This latest news comes as a stark warning to anyone who can’t help themselves, and finds it necessary to check their partner’s phone. 

Going through your spouse’s phone without his or her consent or knowledge could land you in prison and face a hefty fine.

The Grand Mufti at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) told Emirates 24|7 that going through someone’s personal messages, and images is against Islam.

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“Islam has already deprived such misconducts even before human ordinances came into being. Religious instructions precede human laws,” said Dr Ali Ahmed Mashael, the Grand Mufti at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD).

The Grand Mufti highlighted that it is important to avoid suspicion and commit any act that could be deemed as mistrusting as this can only lead to trouble. Instead he advises being open in communication, speaking to your loved one and about any issues you may have.

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Anyone who has watched any soap opera is bound to have seen at least one scene in which a suspicious lover checks a partner’s phone… and we all know it never ends well, and in the UAE that reality is even more serious.

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Snooping on someone’s phone is not to be taken lightly, in fact this form of espionage falls under the Federal Penal Code No. 380. This breach of privacy can lead to imprisonment and a fine, esepcially if you disclose information stored on a victim’s phone.

Not convinced this story is real? Only recently an Arab woman in Ajman was found guilty of breaching the privacy of her husband after she looked into his mobile without his permission.

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She allegedly found evidence of an affair, yet when she confronted him he reported her to the police. She was fined Dhs150,000 and it is believed she will also be deported.

Morale of the story, checking someone’s phone is never worth it. Back away from the device.

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