Ruling on buying and selling on the bidz.com website

There is an auction site on the internet called bidz.com  It auctions the items for sale, which are jewellery (gold, silver, diamonds, rubies) 
If you are the successful bidder, you have five days in which to pay. 
If you have any problems, the period is extended without any increase in the price. 
In some cases the price is stated and if it goes over the limit you get the item for free. 
My question is: 
Is it permissible to buy from this site using a prepaid credit card from a local bank, and you can buy using the amount of money you put on the card and when that money runs out you cannot buy any more? 
And is it permissible for the dealer to sell the item after taking possession of it, if the purchase is permissible in the first place? 
If buying is haraam, then what should the individual do with the items that he has taken possession of and paid for?.

Praise be to Allaah.

After reviewing the site mentioned, it is clear that it gives a grace period of five days to pay the price after the purchaser wins the auction, and nothing will be shipped until after the price has been received in full. It says on the site: “Payment Due Within 5 Days. Payment on any Product is due promptly, but no later than two (2) days after Bidz.com accepts your offer to buy a Product. Any payment not received within 5 days of when Bidz.com accepts your offer to buy a Product will be referred for collection. Continue reading

Stipulating that advertising revenue on his website depends on the number of visitors

With regard to advertising services on the internet, there is a site like Google that puts ads on your site, and as the site owner you get money for every user who clicks on the Google ad that is placed on your site and that links to the site of the company that is advertising. For example, if users click on 10 ads, he gets 10 dollars from Google. Is that permissible?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The contract described in the question is a contract that is based on reward and there is nothing wrong with it from a shar’i point of view, so long as the ads are free of haraam content and do not help with haraam things.

Among the permissible forms of reward-based contracts that the fuqaha’ have mentioned is when someone says: “Whoever brings back my stray camel will have such and such”. The evidence that reward-based contracts are permissible is the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“They said: ‘We have lost the (golden) bowl of the king and for him who produces it is (the reward of) a camel load; and I will be bound by it’”

[Yoosuf 12:72]  Continue reading

A website transfers money to anyone who answers certain questions

What is your opinion on money acquired by a person who uses the internet where there are some sites which ask the user to answer various questions which help certain research that the website is doing, and this is in return for transferring some money to the user? In general, what is the shar’i ruling on quick earnings which are made with no effort?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The ruling on this action depends on knowing what kind of questions the website is asking the user, so that we may determine whether it is really benefitting from them and whether this benefit comes under the heading of what is permissible or not? Or does it benefit from the user entering or registering on the site, or will it sell his information to a third party? All of these things happen on the internet.

If the subject matter of the questions is permissible, and that will not result in helping the website in any sinful activity, then there is nothing wrong with answering the questions and taking the money that the website sends in return.  Continue reading

He runs a company hosting web domains and found out that a website owner was using it to lure women

I run a company for web domains. Two months after selling a site, I found out that its owner is using it to seduce girls and then drag them to haram. He confessed to me before that he had haram relationships through internet. 
I have sent da’wah materials to him, so that may Allah guide him, but he insists on what he is doing. 
I have closed the website and put da’wah materials instead of its previous content, and wrote a warning message about this man’s bad intention so that the sisters are careful.  
Now he is asking for what he paid me initially, my question is: do I have to return what he paid or not?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the matter is as you describe, then you did well by shutting down the site and advising those who go to it, and we ask Allaah to reward you with good.

The basic principle is that contracts of hiring or renting are binding on both parties until the end of the specified time period, but if it becomes clear that the renter is renting the service for haraam purposes, then this makes it permissible for you to annul the contract.

As for the payment agreed upon for hosting web domains, you are entitled to a portion of it commensurate with the period during which he used the site, and you should return the rest to him.  Continue reading

Ruling on hosting a website which includes songs in some of its sections

I want to host websites, and one of the conditions of hosting will be that the sites do not include anything that goes against Islamic sharee’ah. But it is inevitable that among these sites there will be someone who puts some songs or something of that nature on his site. Is it obligatory to erase them, or can we simply advise him? If he refuses to erase them, then do I have to remove them? Please note that this will cause some damage to the reputation of my hosting service. I hope that you can explain this matter clearly.

Praise be to Allaah.

You have done well by stipulating that nothing should be included that goes against Islamic sharee’ah. If you state some examples, such as music, pictures of women and songs, that will be better, because some of those who use the internet may be unaware that these things go against sharee’ah.

Whether you stipulate these conditions or not, it is not permissible for those who sign up with you to put anything haraam on their sites, for disobedience to Allaah is something that must be avoided, and that does not depend on conditions stipulated by anyone. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever I have forbidden to you, avoid it.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7288; Muslim, 1337.  Continue reading

He pays to sign up for a website then he answers questions to win a prize

What is the ruling on the following quiz? 
A quiz on the Internet in which you buy a card of $25 and join the quiz, answer the questions and get the prize without drawing names or lots. The quiz consists of 30 questions; every ten questions form a stage. If you, for example, answer 15 questions correctly, but couldn’t answer the sixteenth question correctly, then you win the prize of passing the first stage only. And so on.

Praise be to Allaah.

This competition is a kind of gambling, and gambling is definitively forbidden by Allaah as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al‑Ansaab (stone altars for sacrifices to idols etc), and Al‑Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.

91. Shaytaan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allaah and from As‑Salaah (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?”

[al-Maa’idah 5:90-91]  Continue reading

Ruling on setting up a website for posting audio and video files

I want to set up a website for posting pictures and files on the internet. This is a simple explanation of what the website will do: a centre for pictures and files that will let you upload pictures and files from your computer to the internet, and make links to it so that you can take part in discussion boards or send them easily to whomever you want and without having to register (free service). The problem is that some users may upload pictures or files that contain things that go against Islamic sharee’ah such as pictures of women, indecent pictures or movies, songs and music, movie clips, stories of scandal and other kinds of pictures and movies that go against Islamic sharee’ah, because the site will not be continuously monitored. My question is: What is the ruling on this site? Will there be any sin on us for every unislamic file that is uploaded via our site? Is this work of ours regarded as spreading immorality or cooperating in sin and transgression? What is the ruling if the site is for uploading pictures only?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for you to set up this website, because it will be a cause of spreading sin to other sites and those who want to spread songs or haraam clips or pictures will be able to do so easily through this site. It makes no difference whether it is for pictures only or for pictures and audio and video clips. By means of this site you will be helping those who want to spread haraam things, and this is the kind of cooperation that is forbidden in the Book of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2]  Continue reading

She likes our website and wants to help her friend to find a job!

Since a few months I’m a loyal “fan” of your website. Since the internet, a new way of learning about Islam opened my eyes/heart. And I must say that I became a better Muslim since I surf your website and listen/read your lectures/articles etc…. So I would like to congratulate your team for the immense postive influence your site has on people (like me). As I’m extremely positive about the information on your site and the knowledge about Islam you provide, I would like to ask a question which is bothering me/my friend some time: Some time ago Dr Sakhar gave a lecture and talked about finding a job within 3 days if a Muslim knows how to proceed/behave… Unfortunately he did not mention the solutions/the way to handle. Please could you maybe help me how I can help a person finding a job through spiritual aide. If i may give you more background to the situation: Me and my friend know eachother through the net/phone since 1.5 year and we would like to make a life together. The problem is that he’s abroad (Kuwait) and needs a workpermit if he wants to setle in my country (Belgium). He would like to come over to Belgium, find a job, settle over here, and if our contacts (but also with our families) are both positive we would like to live together (marriage). So since a few months, me and my friend, are surfing like crazy through the web to find him a job, put cv’s online etc.. The difficulty is to find a job and an employer who would accept to make a workpermit for my friend (due to tough immigration law in Europe). We are intensively trying to find a solution since a few months but we still didnt succeed and we are both getting desperate, because we fear that not finding a job would be the answer that our destiny is not together. Please could you help us out how to come to peace with this situation as it is very stressy for both of us. Thank you so much in advance.

Praise be to Allaah.

We praise Allaah for blessing you with guidance and righteousness. We ask Allaah to make us and you steadfast in doing and saying that which pleases Him.

The believer turns to Allaah with regard to everything that happens to him, he turns to Him for all his needs. For Allaah is the One Who responds to the one in need when he calls upon Him and relieves his suffering. Allaah has told us that He is near and responds to the prayer of the one who calls upon Him. Du’aa’ is like a weapon in the hands of the believer, which he should use properly. So call upon Allaah and be certain that He will respond, and pursue the means of having your du’aa’ accepted, and choose the times when du’aa’s are answered. You can refer to question no. 5113 to learn more about these means.

I would also like to point out a matter that is of the utmost importance, which is that Muslims, men and women alike, should protect themselves from the things that lead to forming an emotional attachment to someone who is not a spouse. Of course a person may have no control over love, [?] but he or she may do things that lead to an increase in emotional attachment, such as conversations between a man and a woman that lead to stirrings of emotions and desires. This is forbidden as a means of closing the door and so that a person will not form an emotional attachment to a person whom it is difficult to get married to, which will lead to hardship for both parties and will distract the heart from its obligation to love Allaah and obey Him. Please see Question no. 9465 and 4775.

Hence we advise you to pray a lot of istikhaarah and make du’aa’ and turn to Allaah. We ask Allaah to decree good for us and for you in this world and in the Hereafter, and to make this thing easy for you if it is good for you. And may Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions. Continue reading

A Spanish newspaper is accusing our website of fanaticism and extremism

I am a seeker of knowledge from Spain, and I am the moderator of a chat room on Paltalk, through which we are trying to spread the teachings of Islam to both new Muslims and non-Muslims. Praise be to Allaah, many people have become Muslim because of this chat room. We are opposed to all acts of terrorism or anything that have any connection to violence in all forms. But a few days ago, a Spanish newspaper published an article in which it says that there are a number of chat rooms promoting violence. And they sad that those who visit these websites, when they do not find an answer to a question, they go to the Islam Q&A website which they describe as extremist and fanatic. I would like you to give us some advice as to how we should deal with this matter. We are not fanatics at all and we are not as they described us in the article.

Praise be to Allaah.

You should understand that the issue, for those Westerners who are hostile towards Islam and its people, is not the issue of any specific website or approach. Rather the issue is Islam in and of itself. If a person is Muslim then — in their estimation — he is an extremist and terrorist. This is an ancient element of European culture, since the time of the mobilisation for the crusades against Islam and Muslims. You should realise that the aim of this enmity and hatred is not to make us give up our approach or even to shut down websites — not at all. Rather the aim is that we should give up our  religion altogether and follow their religion. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) till you follow their religion. Say: ‘Verily, the Guidance of Allaah (i.e. Islamic Monotheism) that is the (only) Guidance. And if you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) were to follow their (Jews and Christians) desires after what you have received of Knowledge (i.e. the Qur’aan), then you would have against Allaah neither any Wali (protector or guardian) nor any helper’”

[al-Baqarah 2:120].

There are some points that we may note concerning this issue:

1.     What is the definition of fanaticism or extremism and terrorism according to that writer and others such as politicians, leaders and media figures? The world cannot agree on the meaning of each of these words. Everyone looks at these words and assumes that its meaning is what he himself understands from it, based on his religion or ideas or country or party. So how can we debate these matters when their definition is so unclear?!

2.     We are commanded to adhere to the religion of our Lord, may He be exalted, by entering into the religion of Allaah completely, and clinging strongly to it. Of course, this approach is not going to be liked by those Muslims who take the matter if religion lightly, so how do you expect the kaafir and mushrik to like it? Can such people be expected to help the Muslims to adhere to the religion of Allaah or to encourage them not to be heedless with regard to matters of their religion?

3.     We — if Allaah wills — on this website of ours and our brothers on the other fatwa websites of Ahl al-Sunnah, do not make it our aim when answering any question to please any state, party or group that belongs to Islam, so would we take into account a kaafir’s approval of what we say and issue fatwas on that basis concerning the religion of Allaah? We do not rejoice in their praise of what they think is in accordance with their reason and principles, and we will not be harmed either — if Allaah wills — by their criticism of what we say. They have their religion and we have our religion; they have their Lord and we have our Lord.

“We are pleased with what we have and you are pleased with what you have and our opinions differ.” Continue reading