Can I search through My Children’s Phone and Computer? Al-Allaamah Saalih Al-Fawzaan
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
This article was forwarded to us by Ustaadh Abdul Waahid (Abu Khadeejah) via WhatsApp and the translator is Ustaadh Hassan Somali (may Allaah preserve them)
Noble Shaykh-may Allaah grant you success-the questioner asks: ”Is it permissible for me as a parent to search through the mobile and computer of my children, fearing that there may be something upon them?
The Shaykh responded:
”Yes, this is obligatory upon you. It is [mandatory] that you inspect them and look through them. How many times have I mentioned to you that you should not buy them mobile phones that have the capability to do more than [make a call] and speak on them…..”
The questioner said, may Allaah preserve you: ‘’some people say that this type of behaviour on behalf of the father is deemed spying, which has been prohibited. Is there any truth to this statement?
The Shaykh responded: ‘’This speech is false and erroneous. The parent is commanded to nurture and educate their children, supervise them and to monitor them. It is compulsory for them to do this, and this is not considered to be spying. This is fulfilling the mandatory duty that Allaah has placed upon him….’’