Wifi stealing is haram, fatwa issued in Dubai

It is usually observed that wifi networks are easily hackable owing to much easier passwords and entering into a neighbour’s wifi without their knowledge and downloading heavy files is a fun activity to many people.

Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD) in Dubai has announced a fatwa, banning the use of others’ Wi-Fi facility without their permission.

According to this fatwa, as people are not allowed to use the things and products that belong to others, the internet service should also be used only after seeking the permission from the owner.

The main logic behind this fatwa is that when people start using Wi-Fi illegally, the speed of the internet to the original user is decreased. This also charges a lot of data to the owner of the Wi-Fi.

This fatwa was issued after a person placed a question on the website of the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities. The question was, “Is it okay to use other people’s Wi-Fi service without their knowledge?”

In reply to this question, IACAD issued this statement, “It is not allowed for people to use what belongs to others without payment or without their permission. Therefore, the Internet should be used only after subscribing to the service.”

“There is nothing wrong in using other person’s Wi-Fi if the owner of the Wi-Fi permits you to use it. “

The website also stated that typically, such uncertainty arises as Muslim society works to address new issues – issues that develop as technology and society advances.

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