Electricity Meter Fraud Fatwa

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What is the Fatwa on committing electricity fraud by tampering with the meter so that the reading is lower than the usage?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


Electricity fraud and tampering with the meter is a form of theft and deception and is therefore prohibited.

قال الله تعالى: إن الله يأمركم أن تؤدوا الأمانات إلى أهلها. وقال تعالى: يا أيها الذين آمنوا لا تأكلوا أموالكم بينكم بالباطل، الآية. وقال تعالى: وأوفوا بالعهد. وراجع خير الفتاوى (٦/٧٢٦) ومحمود الفتاوى (٦/٥٦٣)۔

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

10 Jumādā al-Ūlā 1440 / 16 January 2019

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmed and Mufti Muhammad Tahir

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