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extract from I LOVE ALLAH : copyrights fatwa
Fatwa Regarding Copyright by Sheikh Feiz:
Asalaamu Alaykum warahmatAllah wabarakatahu. Dear brother and Sister i ask the Almighty to increase your knowledge, knowledge that is implemented then taught then patience in the face of adversity is observed.
I appreciate your understanding to this issue, the issue of copyright in islam, and i do respect your view. However there are a few things that i believe that should be looked at before passing any judgements on this issue, for indeed it is an issue of great controversy.
1st:Islam is not the property of an individual. The Quran and the sunnah are divine revelations revealed to man in order that they be followed.
2nd:There isno precedentin the glorious Word of the Almighty nor in the sunnah, nor in the views of the early jurists (fuqaha) thatknowledge of islam can be subjected to private ownership or to sale and purchase.
3rd:I see it as a major obstuction in the spreading of this beautiful deen, as many people can only afford their basic daily needs which i believe are the majority, thereforecopyright prevents these people from learning their deen.
4th:Many people buy their islamic material on line which in reality could lead to a prohibited act(i.e) credit cards etc...
5th:Copyright today for most people hasbecome no more than business, where many people have lost the real focus of da'wahwhich should besolely for the sake of Allah.
What i see from all this and much more my beloved brother Ahmad is that copyright is a major prevention of spreading this beautiful deen to the world.
Allah the Most High says in surat Ad-Duha:11 (interpretation of its meaning): "And proclaim the grace of your Lord"
The prophet (peace be upon him) said:"Convey regarding me even if it were one verse"
He (peace be upon him) also said:"Whoever calls people to right guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow him,without that detracting from their reward in the slightest...Narrated by Muslim,
So how can one convey this beautiful deen which is the greatest treasure on this earth when he is prevented from doing so because of copyright.
May Allah the Almighty forgive us for our shortcomings and guide us to that which He loves and is pleased with. This is my opinion and Allah knows best. Sh Feiz, wa salam alaykum warahmatAllah wabarakatahu
Courtesy Of: Dhikrullah.com/forum
Copyright Issue By Shaykh Sulayman Ibn Nasir Al-‘Ulwan:
Shaykh Sulaymaan was asked about this issue once, and his reply included the following:
1st:This is acontemporary issuein which theScholars have differed.
2nd:Some have unrestrictedly rejectedthe idea, somehaveunrestrictedly acceptedthe idea, andsomehaveexplained it according to details.
3rd:His conclusion was thatthings thataren't your work cannot be copyrighted, such as works from the Scholars of the passed, like if someone takes it and claims rights to the work itself because the person happened to publish it.
4th:If the persondoes the work himself, hehas the right to copyright it in terms of buyingandselling, in that it isnot allowed for anyone to copyit andmake moneyoff of it exceptwithhispermission.
5th:If someone wants tocopy itin order to learn or teach, spread Da'wah, etc. hehas the right to do so even if it is copyrighted, butcannot make money off of it. Also,if he can pay, he should, as it took time and money for the thing to be written and published to begin with.