Social media facilitates communication among people and makes their lives easier. Allah, the Almighty, said ''O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other).'' (Surah al-Hujurat, 13).
In principle, people should use social media in moderation and abide by the Islamic moral code. However, social media could be misused by some and thus leads to corruption, spreading rumors, slandering, impugning people`s honor, committing sins and publishing scandal broadcast. This is prohibited by sharia and it is totally rejected by the people of sound mind and nature. Allah, the Exalted said ''Those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the Believers, will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and you know not..'' (Surah an-Nur, 19).
If this is the penalty of those who love to see scandal published broadcast among the Believers, how about the penalty of those who spread rumors!.
In conclusion, in all aspects of life as well as in social media, it is the duty of every Muslim to observe integrity, honesty and trustworthiness when conveying any piece of news. Allah, the Almighty, said, ''O ye who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed).'' (Surah at-Tawbah, 119). Muslimvillage.