Q: WordPress.com is a website hosting service provider. The company offers a free website plan (package). A downside of the free plan is that WordPress.com will occasional display an advertisement on one’s website. One has no control over the content and images appearing in these advertisements. As long as the advertised content is not (sexually) mature or illegal, it can appear on one’s website. All advertisements are either a still image or a playable video. The appearance of haraam advertisements are likely and are often observed. One does not gain any income from these advertisements in the free package. Only logged-in WordPress account holders do not see advertisements.
1. Is it permissible to host an Islamic website using this free WordPress.com website plan?
2. Is it permissible to host a non-Islamic website using this free WordPress.com website plan?
3. Is it permissible to host and design websites for non-Muslims using this free WordPress.com website plan?
1 – 2. Just decline such a service where you have no control over it.
3. Yes, provided you are not designing or promoting anything against Islam.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)