Islam/Using cracked software...
I'm here to ask about the ruling and law when using pirated and cracked software. Once I downloaded a useful software into my PC. It was a trial version to be used for a month and I had the idea to crack it and use it as a full version even though I need to register the software to run it as a full version. Registering involves buying the license key whereas I don't use credit cards at all. So when I was searching for cracked license keys online, suddenly an idea came up in my mind that I'm going to do a fraud or some illegal work. But before this I haven't thought about such issues. This incident paved the way for me to think about this issue deeply...
People all over the world including me are using so many such software in our PCs including the biggest software; that is the operating system(OS) being a cracked version...
We as Muslims know that stealing and robbing as illegal acts but I think as Muslims we haven't thought about the issue I'm concerned here right now.
So in brief I use cracked OS and other software. I also have a doubt about owning and using laptops and desktops having such software. So my question is what's your opinion and the ruling in Islamic point of view?
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim (In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
Its prohibited !! its stealing/cheating. You should pay for the software you are using.
[Quran 60:12] O Prophet! When believing women come pedging to you, that they will not associate in worship anything with Allah (God), that they will not steal, that they will not commit adultery (or fornication), that they will not kill their children, that they will not utter slander, intentionally forging falsehood, and that they will not disobey you in any good matter, then accept their pledge, and ask Allah to forgive them, Verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful
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