I was wondering if making apps is haram. For example, ones that can help with productivity or communication between groups.

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    Short answer: No
    – ozbek
    Sep 1, 2016 at 0:07
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    I second that, No.
    – user19208
    Sep 1, 2016 at 5:24
  • You can specify a specific app that would be helpful, in general its ok to make apps, but of-course if any app supports anyone in sins, will not be ok of-course. Sep 1, 2016 at 18:42
  • Maybe you could add why you think it is could be haram and what makes you ask the question? You a certainly writing this question in an "app" (or web which also is an app). Wouldn't that too be haram then?
    – Kilise
    Sep 2, 2016 at 11:20
  • if your niya is for Halal that its ok, else its Haram wallaho aalam Sep 2, 2016 at 19:38

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It's not the app, it's what it's used for.

This is analogous to asking is English haram? There are things one can say in English which are haram to say, but the English language is not the problem. Likewise, an app is not a problem in itself.

Many Muslims routinely use non-Islamic apps like clocks, email apps, and document readers, along with Islamic apps for e.g. prayer times and mosque locations. Many can be found by Googling Islam apps, Quran apps etc. Indeed, many scholars of Islam use Facebook and various social media, and presumably many of them use apps. But, of course, there will be apps, such as gambling apps, which would be haram to make.

In the context of an FM radio app proposal, we have the following fatwa:

In principle, it is permissible to develop radio applications for smartphones, etc. as long as it serves an educational or religious purpose and does not entail of any sin or evil. However, it is prevalent that its usage is predominately for the wrong purposes... it would be reprehensible for one to develop a FM radio app. -- Fahad Abdul Wahab, checked and approved by Mufti Ebrahim Desai, sourced from IslamQA.org (another example is from AskImam.org in the context of games)

In the context of developing an Islam "brownie point" system:

In principle, there is nothing wrong with setting up an electronic application... However, the program must be regulated by the Sharee'ah and free from innovations. -- IslamWeb.net

In the context of making a phone app to sell Islamic information:

Making these Islamic apps... aimed at spreading the religion of Allah, and teaching Qur’an and hadeeth, is a great and blessed good deed... -- Islam Q&A


Lets see this in this way that you can keep a knife or a gun in your home for safety but you cannot use it for killing someone. Just like that you can develop mobile apps but for positive use.

for example app for selling mobile-phones is OK but app for selling pig is haram.Because pig is haram.

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