A few days back, some private photos and videos of a Pakistani singer Rabi Pirzada were leaked on the internet. Afterwards, they became viral and were shared on social media and other websites. It’s not the first time that such an incident has occurred. Numerous celebrities across the globe have been victim of such incidents.
Renowned celebrities are not the only victims. Private photos and videos of sexual nature of common people are also widely shared on the internet as soon as they are leaked.
After recent leaking of Rabi Pirzada’s photos and videos, there have been widespread debate condemning those people who were curious to see the content and were proudly sharing them. Right now on Twitter, #SaveaSoul is the top trend in Pakistan and it started after Rabi Pirzada’s own tweet after her photos were leaked:
This tweet is a reference to a saying by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that states that “Whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection“.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection . “Sahih al-Bukhari 2442. Book 46, Hadith 3
People have also been talking about the legal issue in which sharing pornography and immoral content through usage of social media is a criminal offense. The punishment for spreading explicit images or videos of an individual is 5 Years in Prison or up to Rs. 5 Million in fine or both.
However, there is another important negative aspect of sharing explicit videos & pictures and it’s not being widely discussed on social media. This aspect is related to Islam. Since, Rabi Pirzada is a Pakistani celebrity and most of the people sharing her leaked content are Muslims (96.28% population follows Islam), it makes sense to discuss what is Islam’s opinion in this matter.
Just like other major religions, Islam has a rewards & punishments system in which good deeds are rewarded and sins are punished. Purpose of one’s life is to have maximum good deeds and avoid sins. So, how sinful was it when an explicit photo of Rabi Pirzada was shared by you on Twitter/Facebook or was forwarded on Whatsapp?
It’s not so simple that you earned a sin when you shared/forwarded the photo once. There is a thing called Khatei’ah Jariah or continuous sin. It is opposite of Sadaqah Jariyah.
It means that there are some circumstances in which you can multiply your sins and they will keep growing and multiplying even when you stop (unless you seek forgiveness from Allah). The sins will keep accumulating in your account even after your death. You can now imagine how dangerous is it and may lead to hell on Judgment Day.
Sharing explicit content on social media or posting on websites is also a Khatei’ah Jariah or continuous sin. Suppose that due to the content posted/shared by you, a person indulges in crime or sin. Those sins/crime can be pollution of mind, sexual molestation of an innocent or any other. You will share a major part of the committed sin.
Let’s take another example. You get an explicit video of a person or you shoot the video yourself. You post/share the video on internet and it becomes viral. That person felt so hurt and devastated that he/she commits suicide. Will you ever forgive yourself that a person died to your act?
Avoiding is a small word and I would say that we should immediately STOP sharing such photos and videos. No one would want earning any sins even after death.