Q: I would like
to open a store for rentals and sales of video tapes which are approved by
the Ministry of Information and adhere to their regulations remaining in accord with Islamic guidelines. Is this business or the profit gained from it Haram (prohibited), bearing in mind that I do not want to involve myself in any work which is displeasing to Allah? Video sales is the only small business project needing no great capital, yet can produce a good income. Please advise as I am unclear regarding this matter.
Video, television, radio and other mass media may not be judged on their own to be Halal (lawful) or Haram, for they are no more than devices. It is the manner in which these instruments are used that can be judged. Thus, if they are used for purely prohibited or most likely prohibited purposes, they will be prohibited. Otherwise, they will be Halal. Accordingly, if you use video for good purposes only as you mentioned, it will be good; otherwise, it will be evil.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.