In January 2012, Saudi cleric Sheikh Abd Al-Aziz Al-Taraifi issued a fatwa permitting Muslims to exploit information obtained from hacked Israeli credit cards, in an appearance on the Saudi-owned Al-Risala TV. Noting that Israel is “not a peaceful country,” Al Taraifi exempted Israeli targets from Islam’s ban on dealing with or profiting from stolen materials:
Host: “Is it permissible to use stolen Israeli credit cards?”
Abd Al-Aziz Al-Tarifi: “With regard to stolen credit cards and bank accounts, there are two types of bank accounts. The first type is an account in a bank that is protected, like the Muslim banks, or banks in countries that have peace with the countries of Islam. With regard to countries that have peace with the Islamic state- a person is not allowed to take money that does not belong to him. But if a certain country does not have treaties with the Islamic countries, this is not a peaceful country, and taking its money is permissible. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with using the credit cards of Israelis, or of people from other countries without agreements with the Islamic countries. Therefore, using these credit cards is allowed if they are available.”
Al-Taraifi has a large Twitter presence with 234,383 followers (twitter.com/abdulaziztarefe). In response to a later question on his Twitter feed regarding whether this fatwa could be applied to all non-Muslims, Al-Taraifi confirmed that this exception to Islam’s moral teachings pertained only to Israel.
Sources: Alarabiya.net, January 29, 2012.