Q 1: I want to
open a shop for selling and renting videotapes
that the Ministry of Information approves of and I adhere to their regulations and remain in accordance with the 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 constitute the only small business project needing no great capital, yet can produce good income. Please, advise as I am confused 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 or if its good and evil purposes are equal, they will be prohibited. Otherwise, they will be Halal.Accordingly, if you use videos for good purposes only as you (Part No. 26; Page No. 280) 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.