Q: I used to have three TVs and a VCR at home which I used to watch, and it is a known fact that what is broadcasted and presented on them is either prohibited or doubtful. Now, praise be to Allah, I stay away from these things after repenting to Allah. Moreover, I - praise be to Allah - bought a piece of land to build a Masjid (mosque) on it and I am in need of an extra amount of money to complete the price of that land.My question is:
Can I sell the TVs and the VCR
and use their money to pay those who will build the Masjid or to help in the construction process? Moreover, if I sell these gadgets, to whom should I sell them, since what is presented and broadcasted on these gadgets are evil things?
You are allowed to leave the TV and the VCR in your home if you can control yourself, and you should only use them for listening to useful religious and scientific lectures, the recitation of the Qur'an, news bulletins, the political news and similar things which are allowable to watch and listen to. If you cannot do that, then do not sell them because those who buy them from you will mostly use them in useless things and watching prohibited materials, and thus, you should get rid of them to relieve yourself from that evil and Allah will reward you. However, if you find a person who you think will use them in permissible acts, then there is no blame on you if you sell them to him. (Part No. 13; Page No. 47)
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.