Making slanderous remarks, exposing people's flaws and insulting others through the use of popular social net-working websites, as well as paedophiles preying on innocent victims, especially teenagers, through the Internet were highlighted in yesterday's Friday sermon.
Making slanderous and defamatory remarks are sinful and prohibited in Islam, it was said. It is worse than killing someone.
Abusing the Internet not only endangers the lives of adults but also those of teenagers and children.
Interactive learning, playing games and surfing social networking sites are most common among children and teenagers nowadays, but they could also be surfing inappropriate sites with violent content that could influence them, as they are still impressionable and immature.
Children's safety is also at risk if there are paedophiles preying on the innocent.
This could lead to rape, kidnapping and human-smuggling.
Parents should closely monitor their children's activities and guide them on the right path.
Getting hooked on the Internet for hours is also not good for children, as it could affect their health. These children are usually less involved with physical activities, like sport or fishing.
Some use such social networking websites wisely or responsibly, to stay in touch more efficiently and to know new acquaintances.
However, though Islam encourages its Ummah to acquire more knowledge, the Internet could pollute one's mind and thoughts, affect morals and values, as well as jeopardise national security and taint Islamic beliefs.
Some websites have also been reported to have unethical and immoral contents, spreading lies that are against Islam, or enabling frauds and scams on the Internet, said the imams.