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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 29/08/2013
Ruling On Installing Spy Software On The Website, Spy Software
Should he tell on an employee who goes to permissive websites?

I am the manager of Internet in a government department. A few days ago, I became suspicious about the way one of the employees is using the Internet, so I installed a spy program and after a few days I found out that this man goes to permissive websites - Allah forbid - and up until now no one except me knows about what this employee is doing. I am very confused as to how I should deal with him, knowing that if the boss found out, he would dismiss him immediately.
Should I speak to this person privately and advise him?
Or should I tell the boss above me about him, and let whatever will happen happen?
Or should I prevent him from using the Internet, and in this case what excuse should I give for preventing him?.

Praise be to Allah.

If it is proven that this employee is going to permissive websites, then you must advise him and warn him, call him (to proper Islamic behavior) and guide him, and remind him of the negative consequences and sins that result from going to these websites. If he responds, then praise be to Allah, but if he persists in that, then there is nothing wrong with telling the director of the centre, so that he can take suitable measures concerning him. The scholars permitted mentioning a man’s faults and bad deeds for the sake of seeking help to change evil, if it is not possible to change it otherwise.

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on Sahih Muslim: But it is permissible to speak of a person in his absence for a legitimate shar’i purpose, such as seeking help to change evil and bring a sinner back to the right path. So he may say to the one whom he hopes is able to help: So and so is doing such and such, so deter him from that, and so on … end quote.

But that should only come after advising him and exhorting him in private.

May Allah help us and you to obey Him and seek His pleasure.

And Allah knows best.

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