that. Such people should be asked to repent, and if they do not they should be executed, because when a person boasts about zinaa, this implies that he thinks it is permissible – Allaah forbid – and the one who thinks that zinaa is halaal is a kaafir.
(Sharh Riyaad al-Saaliheen, 1/116).
May Allah save us from every fitnah and correct our affairs. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)
- Dr Iftakhar Ahmed