I made an e-mail account for one of my friends, and I found out he had been using it for sinful purposes, so I closed his e-mail account without telling him and I do not want him to know. Is that permissible or not?.
Praise be to Allaah.
If you made the e-mail account for your friend or let him
use your account and it became his, and he is responsible for it, you do
not have the right to look at what is in it or to close it without him
knowing, because of the sanctity of the property and honour of the Muslim.
It is not permissible to spy on him or to dispose of this property or to
spoil its benefits. The way for you to deal with it is to advise him,
remind him and speak out, within the proper guidelines.
If you gave him an e-mail account by way of lending it to him
to use it for a while, and he used it for haraam purposes, then you can do
whatever you think is best, either closing it or advising and warning him,
because the e-mail address is still your property, so it is permissible to
you to dispose of it as you see fit.
You should advise your friend in either case and explain to
him the seriousness of sin so that he will not go back to it if he gets
another e-mail account.
And Allah knows best.