I owned part of a shop for songs recording. After knowing that our work in recording songs is unlawful, we estimated the shop and its contents at the price of 40,000 SR.
I then bought the share of my partner and paid him 20,000 SR intending to close the shop and destroy its contents. One of my brothers asked a shaykh about this and he told him I should sell the shop and give its price as charity instead of destroying its contents and wasting money. After this Fatwa, I felt confused; should I sell it, destroy it, or turn it into an Islamic recordings shop, a choice that will cost me 20,000 SR? I cannot afford this sum of money, for I am a prisoner.Your Eminence General Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research and Ifta', I hope to receive a written Fatwa in this regard:Should I sell the shop with its contents and give its value as charity or destroy the tapes and sell the equipment and the decor to other shops of recording stereo songs because this equipment is very expensive? (Part No. 26; Page No. 329) It should be noted that the stereo equipment is used only in recording songs. I appreciate your advice! May Allah reward you with the best!
Knowing the legal ruling of your work is a blessing from Allah, for which you should thank Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He). With regard to your recordings shop, you should turn it into an Islamic recordings shop.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.