No Harm in Downloading a Book for Personal Use

21-4-2019 | IslamWeb


Salam Alaikum,I love reading. I used to read fantasy literature but i am trying to let that go. Thing is i said to Allah after last book purchases i will not spend money on entertainment books again. Now, i also like history and i have found books online.The book is falcon of Quresh. I am worried about copyrights. The author is dead.Can i download this book, I repented to Allah from violating copyrights again Also.Jaza k Allah Khair,Hazeem Azam Dar


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There is no harm in downloading a book that is online if there is nothing that prevents from downloading and reading it.

Some scholars are even of the view that there is absolutely no sin if one uses it for a personal benefit without earning any money from it.

Personal benefit is if someone wants the book to read and not to sell it or earn from it.

Therefore, there is no harm at all in benefitting from the mentioned book, especially if there is nothing that indicates the prohibition of downloading it.

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 394327.

Allah knows best.