In his Khutba (Friday Sermon) at Al-Neelain Mosque which was entitled the "Risk of Using Whatsapp on beliefs and public Security" Dr. Naji Mustafa Badawi pointed out to malicious thoughts contained in some Whatsapp messages that can destroy family principles, increase intellectual deviation, ethnic and regional discrimination and tend to destroy total unity.
Dr. Naji Mustafa Badawi, director of the Institute of Training Imams and Duaat at the U of HQIS, according to a study conducted on a large segment of community for the purposes of the Friday Khutba revealed that the study showed that 90% of activists who use social media are secondary school certificate holders or below it. While more than 90% of the educated and intellectuals are only readers and receivers in a reversed image of what the reality of modern media should be.
Dr. Naji added that the study also showed that more than 89% of people who send or resend religious messages are not specialists in law or humanities and lack knowledge to enables them to identify Fiqh and religious Ahkam (jurisprudential) rulings.
He explained that transmission of Hadiths, Khutba, and news as soon as they are heard is a sort of lying, citing the hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ‘It is enough of a lie for a man that he narrates everything he hears’. The study he has shown that more than 85% of the people who send messages of news, accidents, and public affairs do not carry out any verification process before they resend such messages.
In his Khutba, Dr. Naji pointed out to the fact that many of these religious and preaching messages seem to be true, but in fact they involve large violations of the sharia and Aqeedah and provide a basis for evil, bidaa (innovations in Islam) and myths and ignorance, and many of them reflect false images about the companions of the prophet and scientific heritage.
Pointing to the same study, Dr. Naji stated that many of the messages that were identified as religious and preaching messages and sent by many people in good faith for the purpose of Da'wah and reform are in fact messages made by the parties that have hidden purposes to distort Islam and its features.
Dr. Naji said that most of these messages, which contradict reality and sharia, are sent back by people with good intentions, but this does not help them in such act that is contrary to the sharia, which was considered as form of lying by the Messenger of Allah (May peace and blessing of Allah be upon him).
At the close of his Khutba, Dr. Naji said that most of the young people he spoke to of those who participated in extremist or Takfiri (accusing others of apostasy) acts were recruited first after being emotionally charged in social networking sites through messages that appear to be good, but in reality such messages lead to despair, dissatisfaction as well as to creating ideal images that are unrelated to Islam the fact that establishes the first step for Takfir in young people.
He further explained that there are malicious ideas embedded within some Whatsapp messages that destroy family principles, increase intellectual deviation, ethnic and regional discrimination and tend to divide unity. Many of those who convey such ideas do not feel their seriousness because of lack of specialization and ability to verify.
Dr. Badawi added that some people find a way out of the question of verification by claiming that they have only sent the messages as they received them. He went on explaining that this allegation does not change the legal ruling that such person has committed some kind of lying that is forbidden by law.
Dr Naji concluded that open media has spread abstract ideals all over the world; and that the study has revealed that more than 82% of the people who send messages of advice and cultural values do not believe in the content of such messages in a shameful violation to what Allah says in the Quranic verse (O ye who believed, why do you say what you do not do)
At the end of his Khutba, Dr. Naji said that a righteous person uses technology for good purposes pointing out that there are a number of good people who do use social networking sites for social communication, Da'wah and charity. Furthermore, he explained that technology is a double-edged sword and that people must be aware of the dangers that can threaten the security, culture and safety of the community.