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Deleting a recording of an incorrect statement one made

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Q: If someone did a radio play for university coursework and their character in the script said an utterance of shirk, for example if they said “christ” and they recorded this, does that mean the sin is there and even if I deleted the recordings but there might be a file somewhere.

I knew it was wrong but I thought because its a character and I’m speaking the lines of that so it doesn’t matter too much. Then I remembered how bad it was and the fact that it was part of the radio play. Now I’m trying to delete the recordings and finding out if it’s anywhere else on my laptop. I deleted them and edited it out of the radio play but I am still stressed. Its because its recorded and I feel like if the cache or bit of the recording is still in the computer somewhere then is it still shirk?


A: Try your best to erase them.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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