Setting up an ebooks website

Q: I want to start a business. Where people can download free books from the website that I will make. Normally we download books from websites, remove
their watermark, paste ours and upload on our website. People come and download the books. There are Ads that bring money. My question is:

  1. Is it Ok to upload and make books free for people when authors are unaware.

  2. Downloading books from others and make soft copies of your own for people, seems wrong. Is it a sin? Because I heard not all wrong doings are sin.

  3. Money made from such business is haram?

Please guide me. I will be really thankful.



1 – 2. Yes.

3. It is permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)