Ruling on voting for singers via mobile phone

I voted via mobile phone for a female singer so that she could win the title. What is the ruling on that and what is the expiation for it?.

Praise be to Allaah.


The evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and the comments of the Sahaabah (may Allah be pleased with them), indicates that singing accompanied by music is haraam. This has been discussed previously in the answers to questions no. 5000 and 43736.

As it is proven that singing and music are haraam, the Muslim should hate that which Allah and His Messenger hate and tell others not to do it.

The Muslim should tell singers not to commit this sinful action, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, then let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.” Narrated by Muslim.  Continue reading

A riba-based trick when selling phone cards

I sell Siwa phone cards by instalments to teachers, whereby I give the cards to the teacher with a contract, and usually after signing the contract the teacher returns the cards to me and asks me to sell them for her because she does not know how to do that. After that, I sell the cards to the distributor from whom I bought the cards, because it is easier to sell them back to him. Is there anything Islamically wrong with that?.

Praise be to Allaah.


There is nothing wrong with you selling Siwa cards to the teachers by instalments, even if it is for a higher price than the price for cash.  Continue reading

Ruling on selling cell phone with cameras

Is it permissible to sell cell phones which include cameras?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The cameras which come with cell phones may be used for permissible purposes, or they may be used for haraam purposes. In such cases, the principles are as follows:

1- There is nothing wrong with selling it to someone whom it is known or thought most likely that he will use it for permissible purposes.

2- It is not permissible to sell it to someone who it is known or thought most likely that he will use it for haraam purposes.

3- If it is not known, then one must decide based on what usually happens. If most people in the country use it for permissble purposes, then it is permissible to sell it, otherwise it is not.

This applies to selling the phone itself, and also to selling televisions, video equipment, makeup, women’s clothes, and other things that may be used for good or evil purposes.

See also question no. 39744 and 82551.

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He buys gold over the phone then it is sent to him

The owner of a gold store buys gold from wholesalers over the phone, and they agree upon a price. The product is shown to the buyer, then he sends him the payment through the bank and the dealer sends the gold to him. Is this permissible?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Selling gold for cash is subject to the condition that the transaction be completed in one sitting, i.e., the gold is handed over to the buyer and the price is handed over to the seller in one sitting. It is not permissible for them to separate before making this hand-to-hand exchange. See question no. 22869. Based on this, it is not permissible to buy this gold in this manner.

The Standing Committee was asked a similar question and they replied: This transaction is not permissible because of the delay in the exchange of the price and the goods being bought, whether both are gold or one is gold and the other is silver, or the currency notes that have taken their place. This is called riba al-nasa’ and is haraam. Rather the transaction should be done when the money is there at the time of the transaction. End quote.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 13/475. Continue reading

Is it permissible to subscribe to a phone company and receive calls only without making calls?

I have bought a mobile line (paid in advance). The seller gave me the number, and thus I did not have to call the automated service. As result the counter did not start counting. I gave my number to all my friends so that they call me, I do not call anyone and thus I do not have to charge my phone. A brother told me that this is considered cheating. I am cheating the company; because it sells me the number considering that I will pay an amount monthly weather I use my credit or delay using it. I think that, the company did not stipulate any condition and able to make me unable to use my line, like many companies do. I have paid an amount to get the line itself, and as I do not buy credit, I do not call anyone. What is your oppinion of this?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the company has activated a phone line in return for a set amount – for set-up –and it offers a service allowing you to receive calls without paying, and it does not charge anything except the price of outgoing calls, then there is nothing wrong with what you have done, and you do not have to call other people in order for your action to be permissible, because the company has agreed to that and it has taken its due by charging the set-up fee, and it has taken the cost of the incoming calls to your phone from those who call you.

But if the company charges a fee for use of the phone per month in return for activating the line for both incoming and outgoing calls, regardless of whether the line is used for both, then it has the right to be paid these fees, even if the owner of the phone does not make calls and even if he does not receive them, because this fee is in return for a real benefit, and he is the one who is not making use of it. This is like when a car or apartment is rented but the renter does not make use of them until the contract period ends.

Your implementation of the answer is up to you in your country, depending on the system of the company that has activated the phone.

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Is there any copyright on the Mushaf al-Tajweed for one who wants to put it into software for his mobile phone?

There is a copy of the Mushaf which is called Mushaf al-Tajweed al-Mulawwan (a copy of the Qur’aan with coloured text to highlight the rules of tajweed or proper recitation), and the company which published it forbids copying and distributing it (without permission), and they say that they have the publishing rights and can prevent others from copying it, and will prosecute anyone who does that. Is it permissible in terms of sharee’ah for us to copy their copy in our software, on the grounds that it is Holy Qur’aan and there is no copyright on it, or must we respect the copyright mentioned?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The Mushaf al-Tajweed mentioned in the question is something into which great effort has been put, and like any other human action it is not free of mistakes or errors. Some specialists have pointed out these mistakes.

What we are talking about here is not the actual words of Allaah which are written in the Mushaf; rather we are talking about the invention of a way to present them. No doubt the people who produced this have put a lot of time, effort and money into it, and the method they have invented is something that is protected in sharee’ah, which gives them the right to sell it, hire it out and prevent anyone from using it without their permission. This is one of the intangible rights concerning which fatwas have been issued by specialists in our times, ruling that this right is to be protected.  Continue reading

Is it permissible for a woman to work selling products over the phone?

There are foreign companies in Morocco which also own companies in the west. These companies that are in Morocco offer customer service for the companies that are in the west over the phone, whereby western customers contact the companies in Morocco to ask questions or the company contacts customers who are obviously in the west – Europe – to sell their products over the phone, and the employee attempts to convince the person to buy. The companies market various products and services such as mobile phones, internet, insurance, computers and so on.
 These companies have started to increase rapidly, and young men – and even young women – are clamouring to join them as they pay a good salary. The government is also helping with that. Please note that fitnah is widespread in these companies, such as uncovering of women.
What is the ruling on working for them? Is it halaal or haraam?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for a man or a woman to work in places where women mix with men. The evils of mixing are many. It is one of the most effective ways used by the shaytaan to make the Muslim fall into sin and immorality. Hence Islam blocks the ways that may cause a Muslim to fall into anything haraam.

We have discussed the prohibition on mixing in the answer to question no. 1200, where we mention incidents of female workers who have been exposed to annoyance and harassment. This confirms that the Islamic prohibition on mixing is what will protect a woman’s modesty and chastity, and it is what protects a man from allowing his gaze to wander, and protects him from bad consequences.  Continue reading

Ruling on giving tips to plumbers, carpenters and phone company employees

What is the ruling on giving tips to plumbers, carpenters and phone company employees after they have finished their work, whether they ask for the tip or I give it myself without being asked for it? Please note that they receive a monthly salary from the company for which they work and which sends them to me?.

Praise be to Allaah.

This is one of the serious problems that have become widespread nowadays, where many workers do not hesitate to ask for a tip, and some of them think that it is a right that is their due, and some of them will argue about the amount if it is given to them. They may also be negligent in performance of their job if they feel that they are not going to get a tip or they are going to be tipped poorly, and they will work harder for one who tips more generously.  Continue reading

If he buys a phone card and it has extra credit

What is the ruling on a person who buys a card for his mobile phone and after he refills it, more credit is added to it than the price that he paid for the card?.

Praise be to Allaah.

So long as the phone company has not announced the additional amount and it is added to the card, then what has happened is the result of some mistake, and the one who has discovered this has to inform the company so that they can correct it. He has no right to benefit from the extra amount unless he asks permission and gains the company’s approval, because the wealth of others is not permissible unless it is given willingly; a mistake does not make it permissible to dispose of this extra amount.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The wealth of a Muslim man is not permissible unless he gives it willingly.” Narrated by Ahmad (20714); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 7662.   Continue reading

The company gives those who buy a mobile phone a ticket for a draw to win another mobile phone

I sell mobile phones for one of the phone companies and on one occasion the company distributed tickets with each phone with which a person could enter a draw, whereby both the customer and the salesman can win a mobile phone. Is this prize halaal?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The scholars differed concerning this matter, and there are two views, which have been explained in the answer to question no. 22862.

We have mentioned that the most correct view is that it is permissible, subject to two conditions:

1 – That the product is sold for its usual price, and that the price is not increased because of the prize. If the price is raised because of the prize then this is gambling and it is not permissible.

2 – That the person buys the product because he needs it. If he buys it only because of the prize, and he has no need of the product, this is a kind of gambling and wasting money.

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