E-Book FAQ's

All Ad-Duha e-books are copyrighted material. Purchasing e-books entitles you to use the books in your own home for yourself and your children, it does not grant ownership of the copyright or permission to distribute or share the books with others in any form.

 

Please be aware that posting these e-books online, transferring them to a third party printer/copier to be printed (even for your personal use), sharing through email, or making additional copies (digital or print) for others outside your household (for free or for sale) is a breach of the copyright. All copyrights remain the sole property of Ad-Duha Institute. For more information on copyright law in Islaam, please see the references below (Fataawa Section).

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Once you have purchased e-books from our e-Book Store, you will immeadiately have access to your downloads. You will also be emailed a download link for your e-books at the same time. All e-books will have a digital fingerprint (your email and the date of purchase will be printed in small font at the top of each page). You can download the e-books up to 3 times. If all attemps at downloading have been used, you will be given the opportunity to reset thte links yourself one time. 

FATAAWA (RELIGIOUS RULINGS) REGARDING COPYRIGHTS AND THE SALE OF PRODUCTS TEACHING ISLAMIC KNOWLEDGE

 

Some customers have contacted Ad-Duha in the past with questions regarding copyrights, particularly in reference to the sale of products teaching Islamic knowledge. Therefore, we have posted some of the decisions of the scholars (Fatwa) on these issues so that these matters can be understood based on a correct understanding of the Sharee'ah (Islamic Law).

 

The Fiqh Council of the Muslim World League 
Makkah al-Mukarramah 

 

The author and inventor should have rights with regard to that which they have written and invented, and this right is something that belongs to them according to Sharee'ah. It is not permissible for anyone to take it away from them without their permission...

Similarly, neither the publisher with whom the author makes a  deal nor anyone else has the right to change any of the content of the book or to change anything else without the author's consent.

 

The Islamic Fiqh Council in Jeddah, 
belonging to the Organization of the Islamic Conference

 

Trade names, company names, trademarks, writings, and inventions are all the copyright of their owners or authors, which in modern practice have acquired monetary value. These rights are respected by Sharee'ah and it is not permissible to transgress against them. The owner of these rights has the right to dispose of them and no one should transgress against them.

The Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fataawa 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

It is not permissible to make copies of  programs (software) whose authors have forbidden the making of copies without their permission because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)  said: "The Muslims are bound by their conditions." And he (peace and  blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever reaches a permissible thing  first (i.e. the author/inventor) has more right to it."

 

Fatwa from Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)

 

In regard to the permissibility of breaking a copyright: If the authorities (government or international law for example) forbid that (breaking the copyright), then it is not  permissible, because Allaah has enjoined us to obey those who are in authority, except it if involves disobedience to Allaah, but banning the copying of these things is not disobedience to Allaah.

 

Islamic Fiqh Council 

(concerning the sale of products containing Islamic knowledge)  

 

Undoubtedly the authors of these tapes and CDs have expended time, effort and money to produce them, and there is nothing in Sharee'ah to indicate that they should not take the profits that result from this work. The one who transgresses against their rights is wronging them and consuming their wealth unlawfully.

 

Shaykh Muhammad Baazmool 
Umm Al-Quraa University in Makkah

 

In regards to copyrighted material being posted on the internet without the author's knowledge: The answer to this is found in what I have already said, since this action of his is a kind of transgression against the intellectual property rights (copyrights) of his Muslim brother. And this action of his is similar to stealing, as this is stealing intellectual property rights (copyrights), and stealing as defined in the Sharee'ah is taking things that are valued at a quarter of a deenaar (coin, or unit money, used at the time of the prophet) or more. I say that it is upon the one who has done this action to hide this material (ie. by removing the page), seek permission from the owner, and not publish it until after this permission is obtained.

 

In regards to those who make derivative works based on the original without permission: And if he has taken some liberties with this material, making changes to it, and has acted with tadlees (deception), then this is a crime that he has committed against the owner of this material, and a transgression against the brother who did the work of translating the material and making footnotes to it, and has done an action that is not permissible.

 

And no doubt, the people of wara', the people of the Religion, the people of taqwa are keen to do things in a way to achieve (barakah) blessings. And blessings do not come in a thing done in this manner. So if information is being taken in this manner, then it will be void of any blessing.

 

And it is upon all of us to work hard to teach the people these affairs. And every person should respect the rights of others, so that this kind of affair does not take place, as it is a form of transgression against the rights (of the people). Islam calls to the preservation of these kinds of rights, to uphold them, and to not transgress (against others) or commit crimes like these, and Allaah knows best.

 

CONTRACT SEVERABILITY

 

If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.

 

WITNESS

 

We take Allah as witness in all of our affairs. May He grant us benefit from what is good in it and protect us from any harm in it. 

 

 

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