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Downloading cracked Apps and touching the Quran on handheld devices

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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.ย  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-salฤmu โ€˜alaykum wa-rahmatullฤhi wa-barakฤtuh.

Apptrackr define themselves with the following,

โ€œa website which makes it easy for you to download and install cracked apps on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Itโ€™s the replacement website for Appulous.โ€[i]

The site further states:

โ€œWe do not serve cracked applications from our servers (we merely link to where the cracked apps can be found) we are arguably notย directlyย facilitating copyright infringement.โ€[ii]

Crackingย 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 beenย โ€Crackedโ€.

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 Qurโ€™an.ย  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 Qurโ€™an on it.[v]

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

The first opinion is the awraโ€™ (precautionary) view and the second opinion is the awsaโ€™ (accommodating) view.

And Allah Taโ€™ฤla Knows Best

Mawlana Faraz Ibn Adam,
Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[iii] ูˆููŠ ุจุฏุงุฆุน ุงู„ุตู†ุงุฆุน

ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ุงู„ุชูŽู‘ุตูŽุฑูู‘ูู ูููŠ ู…ูู„ู’ูƒู ุงู„ู’ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ุจูุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ุฅุฐู’ู†ูู‡ู (ุฌ 2 ุต 234 ุฏุงุฑ ุงู„ูƒุชุจ ุงู„ุนู„ู…ูŠุฉ)


ูˆููŠ ู…ุฌู…ุน ุงู„ุถู…ุงู†ุงุช

ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ุงู„ุชูŽู‘ุตูŽุฑูู‘ูู ูููŠ ู…ูŽุงู„ู ุงู„ู’ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ุจูู„ูŽุง ุฅุฐู’ู†ูุŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ุฏูŽู„ูŽุงู„ูŽุฉู (ุต 143 ุฏุงุฑ ุงู„ูƒุชุงุจ ุงู„ุฅุณู„ุงู…ูŠ)


ูˆููŠ ุฑุฏ ุงู„ู…ุญุชุงุฑ

ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ุงู„ุชูŽู‘ุตูŽุฑูู‘ูู ูููŠ ู…ูŽุงู„ู ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูู‡ู ุจูู„ูŽุง ุฅุฐู’ู†ูู‡ู ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูˆูู„ูŽุงูŠูŽุชูู‡ู (ุฌ 6 ุต 200 ุฃูŠุฌ ุฃูŠู… ุณุนูŠุฏ)


[iv] ูˆููŠ ุงู„ู„ุจุงุจ

ูˆู„ู… ูŠุญู„ ู„ู‡ ุงู„ุงู†ุชูุงุน ุจู‡ุง ุญุชู‰ ูŠุคุฏูŠ ุจุฏู„ู‡ุง (ุต 370 ุฏุงุฑ ู‚ุจุงุก)


[v] ูˆููŠ ุงู„ุฌูˆู‡ุฑุฉ ุงู„ู†ูŠุฑุฉ

ูˆูŽูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ู„ูŽู‡ู ู…ูŽุณูู‘ ุดูŽูŠู’ุกู ู…ูŽูƒู’ุชููˆุจู ูููŠู‡ู ุดูŽูŠู’ุกูŒ ู…ูู†ู’ ุงู„ู’ู‚ูุฑู’ุขู†ู ู…ูู†ู’ ู„ูŽูˆู’ุญู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุฏูุฑู’ู‡ูŽู…ู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ุฅุฐูŽุง ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุขูŠูŽุฉู‹ ุชูŽุงู…ูŽู‘ุฉู‹ (ุฌ 1 ุต 39 ู…ูŠุฑ ู…ุญู…ุฏ ูƒุชุจ ุฎุงู†ู‡)

[vi] ูˆููŠ ุฑุฏ ุงู„ู…ุญุชุงุฑ

ุฃูŽูŠู’ ุงู„ู’ู‚ูุฑู’ุขู†ู ูˆูŽู„ูŽูˆู’ ูููŠ ู„ูŽูˆู’ุญู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุฏูุฑู’ู‡ูŽู…ู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุญูŽุงุฆูุทูุŒ ู„ูŽูƒูู†ู’ ู„ูŽุง ูŠูู…ู’ู†ูŽุนู ุฅู„ูŽู‘ุง ู…ูู†ู’ ู…ูŽุณูู‘ ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูƒู’ุชููˆุจูุŒ ุจูุฎูู„ูŽุงูู ุงู„ู’ู…ูุตู’ุญูŽูู ููŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ู…ูŽุณูู‘ ุงู„ู’ุฌูู„ู’ุฏู ูˆูŽู…ูŽูˆู’ุถูุนู ุงู„ู’ุจูŽูŠูŽุงุถู ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ู.(ุฌ 1 ุต 293 ุฃูŠุฌ ุฃูŠู… ุณุนูŠุฏ)


ูˆูƒุฐุง ููŠ ุฃุญุณู† ุงู„ูุชุงูˆู‰ ุฌ 2 ุต 31 ุฃูŠุฌ ุฃูŠู… ุณุนูŠุฏ


ูˆููŠ ุงู„ุจุญุฑ ุงู„ุฑุงุฆู‚

ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ู…ูŽุณูู‘ ุงู„ู’ู…ูุตู’ุญูŽูู ูƒูู„ูู‘ู‡ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูƒู’ุชููˆุจู ูˆูŽุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูู‡ู ุจูุฎูู„ูŽุงูู ุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูู‡ู ููŽุฅูู†ูŽู‘ู‡ู ู„ูŽุง ูŠูู…ู’ู†ูŽุนู ุฅู„ูŽู‘ุง ู…ูŽุณูู‘ ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูƒู’ุชููˆุจู ูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ุฐูŽูƒูŽุฑูŽู‡ู ูููŠ ุงู„ุณูู‘ุฑูŽุงุฌู ุงู„ู’ูˆูŽู‡ูŽู‘ุงุฌู ู…ูŽุนูŽ ุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ุฃูŽูˆูŽู‘ู„ู ุงุฎู’ุชูู„ูŽุงูู‹ุง ููŽู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ูููŠ ุบูŽุงูŠูŽุฉู ุงู„ู’ุจูŽูŠูŽุงู†ูุŒ ูˆูŽู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ุจูŽุนู’ุถู ู…ูŽุดูŽุงูŠูุฎูู†ูŽุง ุงู„ู’ู…ูุนู’ุชูŽุจูŽุฑู ุญูŽู‚ููŠู‚ูŽุฉู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูƒู’ุชููˆุจู ุญูŽุชูŽู‘ู‰ ุฅู†ู’ ู…ูŽุณูŽู‘ ุงู„ู’ุฌูู„ู’ุฏูŽ ูˆูŽู…ูŽุณูŽู‘ ู…ูŽูˆูŽุงุถูุนูŽ ุงู„ู’ุจูŽูŠูŽุงุถู ู„ูŽุง ูŠููƒู’ุฑูŽู‡ูุ› ู„ูุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ู‡ู ู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูŽู…ูŽุณูŽู‘ ุงู„ู’ู‚ูุฑู’ุขู†ูŽ ูˆูŽู‡ูŽุฐูŽุง ุฃูŽู‚ู’ุฑูŽุจู ุฅู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู’ู‚ููŠูŽุงุณู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ู…ูŽู†ู’ุนู ุฃูŽู‚ู’ุฑูŽุจู ุฅู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ุชูŽู‘ุนู’ุธููŠู…ู ุงู‡ู€.(ุฌ 1 ุต 211)

ุจุฑูŠู‚ุฉ ู…ุญู…ูˆุฏูŠุฉ ููŠ ุดุฑุญ ุทุฑูŠู‚ุฉ ู…ุญู…ุฏูŠุฉ ูˆุดุฑูŠุนุฉ ู†ุจูˆูŠุฉ

( ูˆูŽูƒูุชูŽุงุจูŽุฉู ุงู„ู’ู‚ูุฑู’ุขู†ู ุจูุงู„ู’ุฌูŽู†ูŽุงุจูŽุฉู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุญูŽูŠู’ุถู ูˆูŽุงู„ู†ูู‘ููŽุงุณู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฏูŽุซู ูˆูŽูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ู…ูŽุณูู‘ ู‡ูŽุคูู„ูŽุงุกู ุงู„ู’ู…ูุตู’ุญูŽููŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ุชูŽู‘ูู’ุณููŠุฑูŽ ูˆูŽู…ูŽุง ูƒูุชูุจูŽ ูููŠู‡ู ุขูŠูŽุฉูŒ ) ู…ูู†ู’ ู‚ูุฑู’ุทูŽุงุณู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ู„ูŽูˆู’ุญู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุฏูุฑู’ู‡ูŽู…ู ูˆูŽูููŠ ุงู„ุชูู‘ุญู’ููŽุฉู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูƒู’ุฑููˆู‡ู ู…ูŽุณูู‘ ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูƒู’ุชููˆุจู ู„ูŽุง ู…ูŽูˆูŽุงุถูุนู ุงู„ู’ุจูŽูŠูŽุงุถู (ุฌ 5 ุต 397)


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