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Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Fatwaa.com

Assalamu alaikum,
A lot of free apps are available on play store. Some of these apps earn money through advertisements which may contain images of female not fully covered or like so which sharia consider inappropriate. So can i use these apps with the intention of only getting its benefits ( like news apps).

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

If the pictures are not displayed constantly whilst using the app, then it will be permissible to use the app. For example, if the picture only comes in the beginning,  then you can simply not look at the screen at that time.

However, if it is not possible to use the app except with looking at the pictures of females, then it will not be permissible to use such an app.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best

Wassalaam,

Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

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