Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Question: assalamu alaikum
I use Facebook and I call a girl my sister and she calls me her brother, but we aren’t actually related.  We only talk about decent and moral things without crossing limits.  Moreover we never heard each others’ voices nor did we see each other.  What I want to ask n know is that if I could continue this interaction.

Answer: Dear Brother,

Assalamu alaikum.

We are all brothers and sisters in Islam; however, bonds of faith and humanity don’t erase social etiquette between unrelated males and females.

If you’re uncomfortable with the online chats, then it’s probably for good reason and you should listen to your instincts.

Unless there’s a clear purpose in these conversations, why continue them? If one of you marries, you’d have to move on anyway.

I pray this helps,

Zaynab Ansari

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