i want to learn the grammar of the quran from some books I found. They are available for free on the Internet Archive. I think almost all books have on their first pages the quote "All rights reserved" or there is a clear sign that it has copyright. Only on the second volume of a book I want to read, the copyright isn't clear but the first volume of this book has the copyright so you can say that the second volume also has copyright. Also some books are I think public domain because the "first" time these books were published, it was before 1923. Can someone help regarding these topic: Islamic ruling of reading books online for free, Public domain (halal or haram) and also books on the internet archive that have this text: enter image description here

  • Why would it be haram? – Epistemophile.Bibliophile Apr 26 at 11:56
  • It is legal to read those books. Copyright did not exist in former times so that there's no ruling particular to Islam – Jeschu May 26 at 21:29

Good question. Well, reading Islamic books from the internet is not haram. It depends on the author. If he says something wrong, you will believe in it. That is why when I read books on the internet then I read books from scholars of Islam.

~Osman Sayed


"May be used for non-commercial, personal, research, or educational purposes, or any fair use".

You said you used it for educational purposes, so it is legally and Islamically allowed.

Aslong as the book is free for non-commercial, personal, research, or educational purposes, it is perfectly halal (if the contents aren't haram) to read them.

Haram starts when the book is not free for non-commercial, personal, research, or educational purposes, and you read it for free (without permission of course).

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