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Ruling on Using an Electric Heater in the Work place

I`m a university employee. My shift starts at eight am and ends at five pm. During this period, I use an electric heater to make coffee and the like. What is the ruling of Sharia on this?

Answer:
Praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds.

If the university`s administration bans using electrical appliances that consume a great deal of electricity, then it isn`t permissible for you to violate the university`s policy in this regard and transgress against its property. The evidence on this is that Allah says, "O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: But let there be amongst you Traffic and trade by mutual good-will: Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily God hath been to you Most Merciful! If any do that in rancour and injustice,- soon shall We cast them into the Fire: And easy it is for God."{An-Nisa`, 29-30}.

However, if the university`s administration doesn`t object to that, then there is nothing wrong with your using that heater. And Allah the Almighty knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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