Halal-Haram are core Islamic concepts. All of a Muslim’s life revolves around this twin axis of Halal-Haram.
Haram means “Forbidden.” Taboo. It means inadmissible, unlawful, impermissible.
Halal means that which is “Not Forbidden.” It means that which is lawful, permissible, admissible.
And this Twin Axis of Halal-Haram is created by God Almighty himself. Because God Almighty is the true and real legislator of all things in human life. And this Twin Halal-Haram Axis is the foundation stone of all human legislative needs.
And, of course, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is too. He is the second source of all human legislative ideas and procedures and methods, after Allah.
Go and count in the Qur’an the number of times God Almighty couples the name of his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, with his own name. Go and see how many times the Qur’an says: Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Atee’ullaha wa Atee’ur Rasula.
After that, and based on guidelines and models provided by Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, humans in every age and place are free to do their own specific legislation based on their changing needs.
So, given the enormity of the concepts of Halal and Haram in Islam, it is not a good thing to loosely shoot one’s mouth, calling this or that thing Halal or Haram in a cavalier fashion.
Keeping all these caveats in mind, I still feel comfortable saying, in a Fatwa-like manner, that Typos are Haram.
And by that I mean, people, when they write their stuff, whatever it is that they write, have an “Islamic” responsibility to make sure that their writings are Typo free. Otherwise, they will be committing a sin for each Typo they make and allow to pass into their writing.
After that, at stage two, all those who publish and proofread that material, and would not catch those typos and let them stand, would also be committing a sin.
After that, at stage three, all those who read that material in one form or another, and for one reason or another, and ignore those Typos and fail to take any steps to alert responsible people to correct them, will also be sinful.
This is the kind of Chain Reaction of Sin that, when it takes hold of a society, corrodes that society and weakens its moral fiber, and makes it vulnerable to all kinds of other moral, social and spiritual problems and issues.
So, if this sounds like a Fatwa, it is. Well, a Fatwa of sorts, really, from someone who does not relish being in the Fatwa business, though qualified to issue Fatwas by background, qualification and training.
And if, on the other hand, it sounds like a piece of social analysis, it is, which, social analysis I mean, I love doing. And also, for doing which I have undertaken enormous efforts to equip myself with all the needed training, tools and education.
So, everybody, beware of typos: whether you make them; read them; or choose to ignore them.
And beware of the nefarious impact these seemingly innocuous Typos can produce on individuals and societies.