Will I be judged about what my family watch

08 Jul 2024 Ref-No#: 6746

Should I disconnect the internet in windows after I end what I have to do like programming because I downloaded windows and its drivers and my family watches Haram at it
Will I get the sins of my family who watches Haram videos
Should I delete the internet driver or only disconnect it or i don’t have to do anything

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum as-salām wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

Please find the rulings and comments on the points raised in your query below:

Disconnecting the Internet After Use: Disconnecting the internet or disabling access after completing essential tasks like programming or software downloads can be a proactive measure to mitigate exposure to potentially harmful and Ḥarām content that others in your family might access. This demonstrates your effort to safeguard yourself from indirect participation in activities that Islam prohibits.

Internet Driver Management: Deleting the internet driver will completely disable internet access, even for you, and is unnecessary. Disconnecting the internet connection itself or utilizing parental controls, if available, will effectively minimize exposure to inappropriate content.

Accountability for Others’ Sins: Islamic principles hold individuals accountable for their own actions and intentions. However, there is also a responsibility to deter evil. As long as you actively discourage and attempt to prevent others from engaging in sinful behavior, you will not bear their burden. Nonetheless, the ability to prevent a sin and choosing not to act upon it may lead to one’s own culpability.

Your Role: You have a responsibility to discourage the use of harmful internet content within your family and take reasonable steps to deter them from engaging in sin. Once you’ve fulfilled this obligation, you are not responsible for their choices. Ultimately, each individual answers to Allāh for their own actions and behaviors.

Practical Recommendations:

  • Educational Approach: A respectful and compassionate discussion with your family members about the importance of avoiding Ḥarām content could foster a sense of individual responsibility within them. This should be the first step.
  • Disconnecting After Use: If others continue with the wrong despite your kind prohibitions, then you may consider being pro-active. You may  disconnect the internet when not in use, especially if it helps curtail exposure to Ḥarām content.
  • Seeking Allah’s Guidance: Continually supplicate (Du‘ā) to Allāh for guidance for your family and yourself towards what pleases Him and protection from harm.

Conclusion: While you are not responsible for the actions of others, you have the responsibility of doing what is in your means to prevent evil. Hence, you should do what is in your ability and taking pro-active steps to minimize exposure to Ḥarām, but it should be done with diplomacy

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