Using phone credit as price for objects
Fatwa No: 356638

  • Fatwa Date:1-1-2018 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 14, 1439
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Assalaamu alaykum. I know that a mobile phone credit transaction is permissible because the commodity we bought is not the same as money (it is a calling service, which has a value). Recently, however, there are so many transactions which involve real objects paid for by those balances. For example, the Google Play Store sold an application, and one of the methods is to charge our mobile phone balance, which includes a government tax, and the provider will also take 2% of the price for their own service. So, in fact, the mobile phone balance can be used to pay, just like real money. Is this permissible? I have made several payments this way; if it is haram, what should I do? Please reply immediately.


All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

It is not clear to us how the mobile phone credit is used as a price for buying these things. However, generally speaking, the price could be paid in the form of cash, a tradeable item, or a benefit (usufruct).

Al-Hajjaawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him underlined that the jurists' definition of a sale is as follows, "It is the exchange of cash in return for cash, even if it is on credit (deferred), or a lawful benefit (usufruct) in return for their like on a permanent basis with no usury or loan involved..." [Al-Iqnaa‘]

Hence, the price could be an object or a benefit (usufruct), and phone credit is considered a benefit. Therefore, there is no harm in using phone credit as a price for buying services or commodities or the like.

Allah knows best.

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