Category: Business Matters
Fatwa#: 39203
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Oct 19,2017

Title: Illegal Phone

Question

Assalamu'alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh ( السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللّٰهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ )


I bought a brand new xiaomi smartphone in 2016. But the next year after i checked on government regulations website, my phone was "indeed" proven illegal. Illegal here means imported without any permissions from the government (not stolen, i already know the rules about stolen items). So no doubt about this.


This leaves me questions:
- What is the ruling for anything that we bought, we didn't know it is illegal at the beginning, but then it is proven illegal afterwards? (again, illegal here = "avoid taxes" not stolen items)

- Am i allowed to continue using this or should i get rid of it?

- What level of investigations should every muslims do for each business transaction like this?
Please give me correct daleel for these matters. Thank you very much.


Jazaakumullahu khairan ( جَزَاكُمُ اللّٰهُ خَيْرًا ).

Answer

 

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

If you purchased the phone from the owner, you became the owner of the phone. You are entitled to the use of the phone[i].

However, a Muslim should avoid putting himself in an embarrassing situation[ii]. If there are legal implications for you buying and using such a phone, you should seek legal advice and avoid being against the law[iii].

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammaad Yaasir Iunus Hussen

Student Darul Iftaa
Mozambique 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 



 

1 البيع ينعقد بالإيجاب والقبول

البناية شرح الهداية (8/ 4)

 

2 حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بَشَّارٍ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ عَاصِمٍ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ زَيْدٍ، عَنْ الحَسَنِ، عَنْ جُنْدَبٍ، عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «لَا يَنْبَغِي لِلْمُؤْمِنِ أَنْ يُذِلَّ نَفْسَهُ» قَالُوا: وَكَيْفَ يُذِلُّ نَفْسَهُ؟ قَالَ: «يَتَعَرَّضُ مِنَ البَلَاءِ لِمَا لَا يُطِيقُ»: هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ غَرِيبٌ

-شركة مكتبة ومطبعة مصطفى البابي الحلبي سنن الترمذي ت شاكر (4/ 523) 3 

سنن أبي داود (3/ 133) 

وَتَجِبُ طَاعَةُ الْإِمَامِ عَادِلًا كَانَ أَوْ جَائِرًا إذَا لَمْ يُخَالِفْ الشَّرْعَ

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (4/ 263)

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، قَالَ: «السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ عَلَى المَرْءِ المُسْلِمِ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ، مَا لَمْ يُؤْمَرْ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ، فَإِذَا أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلاَ سَمْعَ وَلاَ طَاعَةَ»

صحيح البخاري (9/ 63) 

فتاوی دینیہ جلد چہارم،۱۹۶

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