I just wanted to know whether downloading books free would be allowed in Islam.
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is a website www.ebooksclub.org which offers free ebooks. the downloads are
totally free. I just wanted to know whether downloading books free would be
allowed in Islam since i am not sure whether any rules are being broken.
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask
for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever
He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that
there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that
Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
and the Shariah Law protects the rights of the person or company who develops
or invents a product and his right to benefit from that product in a just
way. If some person or company has
strived to invent or create something, then it is their right to market and
benefit from that product. If someone
‘steals’ that product and uses it without the permission of the company or
person who invented it, then it would be deemed illegal in Islamic Law, and
would indeed be considered a sin in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
But if the one who invented the product and holds its
legal copyright allows and gives their permission for others to use or utilize
it for free, there is absolutely no harm in utilizing and benefiting from such
Your Question: I
just wanted to know whether downloading books free would be allowed in Islam
If the one who holds the legal copyright for the books
consents or gives their permission for their works to be downloaded free of
charge from their nominated website, and provided the contents of the book do
not violate the laws of Shariah (propagation of ‘shirk’, disbelief, fahisha,
indecency, etc.), there is no harm if one wishes to download their works.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to
Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only
Source of Strength.
Your brother and
well wisher in Islam,