Signing a letter without reading it

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Q: I moved to another house and my previous landlord kept my deposit and they made me sign a letter that I did not read. That letter was mandatory to sign to vacate the house. After moving to another house, they sent me a letter and said I pay some amount of money for cleaning the previous house. I want to ask if I will not pay that amount and I signed the paper (which was mentioned to you above) so it is dishonesty or a sin?


A: It was wrong for you to sign without reading the letter. You may notify the landlord that you signed without reading the letter hence you are not under any obligation.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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