I need to ask few questions which help me out to undersand many things Insha Allah Scenario: If a person is a software developer and come to know that piracy is haram and then suddenly he use the pirated software(Windows) to download opensource software(Linux). Questions: 1-What is the Islamic ruling on the money he earns from the software development using Linux as the source of downloading the opensource software is Unlawful that is pirated software (windows)? 2-The knowledge he gain which will be helpful for him in the Lawful earning of money from the unlawful source(Pirated Windows and different software)? 3-Does he need to quit the whole profession as he learnt every thing from the unlawful source(pirated softwares) but the knowledge helps him to earn lawful money after using the legal softwares 4-Does he need to charity all money when he don't have understanding of Islam and he unknowingly use the pirated softwares for his profession? 5- can he purchase legal things from the unlawful money and later charity the unlawful money from the lawful money

I hope some one will help me out Thanks Regards Muhammad Harris

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In Islam your income being halal or haram depends on whether you earned it by your own effort or not in first place.

So to earn halal money you need:

  • to earn it by your own effort.
  • have a halal job means for example you should not run a riba business or sell alcohol or more general earn your money from something that Allah clearly forbid.

As for the matter of piracy there are plenty answers on the site I suggest you to read this one: Do you need permission to download islamic videos from the Internet? and there might be others.

I'd say if you used for example windows just to download and install linux and removed it from your pc you should be on the safe site. But you should repent from this misuse to be even safer. Note that in case you used pirated software while you are able to buy it legally the matter might be different, but Allah knows best.

  • is stealing allowed in Islam ??? Is using of pirated softwares not stealing ?
    – Harris
    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:28
  • Question 2- The knowledge he gain which will be helpful for him, in the Lawful earning of money from the unlawful source(Pirated Windows and different software)?
    – Harris
    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:33
  • Question3- Open source software are not available to sell??where shall i purchase it as i need some software or operating system to download all open source softwares
    – Harris
    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:35
  • Stealing is not allowed in Islam, but in Islam there's no copy right system on knowledge so if you gain (useful) knowledge the source basically doesn't play a role. However some say if copy right is clearly written one should not break it. Gained (useful) knowledge is always halal.
    – Medi1Saif
    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:53
  • Thanks for giving me sound answers and enough time.
    – Harris
    Dec 5, 2019 at 10:49

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