Praise be to Allaah.
One of the things that the Muslim should do is discipline
himself and seek to adopt the best of attitudes and etiquette. This requires
a great deal of striving against bad inclinations and it needs a lot of
patience. The most important thing that can help him to do that is avoiding
places of evil and places that could lead to his doom. The scholars of
personal development are unanimously agreed that man is inherently weak and
inclined towards evil, and that it is the mind (or reason) that could
controls his attitude and inclinations, and guide his energies. So if reason
does not restrain one’s inclinations towards following whims and desires,
then he will soon find no means to turn back to the path of salvation.
The same applies to gatherings of leisure and entertainment.
They have always been – and still are, as they appear on the internet – a
waste of energy and talent, where followers of falsehood who have no mission
to work or succeed in their lives gather, and they waste their time and
their lives which are the most precious things they own, and they spend
their days exchanging gossip, and they waste a lot of time and do not
achieve anything for their worldly or religious interests.
When the Muslim has the blessing of free time with which
Allaah has honoured him, he can do no more than look for the best deeds with
which to fill his time, not just any good deed. Hence you see that the
Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) asked the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) in many ahaadeeth about the best actions by
means of which they could attain a higher status before Allaah, and the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) answered their
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “There are two blessings which many people do not make the best of:
good health and free time.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6412).
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, speaking
of regret about time:
Regret for wasted time should be deep, for time passes
quickly and it is difficult to make up what you have missed.
Time for the worshipper is a time for worship and reciting
awraad, and for the devoted Muslim it is time for turning to Allaah and
focusing on Him with all his heart.
Time is the dearest thing to him and he would feel very sad
if time passes without him doing what he is meant to do. If he misses time,
he can never make it up, because a second time has its own duties. So if he
misses time, there is no way he can bring it back.
Madaarij al-Saalikeen (3/49).
The most important things that will help you make the most of
your time is to avoid futile gatherings and refrain from talking too much
and keep away from lazy and idle people, and to keep company with those who
are striving hard, clever, smart and aware of time, and those ho immerse
themselves in reading for the purpose of increasing their knowledge.
The wise man is the one who is guided to fill his time with
useful, beneficial and good deeds; thus he will advance and rise in status.
So you will find him always seeking knowledge, or writing lessons, or
learning a skill, or visiting relatives or a sick person, or advising one
who has gone astray, or earning a living so that he can spend on his
dependents and save them from having to ask of people.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
I would hate to see any one of you idle and not doing
anything to help himself in this world or in the Hereafter.
Quoted by Abu ‘Ubayd al-Qaasim ibn Sallaam in al-Amthaal
The Muslim has no time to listen to or look at sinful things.
You know that these conversations include things that go against sharee’ah
such as immoral talk and bad attitudes, so is entering these foul swamps
something that will benefit a Muslim, or is it anything that he should seek
in his life?
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Strive to do
that which will benefit you and seek the help of Allaah.” Narrated by Muslim
When Allaah asks you on the Day of Resurrection about this
time that you wasted in idle talk and writing and conversing about things
that are of no benefit, rather they will harm you, what will your answer be?
It was narrated that Abu Barzah al-Aslami said: The Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A person’s feet will not
move on the Day of Resurrection until he is asked about his life and how he
spent it, his knowledge and what he did with it, and his wealth, how he
acquired it and how he spent it, and his body (health), and how he used it.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2417), classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in
Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb (126).
Finally, you should note:
That these chat rooms have corrupted the morals of many
people; they have caused rifts between loved ones, men have divorced their
wives because of them, women have lost their honour because of them, and
those who are weak in faith and lacking in knowledge have been deceived by
the specious arguments and myths in them, and have thus been misled. If the
Muslim hears of an environment that is filled with fitnah and sin, he should
denounce the people involved and strive to set them straight – if he is one
of those who are able for that – otherwise he should keep away from such
environments and not be deceived by thinking that his faith is strong or
that he knows what they really are, and that he is just having fun.
Beware of indulging in chat rooms on the internet, and
protect yourself from the immorality and evil that is in them, for they are
gatherings that bring little benefit but cause a great deal of harm; they
are of no benefit in this world and do not bring salvation in the
If you find that you are getting drawn into fitnah and sin,
such as speaking to women unnecessarily and speaking too much to this one
and that one, then you should realize that you are in grave danger, and we
hope that you will save yourself from it and resist falling into the trap of
We have discussed the danger of chat rooms in many answers on
this site, such as 34841 and
And Allaah knows best.