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“Spying or checking on somebody else’s phone without permission is committing a forbidden act.”

Snooping on your spouse’s phone without her/his knowledge isn’t just unethical, but works against the basic premise of a marriage.

Islam prohibits people to spy on each other, whether it is between spouses, friends, siblings or between two individuals in any relationship.

The news came to light after a woman in Ajman, UAE, was charged for snooping on her husband’s phone.

The fine that will be imposed according to existing laws is expected to be somewhere between Dh 300,000 (PKR 0.6 million) to Dh 500,000 (PKR 10.4 million).

Dr. Ali Ahmed Mashael at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department under Article 212 said: “Spying or checking on somebody else’s phone without permission is committing a forbidden act.”

He added that these sort of acts lead to the loss of confidence in relationships, and it only increases the suspicions 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 these things, as “Islam has already deprived such misconducts even before human ordinances came into being. Religious instructions precede human laws.”

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