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How Should I Get Rid of My Film Collection?

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I wanted to ask as to what to do with my Hollywood film collection-which has been building up over the last few years? Should I just throw them away, or can I sell them? If I take the latter option, will the money be considered haram or halaal, and in which way should it be spent?


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

It is worth remembering the following principle (qa’ida fiqhiyya):

“That which is impermissible to take is impermissible to give.” (See: Majallat al-Ahkam al-Adliyya, item: 34)

One of the commentators of the Majalla, Allama Ali Heydar (Allah have mercy on him) states:

“Meaning, to give something unlawful (m: as a gift or by selling it) and to take something that is unlawful, both are equal in prohibition (m: and sin).” (1/43)

Based on the above, it will not be permitted for one to acquire, sell, or give video tapes or DVDs consisting of unlawful recordings such as nudity, music, obscenity, violence and other unlawful and immoral activities, as is the case generally with the various movie productions. Trading in them would be unlawful, with the wages being considered filthy.

Thus, you should avoid selling the various Hollywood film collections you have in your possession, even to non-Muslims. What you can do is erase the recordings from the tapes and DVDs, and then sell the empty tape or DVD. In this way, you will not lose out totally on the money you invested in purchasing these tapes, and the money would be halal.

However, if you are unwilling or unable to do this, you have no choice but to do away with the various tapes you have in your possession. If you have already sold some of the tapes, you will need to dispose off the money acquired by giving it to the poor and needy, without the intention of gaining reward.

And Allah knows best

[Mufti] Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK

This answer was collected from Daruliftaa.com, which is headed by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari. He’s based in the United Kingdom.

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