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Earning by deceiving people through fake websites

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Q: I am an Internet marketer I have been working since 4-5 years as a marketer. Let me explain to you what kind of work I do? Also, I want to know if its income is haram or halal.

First thing, I buy a domain, I pay for hosting and create a site, its actually a fake site which contain content like Free Super Market Coupon, Free Movie Tickets, Free Airline tickets. What my site says to visitors is that they will get a coupon if they share the site with friends. Actually they never win a coupon, its a fake site created by me, when they share the site, they get redirected to an offer page, which has an image of a coupon on the back and tells the user to register or fill in a survey to get the coupon. When they fill in the survey or register with that offer I get a lead like $1 – $2 for each user. When the user shares the site with someone or if a visitor shares the site with their friends and they also visit the same site, they also share it, so my site goes viral. I want to know whether earning like this is haram or halal? 

Bismillaah

A: To speak a lie is haraam, though the earning is not haraam.

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

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Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)


 

Q: What if I mention on the site  “This is a Fake site”, will it work?

Bismillaah

A: It will be permissible.

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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