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Ruling on repairing machines that are usually used for haram purposes

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Publication : 22-06-2008

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Question

Is repairing TVs, tape recorders, VCRs and receivers halal or haram?.

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

These machines may be used for permissible purposes, or they may be used for haram purposes, which is what usually happens, such as watching pictures of women who are clothed yet naked, or listening to music. 

Hence it is not permissible to repair them unless that is done for one whom it is known or is thought most likely will use them for permissible purposes. But if it is known or is thought most likely that a person will use them for haram purposes, it is not permissible to help him to fix his machine. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

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

[al-Maa'idah 5:2]

The Standing Committee For Issuing Fatwas was asked the following question: 

I work as an electronic engineer, and part of my work is fixing radios, TVs, VCRs and the like. I hope that you can advise me as to whether I should continue in this work, knowing that if I do not do this work I will miss out on a lot of experience and the profession for which I have been studying all my life, and I may suffer a lot of harm because of not doing this. 

They replied: 

The evidence of sharee’ah, from the Quran and Sunnah, indicates that the Muslim must strive to find a good source of income. So you have to look for work where your income will be good (i.e., halal). As for earning a living from the work that you mention, this is not good, because these machines are usually used for haram purposes. 

From Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 14/420. 

And Allah knows best.

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