Seeing as how this practice is becoming common, Dubai’s Grand Mufti has also chimed in and declared that this behavior is Haram, after news of a similar case surfaced in Ajman, UAE.
Woman Charged Under Article 212 in UAE
This news came to light after a woman in Ajman, UAE, was charged for snooping on her husband’s phone. The woman, who is in her thirties, is set to pay a hefty fine. But that’s not all, as she will also be deported for committing that offence.
Reports have not stated how much fine will be imposed but according to existing laws, it is expected to be somewhere between Dh 300,000 (PKR 0.6 million) to Dh 500,000 (PKR 10.4 million).
The man lodged a complaint with the Ajman court after he caught the woman transferring photos from his phone to her own through Whatsapp.
The women was found guilty under Article 212 along with the Cyber Crime Law which deals with the “use of a computer network and/or electronic information system or any information technology for the invasion of privacy of another person…”
Article 14 of the Cyber Crime Law also prohibits obtaining of any code or password, which can help unlocking any electronic site without consent.
The penalty for such acts involves imprisonment and as mentioned before, hefty fines ranging from Dh 300,000 (PKR 0.6 million) to Dh 500,000 (PKR 10.4 million).
Grand Mufti’s Fatwa
The Grand Mufti at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, Dr Ali Ahmed Mashael, said:
“Spying or checking on somebody else’s phone without permission is committing a forbidden act.”
He added that acts such as these lead to loss of confidence and it only increases the suspicion and mistrust among the couple. All this amounts to living a troubled life, he added.
Dr. Ali also stated that Muslims should avoid indulging themselves in things like this as “Islam has already deprived such misconducts even before human ordinances came into being. Religious instructions precede human laws.”