Using the telephone at work for personal calls

Reference: al-A’maal – Pages 7-8

Question: What is the ruling about the one who took something from his [place of] work – whether it was a little or a lot; and likewise, using the work telephone [for personal calls]?

Response: [Regarding] the work that is before you, then you are entrusted with it; Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:

{O you who have believed, do not betray Allaah and the Messenger or betray your trusts while you know [the consequence]}, soorah al-Anfaal, aayah 27

So, it is from betrayal that you misappropriate anything which you have been entrusted with, even if the chairman [of the company] has permitted you. That is because quite possibly he doesn’t have actual ownership of anything [in the company]. If, however, he does have actual ownership, and is permitted to do so [by the company], then there is no harm in taking [what he grants you permission to take].

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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