Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:00 pm (KSA) 09:00 am (GMT)

Facebook helps build marriages: Egypt scholar

Sheikh Farahat al-Mungi
Sheikh Farahat al-Mungi

As criticism directed toward social networking websites has been increasing in Egypt due to the supposed role they play in the rise of divorce rates, an Islamic scholar argued that they also serve to build marriages.

Social networking sites such as Facebook are one of the new major causes of marital infidelity, according to a study issued by the National Center for Social and Criminological Research.

“Facebook has made it easier for husbands and wives who are not satisfied with their marital lives to reconnect with their old loves and start cheating on their partners,” said the study.

 Facebook is the source of many successful marriages and happy families 
Dr. Farahat al-Mungi

According to the study, one out of five divorce cases are attributed to the spouse catching his/her partner in a clandestine relationship developed through the internet.

“That is why websites like Facebook constitute a constant threat to the stability of the family,” argued the study.

However, former al-Azhar scholar Dr. Farahat al-Mungi argued that while Facebook might be the source of many divorces, its role in building marriages cannot be overlooked.

“I personally have witnessed several marriages that took place between people who got to know each other via Facebook,” he told Al Arabiya Saturday. “Facebook is the source of many successful marriages and happy families.”

Scientific advances

 At that time, some scholars called to destroy that ‘devil that runs loose in the streets of Cairo,’ but these fatwas could not stand in the way of scientific advances 
al-Mungi

When asked about the views of many religious scholars towards social networking websites as against the teachings of Islam, Moungi replied that those who issue such fatwas on social-networking websites have very little knowledge about how they work or what they are about.

“The fatwas that ban those websites are in contradiction with a saying by prophet Mohamed which states that Muslims should be aware of their reality.”

The saying implies that Muslims are the ones who can decide what is best for them according to the circumstances in which they live. It is interpreted as a proof that Islam does not reject science or modernity nor stands in the way of scientific research.

Moungi cited the example of the tram when it was first introduced to Cairo and caused the death of a child.

“At that time, some scholars called to destroy that ‘devil that runs loose in the streets of Cairo,’ but these fatwas could not stand in the way of scientific advances.”


(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).

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