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Declaring that “I have read and agree with the terms and conditions” without having read them

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ASSALAAM O ALAIKUM

 Is it valid(jaaiz) to declare that “I have read and agree with terms and conditions ” or just simply I” agree with terms and conditions”,  of any website when creating account etc without reading them ?

because majority i think declare it without reading

and if we are creating 5-6 accounts on different sites ,its very difficult to read all of their terms and conditions

Answer

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

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The purpose of the declaration in reference is to agree with the terms and conditions. Once the box is ticked, one agrees with their terms and conditions irrespective of whether they read it or not. It is also a known fact that most people do not read the terms and conditions.

If one declares “I agree” without reading the terms and conditions, then he assumes all the responsibilities and risks that are contained in the agreement. Hence, one will be excused to tick the box without having read the terms and conditions[1].

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury

Student, Darul Iftaa

Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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[1] الأشباه والنظائر لابن نجيم (ص: 104)

الثانية : الأمور بمقاصدها .

الرابعة : المشقة تجلب التيسير .

الخامسة : الضرر يزال .

السادسة : العادة محكمة .

 

مجلة الأحكام العدلية (ص: 16)

(المادة 2) : الأمور بمقاصدها.

يعني: أن الحكم الذي يترتب على أمر يكون على مقتضى ما هو المقصود من ذلك الأمر.

(المادة 3) : العبرة في العقود للمقاصد والمعاني لا للألفاظ والمباني” ولذا يجري حكم الرهن في البيع بالوفاء.

 

مرشد الحيران إلى معرفة أحوال الإنسان (ص: 36)

(مادة 220) العبرة في العقود للمقاصد والمعاني لا للألفاظ والمباني.

 

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