Shaykh Abu Umar Usaamah Utaybee of Madinah hafidhullah said:
The website facebook is from the immoral and corrupt websites. And it is said that the Jews are behind it, and Allah knows best the truth of this statement. In any case, this does not concern us. That which concerns us is, whether the practices that occur on this website are permissible in the shareeah. As for the use of this website for men to meet women, and the socialisation between sexes as well as the use of this site for other corrupt activities, then this is clearly impermissible.
And women are weak and naive, so Messenger (ie. msn) and Chat and other similar websites and programmes harm the society, if they are used between men and women. This is completely and absolutely impermissible, due to women being weak and vulnerable. And how many cases of fornication and divorce and sin have come about due to the use of these sites. And this is something clearly recognized.
Facebook came to gather between the evil of all of the previous messaging programmes. So all of these programmes were surpassed by Facebook and it increased upon them (i.e. their evil). Therefore it is an immoral and corrupt website. And if you were to use it to set up a page for Dawah, then women would enter upon your page. And this would necessitate socializing with women and speaking to them, and perhaps she may even send you her picture and this is something unavoidable in Facebook. For that reason, the use of this website is impermissible, and I advise the youth that they stay away from it completely, and that they warn against it. And the fact that the sinful people and disbelievers use this website is not a reason for us to also use it, especially when the harm it causes is greater (than the benefit). So I advise you not enter into it.
Brief biography of the Shaykh:
His full name is Abu Umar Usaamah bin ‘Atayah al-Utaybi.
He was born prior to 1395H in Jordan. In 1395H his parents along with his siblings migrated to Saudi Arabia.
Graduated from High School in 1410H and from Faculty of Hadeeth in Islamic University of Madeenah in 1416-1417. Obtained First Rank in the University! Joined the Masters in 1417H and his thesis got a grade of Distinction!
He participated in the Jihad in Afghanistan but left after the assassination of Shaykh Jameel ur Rahmaan rahimahullah.
Shaykh has studied with many mashaykh like Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen and Shaykh Rabee and many others. Many mashaykh have given various tazkiyyat to him like Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, Shaykh Salih as-Suhaymee and Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab al-Aqeel.
Some of the books of the Shaykh that have been published are:-
1. Barnaamij Ilmee Muqtarah
[Proposed Education Curriculum for the Serious Student of Knowledge]
2. Tahdheer-ush-Shabaab min Asbaab at-Tatarruf wal-Irhaab
[Warning the Youth about the Causes of Extremism and Terrorism]
3. Irwaa-ul-Ghaleel fid-Difaa an ash-Shaikh Rabee
[Satiating the Thirsty in Defending Shaikh Rabee Al-Madkhalee]
Features: Introductory Praise by Shaikh Ahmad An-Najmee
The Shaykh has many efforts in teaching and Da’wah and has travelled to a few countries for this purpose. May Allah reward him.
Masha’allah the Shaykh is married and has 6 children.