Ruling on using copied computer software – Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Question: May Allah be good to you, this question is also from Algeria. The brother says: I work on a computer with copied software which the Christians own. I work on copied CDs although they do not allow copying it (ie. the software). However, we copy it and use it for seeking knowledge?

Answer: This is not allowed and this is their right. It is not allowed that we transgress them and it is not allowed that we take their wealth. It is not allowed that we transgress them and we say they are Christians. No, this is from deception. This is their right and we do not take it as long as they prevent this. These are rights for them and we do not transgress and we say this is from Dawah. What is this from Dawah? This is a distortion from Dawah. Islam forbids this: transgression on the wealth of the people, the rights of the people, even if they are disbelievers. Yes.”

Translated by Faisal ibn Abdul Qaadir ibn Hassan
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