Reading through long terms and conditions

Q: What is the solution to long terms and conditions? I need to make a PayPal account but before I can register it says something like “I confirm I have read, consent and agree to the User Agreement and Privacy Policy” but these I read contain 36,000 something words! It is a waste of time and I want to know if I am allowed to just tick “Yes”, because I don’t want to lie, but I need to use the service, please give me your advice. Is being ambiguous ok? Like, if I find a program that “reads” the terms and conditions, for example if I click “Read” and the program “reads it” so technically I could say ambiguously “I have read … ” and so on.


A: Obviously, it is a lie when you have not read everything.

If this is known to the person you are dealing with and he is comfortable with that then this is alright.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)