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Downloading cracked Apps and touching the Quran on handheld devices

I would like to know if I can read a Quran that has been downloaded through apptrackr.org for the iPad this app Quraan majeed is normally sold on the Appstore for $4.99 but is available for free on this site.  Can I download other apps from this site?

2) if I am travelling and not in the state of wudhu can I read Quran or any other handheld electronic device without wudhu?


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


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

Apptrackr define themselves with the following,

“a website which makes it easy for you to download and install cracked apps on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It’s the replacement website for Appulous.”[i]


The site further states:

“We do not serve cracked applications from our servers (we merely link to where the cracked apps can be found) we are arguably not directly facilitating copyright infringement.”[ii]


Cracking is defined as the attempt to remove the copy protections inserted into software programs. A program successfully stripped of protections is then known as having been ”Cracked”.


As these applications are potentially cracked and stolen items, it will be impermissible to download apps from the website in reference.[iii]


Likewise, it will not be permissible to use the App with the Qur’an.  It is not permissible to utilise a stolen item.[iv]


With regards to your second query, there are two opinions in the classical Hanafi works regarding touching everything besides the mushaf.


According to one opinion, wudhu will be required in order to touch anything which has a verse of the Qur’an on it.[v]


Another opinion states that wudhu will not be needed to touch the actual object which has the verse of the Qur’an inscribed on it.  However, one cannot touch the actual writing of the Qur’an without wudhu. [vi]


The first opinion is the awra’ (precautionary) view and the second opinion is the awsa’ (accommodating) view.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mawlana Faraz Ibn Adam,
Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[iii] وفي بدائع الصنائع

وَلَا يَجُوزُ التَّصَرُّفُ فِي مِلْكِ الْغَيْرِ بِغَيْرِ إذْنِهِ (ج 2 ص 234 دار الكتب العلمية)


وفي مجمع الضمانات

لَا يَجُوزُ التَّصَرُّفُ فِي مَالِ الْغَيْرِ بِلَا إذْنٍ، وَلَا دَلَالَةٍ (ص 143 دار الكتاب الإسلامي)


وفي رد المحتار

لَا يَجُوزُ التَّصَرُّفُ فِي مَالِ غَيْرِهِ بِلَا إذْنِهِ وَلَا وِلَايَتِهِ (ج 6 ص 200 أيج أيم سعيد)


[iv] وفي اللباب

ولم يحل له الانتفاع بها حتى يؤدي بدلها (ص 370 دار قباء)


[v] وفي الجوهرة النيرة

وَكَذَا لَا يَجُوزُ لَهُ مَسُّ شَيْءٍ مَكْتُوبٍ فِيهِ شَيْءٌ مِنْ الْقُرْآنِ مِنْ لَوْحٍ أَوْ دِرْهَمٍ أَوْ غَيْرِ ذَلِكَ إذَا كَانَ آيَةً تَامَّةً (ج 1 ص 39 مير محمد كتب خانه)

[vi] وفي رد المحتار

أَيْ الْقُرْآنِ وَلَوْ فِي لَوْحٍ أَوْ دِرْهَمٍ أَوْ حَائِطٍ، لَكِنْ لَا يُمْنَعُ إلَّا مِنْ مَسِّ الْمَكْتُوبِ، بِخِلَافِ الْمُصْحَفِ فَلَا يَجُوزُ مَسُّ الْجِلْدِ وَمَوْضِعِ الْبَيَاضِ مِنْهُ.(ج 1 ص 293 أيج أيم سعيد)


وكذا في أحسن الفتاوى ج 2 ص 31 أيج أيم سعيد


وفي البحر الرائق

لَا يَجُوزُ مَسُّ الْمُصْحَفِ كُلِّهِ الْمَكْتُوبِ وَغَيْرِهِ بِخِلَافِ غَيْرِهِ فَإِنَّهُ لَا يُمْنَعُ إلَّا مَسُّ الْمَكْتُوبِ كَذَا ذَكَرَهُ فِي السِّرَاجِ الْوَهَّاجِ مَعَ أَنَّ فِي الْأَوَّلِ اخْتِلَافًا فَقَالَ فِي غَايَةِ الْبَيَانِ، وَقَالَ بَعْضُ مَشَايِخِنَا الْمُعْتَبَرُ حَقِيقَةُ الْمَكْتُوبِ حَتَّى إنْ مَسَّ الْجِلْدَ وَمَسَّ مَوَاضِعَ الْبَيَاضِ لَا يُكْرَهُ؛ لِأَنَّهُ لَمْ يَمَسَّ الْقُرْآنَ وَهَذَا أَقْرَبُ إلَى الْقِيَاسِ وَالْمَنْعُ أَقْرَبُ إلَى التَّعْظِيمِ اهـ.(ج 1 ص 211)

بريقة محمودية في شرح طريقة محمدية وشريعة نبوية

( وَكِتَابَةُ الْقُرْآنِ بِالْجَنَابَةِ وَالْحَيْضِ وَالنِّفَاسِ وَالْحَدَثِ وَكَذَا مَسُّ هَؤُلَاءِ الْمُصْحَفَ وَالتَّفْسِيرَ وَمَا كُتِبَ فِيهِ آيَةٌ ) مِنْ قِرْطَاسٍ أَوْ لَوْحٍ أَوْ دِرْهَمٍ وَفِي التُّحْفَةِ الْمَكْرُوهُ مَسُّ الْمَكْتُوبِ لَا مَوَاضِعُ الْبَيَاضِ (ج 5 ص 397)



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