Removing a poster from the musalla notice board

Q: The ‘Al Baraka Bank’ had put up a big poster on the note board of a Jamaat Khana. It was a job advertisement, supposedly aimed at the students attending a nearby university. Furthermore, this ‘Al Baraka Bank’ had hired out a lecture venue at the university. This is for any students wanting to ask questions about the possible career opportunities at the bank etc. The time they set aside for this was between 12:30 and 13:10. When I saw this poster, I was overcome with extreme anger and disgust. When the Jamaat Khana was completely empty, and no one to see me, I removed this poster, tore it up, and threw it in the bin. I am not a trustee of this Jamaat Khana nor do I have any position of authority. If I were to had initially report this poster to the trustees or the Imaam, they would not see anything wrong in this advertising and would not do anything. (1) Since I was not the owner of this evil poster, nor do I have any authority of the Jamaat Khana, was I permitted in discarding the poster? (2) If I acted incorrectly, please advise as to how I can remedy my action.


A: Insha-Allah, you will not be sinful.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)