Islam Q&A: Is it required to specify the length of the rental period, and what is the ruling on paying per click for advertisements?

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Q: A place on a webpage is specified for advertising for other websites. Is it a must or not to specify the period of time for renting this place, by saying: “I will put the advertisement on my website for one year”? Is it permissible to take the fees according to how many persons click on the advertisement, for example 1 SR per click?.

A: There is nothing wrong with renting a space on a website for advertisements for other sites, so long as those sites do not contain anything haraam, such as websites for men and women to get to know one another, or websites for haraam music and movies and plays, or immoral audio and video links, or sites for followers of innovation, and so on. It is not permissible to advertise for these, because that is taking part with them in the haraam things that they are promoting.

..As for the length of the rental period, one of the conditions of a rental contract being valid is that the period should be known, and the rent should be known.

…It is permissible, in a rental contract, to agree on a certain amount of money every day, for example, or a certain amount of money every month, without stipulating the end of the period. Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Mughni: If a person rents a horse for the period of a campaign for one dirham every day, what is narrated from Imam Ahmad is that (this contract) is valid, because ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) hired himself out every day at a rate of one date for every bucket, and the Ansaari did likewise, and the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not denounce that. End quote. The fact that the number of potential visitors is unknown at the time when this rental contract is drawn up does not affect the validity of the contract, because this uncertainty will eventually be resolved.

Based on this, you may either stipulate in the contract a complete period of time such as a month or a year for example, or you may stipulate the rent for each day, for example, even if you do not stipulate when the rental period will end.

With regard to renting according to the number of clicks on the ad, it seems that there is nothing wrong with it, so long as there is agreement on the price per click, provided that you do not use a program to increase the number of people entering the site or hire someone to enter the site repeatedly.

Islamic Humor

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Mulla Nasruddin and the pumpkin vine

One hot day, Mulla Nasruddin was taking it easy in the shade of a walnut tree. After a time, he started eyeing speculatively, the huge pumpkins growing on vines and the small walnuts growing on a majestic tree. Sometimes I just can’t understand the ways of God! He mused. Just fancy letting tiny walnuts grow on so majestic a tree and huge pumpkins on the delicate vines!

Just then a walnut snapped off and fell smack on Mulla Nasruddin’s bald head. He got up at once and lifting up his hands and face to heavens in supplication, said: Oh, my God! Forgive my questioning your ways! You are all-wise. Where would I have been now, if pumpkins grew on trees!

Mulla Nasruddin and the old grave:

One day, Mulla Nasruddin said to his friends: “If I die, bury me in an old grave.” “Why”, asked his friends. “Because”, he explained, “if the angels come, I’ll tell them that I died years before and have already been questioned and then they will return the way they came.”

USA: Blackwater guards given immunity in Iraq shootings

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The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards limited immunity from prosecution for their testimony in last month’s deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, the Associated Press has learned. The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident, which has infuriated the Iraqi government.

…The company has said its Sept. 16 convoy was under attack before its guards opened fire in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square, killing 17 Iraqis. But an initial incident report by U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq, indicated “no enemy activity involved.” The FBI took over the case early this month, officials said, after prosecutors in the Justice Department’s criminal division realized it could not bring charges against Blackwater guards based on their statements to the Diplomatic Security investigators. Officials said the Blackwater bodyguards spoke only after receiving “Garrity” protections, requiring that their statements be used only internally — not for criminal prosecutions.

Philippines: MILF says it got more territory in talks

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday said it was expecting to sign a memorandum of agreement on territory with the government in December. The issue was the biggest stumbling block to the signing of a peace agreement between the government and the Moro rebels, and had caused a deadlock in the talks. But last week, Secretary Jesus Dureza, presidential assistant on the peace process, announced that the deadlock had been broken.

…“We expect the signing of the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain by December this year,” Mohagher Iqbal, MILF chief negotiator, told reporters here yesterday.

Iqbal said the government had agreed to include more villages in the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity, the future Moro territory…Seventy percent of our demand in the territorial aspect of the ancestral domain was granted by the government,” Iqbal said…He said the remaining “30 percent of unresolved issues” would be tackled when the exploratory talks resumes on Nov. 14-17 in Kuala Lumpur.

Iran to make world’s biggest clock

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Iran is slated to make the world’s biggest analog clock, which will be placed in one of eastern Tehran’s most important expressways.The X-shaped clock will be made of iron and aluminum with an annual malfunction of only one second. The 16m wide and 3m high clock will be two dimensional, facing east and west at the same time, and have a warning system. Iranian engineers will be in charge of the project, which will be completed before the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Malaysia: Saladin 3D cartoon launched

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Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) unveiled its Saladin 3D cartoon project, the latest development in MSC Malaysia’s Creative Multimedia Content Initiative (CMCI). Saladin 3D, an animated television series, is meant to cater to the Middle East region, which is looking for content that fits its culture and history.

“We know that the Middle East, a region with a population of over 200 million people, has a hunger for Islamic digital content which has not been met by content producers from other parts of the world. What Malaysia can offer is multimedia solutions which are on a part with anything else from around the world, whilst also being in tune with the culture here and its traditions,” said MDeC General Manager for Middle East Fairuzzudin Nasron.

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) recently formalized their partnership in content development and distribution. The collaboration consists of the co-production and global marketing of the 26 episodes of Saladin 3D Animated Television Series, which is planned for broadcast on Al Jazeera Children’s Channel in the last quarter of 2008.

The Saladin series is based on the epic story of the 12th century Kurdish warrior who united the Muslims during a turbulent era and reclaimed Jerusalem.. The MSC Malaysia Saladin Project made waves internationally when it recently won the Tokyo Big Sight Award at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007 recently. Saladin won the award for its excellence in 3-Dimensional Computer Generated Imagery (3D CGI), special visual effects and animation.

Iraq: Largest Iraq dam in danger of collapse

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Iraq’s largest dam is in danger of collapse and hundreds of thousands of people are at risk from a massive inundation in Mosul and Baghdad, according to US documents released on Tuesday. US experts have warned Baghdad that the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq could buckle under the water pressure and let loose a 20 meter (66 foot) wave onto the regions below, based on assessments by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE).

“The Mosul Dam is judged to have an unacceptable annual failure probability,” the ACE said in a draft report. “In terms of internal erosion potential of the foundation, the Mosul Dam is the most dangerous dam in the world …. If a small problem (at) Mosul Dam occurs, failure is likely,” the ACE concluded last year.

The ACE comments were included in a review of dam fortification work by the US Special Inspector-General for Iraqi Construction (SIGIC) dated October 29 and released on the Internet on Tuesday. The SIGIC report also includes a May 3, 2007 letter to US-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and US military Commander General David Petraeus in which they warned of the risk of a massive disaster if the dam breaks. “A catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam would result in flooding along the Tigris River all the way to Baghdad,” the two US officials said, noting that just 50 kilometers (30 miles) downstream is the city of Mosul, with 1.7 million people.

“Assuming a worst case scenario, an instantaneous failure of the Mosul Dam filled to its maximum operating level could result in a flood wave 20 meters deep at the city of Mosul, which would result in a significant loss of life and property.