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Mufti Taqi Usmani urges Muslims to boycott Facebook completely

In today’s (21 May 2010) Friday  khutbah at the Baitul Mukarram mosque in Karachi, Mufti Taqi Usmani, one of the senior most scholars in the world, said to an audience of several thousand individuals to completely boycott Facebook. He lashed out on those who perpetrate such crimes and declared that they are no different than the kuffar of Makkah who used to mock the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. He said none of their insults, at the time of the Prophet or today, make a speck of difference to the high status of the Prophet and that he is not in need of our praise.

He went on to say that this (Facebook contest) is a challenge to the Muslims of today from the West and he basically said a befitting reply needs to be given effecting their financial interests, i.e., their most worshiped idol. By that he meant that if the entire Muslim populace boycotts such sites, they will naturally lose money and that this would a response which would hurt them the most.

Mufti Taqi Usmani said that it is good that Facebook was banned by the authorities in Pakistan but it will probably eventually be unbanned and when that happens, it is upon us to boycott this site. He specifically urged the youngsters to boycott Facebook. He related the hadith where it mentions that the Prophet should be more dearer to the believer than his own children, parents and even himself. He said a believer should be ready to give his life for the Prophet but in this case, we’re not asking you to give your life, the only thing that is being asked from you is to refrain from accessing Facebook on the internet from among the many other activities you do on the internet for entertainment purposes.

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