What Is the Ruling on Buying Electronics Online or without Direct Exchange with It Containing Gold Plating?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I know that in Islam, it is haram to buy gold without immediate exchange and hand to hand, but what about electronic items such as phones or computers? I have asked experts, and they say that the PCB (printed circuit board) and the processor on electronic devices does contain genuine gold plating for the conductor of electricity and protection from corrosion. Is it haram to buy electronics without immediate exchange and hand-to-hand?

The expert also mentions that the gold plating is very thin.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health.

In the case of electronic components, smartphones, and circuit boards that contain gold plating, immediate exchange and hand-to-hand are not necessary. Therefore, it will be permissible to buy electronics without immediate exchange and hand-to-hand.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.